Friday, February 5, 2010
There was a Man!
Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.
Here we have a man, an honest, God-fearing, family man. He stands as a man's man. In our culture, real men are fewer and farther between. Either men have been emasculated by bossy wives and feminist culture or they try to hang on to vestiges of manliness with "machismo."
He was a man in the land of Uz. The land was named after a son of Aram and means "consultation." This man was one to whom many came for counsel. His wisdom came from experience in which God gave him great wisdom.
His name was Job, "hated, persecuted." The man we see here was a sufferer, hated and persecuted by the devil. He was one counted worthy to suffer for the Lord. His reaction to that persecution is a standard for men of all ages.
That man was perfect and upright. How many men do we know who can stand up to scrutiny, as Job did, and be honored with the description "perfect and upright?"
This man feared God. He knew the capabilities of the Almighty. There was no doubt in this man's heart about Who was large and in charge. His life was lived accordingly. God was his hope, help and salvation. He was a man of priorities and God was always first in his life.
This man eschewed evil. This means that he was turned off by it, he revolted against evil.
Oh, that God would give us more men like Job! Men who are men in every aspect. Men who are approachable, possess wisdom, have their heads screwed on straight, clean-living, God-fearing and right-living.
Will you be one of those men?