The testing of Job is familiar to almost everyone. While we tend to focus on his loss of family and fortune along with his intense physical suffering, in point of fact, it was Job’s godly character that made him Satan’s target for a brief time:
Job 29:7-17 (NKJV)
“When I went out to the gate by the city,
When I took my seat in the open square,
The young men saw me and hid,
And the aged arose and stood;
The princes refrained from talking,
And put their hand on their mouth;
The voice of nobles was hushed,
And their tongue stuck to the roof of their mouth.
When the ear heard, then it blessed me,
And when the eye saw, then it approved me;
Because I delivered the poor who cried out,
The fatherless and the one who had no helper.
The blessing of a perishing man came upon me,
And I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.
I put on righteousness, and it clothed me;
My justice was like a robe and a turban.
I was eyes to the blind,
And I was feet to the lame.
I was a father to the poor,
And I searched out the case that I did not know.
I broke the fangs of the wicked,
And plucked the victim from his teeth.
Helping people was a practical and integral part of Job’s life. He didn’t simply talk about the oppressed. He took the initiative to alleviate suffering and advocate for those who faced hardship. Job was admired and had stature among his peers for his benevolence.
You can choose to be a blessing to others; be alert to needs and provide tangible help to those around you!
© Charles E. McCracken, devotional comments only. Repost/Reprint with permission from the author. Scripture taken from the NKJV.