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Person of Integrity-Job

April 11th, 2018 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Person of Integrity from the Bible is Job.

In the book of Job, his noble character is described as “blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.”

His faith had the attention of God and Satan. They had a conversation about him. Satan told God that the only reason that Job was upright was because God had blessed him and put a hedge around him. But if God would strike everything he has, Satan was convinced that Job would curse God to his face. Tragedy followed this conversation.

One by one, messengers came to tell Job that he lost his wealth, his sons and daughters, and his livestock. Job responded to the news by tearing his robe, shaving his head, and worshiping God. He said, “The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.”

The faithfulness of Job to worship the LORD in tragedy inspires us to stay true to God in our brokenness and to live a life of integrity.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Lesson Of Faith-Perseverance of Job

September 3rd, 2013 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today, WJTL remembers the perseverance of Job.

James 5:11 says, “As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.”

The story of Job is one of human tragedy and godly triumph. Here was a man who lost practically everything. Yet, he did not give up on God even though he suffered much pain without knowing why he was going down this road of human suffering.

One of his statements gives us insight into what God can do through our moments of hardship.  Job said, “He knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.”

Just as God took Job’s faith through the refinement process in the midst of his troubles, He can also use trials to purify us. First Peter 1:6 says, “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith-of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire-may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”

The perseverance of Job is a lesson of faith worth remembering.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com