January 17, 2014

“Love is Patient”

Patience in the Middle of the Storm - Job 1:1-19

So, you knew this was coming; you just can't talk about patience without mentioning Job. I imagine you know this story well - Job had more than a bad day! If anyone had a reason to lose his temper and his patience, it was Job. At the beginning of the story, he had it all: a righteous walk with God, a wife, seven sons, three daughters, 7000 sheep, 3000 camels, 500 oxen, 500 donkeys, many servants, and a good reputation. Then the storm came and everything changed!

How do you respond when the storms of life enter your comfortable landscape? Through patiently trusting and looking to our Lord, we can overcome. "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28 NIV). After all was said and done, the Lord rewarded Job with twice as much as he had before concerning his animals and possessions. He and his wife bore seven more sons and three more daughters. Job lived more than 140 years on this earth. He sustained much, remained patient and faithful to God, was rewarded immensely, and was probably a huge influence on everyone who met him.