And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.
– Job 1:5
- Thought on Today’s Verse:
Not only did Job himself fear God and shun evil, but he also often offered burnt offerings for his sons and daughters, fearful that they had sinned against God.God’s assessment of Job was: “There is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that fears God, and eschews evil.” It can be seen that Job was the only one who was approved of by God at that time. Though possessed of many assets, Job believed that the feasting of his sons and daughters was a sin against God. He not only didn’t join his sons and daughters but also prayed for them.
There’s a passage about Job: “Evidently, then, Job was disciplined in his lifestyle, and was not greedy or hedonistic, nor did he fixate upon quality of life, as a result of God’s blessings to him. Instead, he was humble and modest, and cautious and careful before God, he often gave thought to God’s graces and blessings, and was continually fearful of God. In his daily life, Job often rose early to offer burnt offerings for his sons and daughters. In other words, not only did Job himself fear God, but he also hoped that his children would likewise fear God and not sin against God. Job’s material wealth held no place within his heart, nor did it replace the position held by God; whether for the sake of himself or his children, Job’s daily actions were all connected to fearing God and shunning evil. His fear of Jehovah God did not stop at his mouth, but was put into action, and reflected in each and every part of his daily life.”
We should fear God and shun evil like Job. If we get lost in the vortex of seeking money, fame and fortune, and material enjoyments, and toss aside the way of fearing God and shunning evil, God’s place in our hearts will vanish. Once we stray from God, we will live in torment without reliance, not knowing how to face everything in life; If we stray from God, we don’t know how to differentiate between the positive and the negative, then we will easily do evil and resist God.
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