On May 9, the church remembers Job. It’s difficult to place Job’s life and times historically. Not much detail is given in the book that would tell us when or where he lived. However, in all probability, the land of Uz, Job’s home, (Job 1:1) was somewhere in the Transjordan region (modern-day Syria and Jordan). Since his story was already well-known at the time of the prophets (see Ezek. 14:14), Job probably lived at the time of the patriarchs, the very first worshippers of God.
Job is a saint for Christians of all times because Job is remembered for his patient endurance. If you have a minute, read the first two chapters of Job for the introduction to Job’s story. Job’s name is mentioned in a heavenly conversation between God and Satan as an example of a man who is truly faithful to God. Satan counters by explaining that Job has only been faithful to God because God has protected him and all his family and possessions. Satan contends that if God were to allow misfortune to befall Job, Job would fall away in an instant. Satan is given authority by God to bring calamity upon Job, and he does. In a single day, Job’s ten children die and all of his wealth is lost. Still, Job remains faithful in praising God: “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21).
In a second heavenly conversation, Satan argues that God is still protecting Job too much. If God allowed Satan to inflict bodily harm on Job, than surely he would become faithless. God consents to Satan’s plan to afflict Job’s body, but he will not allow Satan to kill him. Yet still, Job remains faithful in his praise of God, even when his wife tells him to curse God and die. [Read more…]