I’ve been thinking that I want to be like Job. Now, don’t write me off as spiritually pretentious or insincere. I’m not pretending to be desirous of Job’s trials so I can develop perseverance and Christ like character. I don’t want my kids to die and I don’t want to spend my days in a pile of ashes, scraping painful sores with a potsherd. I guess I’m just not feeling that spiritual.
But Job had a story before the one recorded in the Bible. There must have been a unique depth and substance to his relationship with God. When the validity of God’s relationship with mankind was challenged by Satan, God thought of Job.
The indictment was this: A person’s faithfulness to God depended entirely upon material blessings and physical protection. Even God’s most faithful of servants would turn their back on him if those things were taken away. In other words—people didn’t really love God; they were only using Him (Job 1:10-11).
For reasons unknown to us, God chose to answer this charge and disprove Satan’s spiteful and wicked claims. It was good, in God’s sight, to demonstrate before the angels that the relationship between God and man was legitimate.
And for this purpose, He thought of Job.
Job 1:8 (NASB)
8 The LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil.”
Now Job didn’t have it all figured out—his theology was a little off. But he was willing to admit when he was wrong. The bottom line is that God saw something in his heart. God trusted him to remain faithful. Job’s life prior to this drama in the heavens had revealed a sincere and enduring love for God.
I don’t wish for trials. I’ve no desire to be tested by Satan, but if it came down to it, I would want God to think of me. I want Him to be able to say, “Have you considered my servant Crystal?”
See my related article about Peter and Job here.