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A Man Apart – Job Part 1

January 4, 2010

Here we are in 2010!  We made it!  If you’re anything like me a new year brings a bit of hope and a bit of relief.  Hope for a new year and the things to come.  Relief from the old year and the things that were hard to handle.  It is a time for new goals and resolutions and a time to seek new opportunities to experience God.  Many of us who are Christians have probably set our sites on becoming a better Christian in 2010.  More Christlike.  The Bible talks about a man apart, unique among men, who feared the Lord and lived in reverence towards him.  The man’s name was Job and as we begin 2010 we would do well to resolve to work towards the characteristics that made him unique in the eyes of the Lord.

In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright;he feared God and shunned evil.  He had seven sons and three daughters, and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East.  Job 1:1-2

In Job’s day, wealth was measured in live stock and the scriptures show us that Job was unique in the eyes of men because of the wealth he had accumulated.  Undoubtedly he was a hard worker and earned everything he had.  However, although his wealth was unique in the eyes men it was not what set him apart in the eyes of the Lord.

The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.  1 Samuel 16:7

Job was a man apart in the Lord’s eyes because of what he believed and how he lived, not because of what he had.

Blameless

The scriptures describe Job as a man who was blameless.  This is not to say that Job never did anything wrong or was not at fault for anything during his life but rather that he was a man who was morally sound, a man of integrity.  Apparently that type of man was in short supply then just as it is now.

Upright

Job is said to have been a man who was upright.  In other words, someone who lived correctly or who lived right.  Undoubtedly his upright living flowed from the moral integrity of his character, his blamelessness.

Tomorrow we will look at two addition characteristics that set Job apart in the eyes of the Lord.  Let’s work towards a blameless and upright living in 2010 little by little starting today.  Are you like me and in need of some adjustments to your moral integrity, your blamelessness?  Make a small change today.  More than likely what is affecting your moral integrity is what you watch or what you listen to.  I know that’s what affects mine.  Make a small change today and stick with it.  If you do, you’ll begin to see a difference in your ability to live upright and you’ll be working your way to be more Christlike in 2010.

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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