Rich in the Flesh and in the Spirit

To read the Bible in a year, read Job 1–3.
The secularists hate people like Job. First, because he was rich in the Spirit, “There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil” (Job 1:1). Second, because he was rich in the flesh, “And seven sons and three daughters were born to him. Also, his possessions were seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen, five hundred female donkeys, and a very large household, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the East” (Job 1:2, 3). Third, because Job loved his children and did not want them to be guilty of sin before God, “And his sons would go and feast in their houses, each on his appointed day, and would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. So it was, when the days of feasting had run t heir course, that Job would send and sanctify them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, ‘It may be that my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.’ Thus Job did regularly” (Job 1:4, 5). Secularists do not like to hear those things because they hate religion, but religion made Job a good man. Secularists believe that the world is plagued by people like Job, yet, I think everyone of us would like to have had Job as a neighbor!
God, give us more men like Job!

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