FEBRUARY 22: WHOM HE FAVORS

WHOM HE FAVORS
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"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.
... Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them. And the Lord said unto Satan, 'Whence comest thou?' Then Satan answered the Lord and said, 'From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. And the Lord said unto Satan, 'Hast thou considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on earth; a perfect and upright man; one that feareth God and escheweth evil? Then Satan answered the Lord and said, 'Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast Thou not made a hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth Thine hand now and touch all that he hath and he will curse Thee to Thy face.' And the Lord said unto Satan, 'Behold, all that he hath is in thy power, only upon himself put not forth thy hand.' So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord."
Job 1:1; 6-12 
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Job was a man supremely favored by God and yet severely tested by Satan.
Few individuals have ever been called to endure the external and internal blows that struck Job and even fewer retain an indomitable faith.
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Favor from God, we learn, is definitely and definitively not the absence of trial, and something has gotten lost in the story of Job worth reexamining.
In the midst of discussions on loss, survival, friendship, and the forces of good and evil; we have lost, perhaps, the greater story about love between God and a man.
Possibly, yes?
Maybe ...?
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Job is a story about a man loving God on a really painful journey called life.
Love for God, when events in life turned horrific, overshadowed and overpowered all attempts to extinguish that love.
God knew Job and Job knew God.
Job was tested:
Relationally,
Vocationally,
Emotionally,
Mentally,
Physically,
And spiritually.
And the story about Job asserts that he kept moving deeper and deeper into the heart of God while receiving more and more reasons to discount and question God.
The story of Job asserts that the favor of God must never be questioned in the presence of unfavorable ramifications because of that favor.
Job kept at the thing called surrender to God until his soul received what he longed for from God:
"More of Him."
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At the risk of sounding over-simplistic; 
I urge you to consider bypassing the probing, pondering, theological mission that so many find themselves engaged on in Job.
Read the book and scope out the heart of a man who was searching, seeking, and desperate in his attempts to not let go of God, and trusting more than anything that God had not let go of him.
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Many things were restored in double to Job in the end;
but all the surplus in the world wasn't anything compared to the surrendered heart that received more of God in its end.
Job's story and God's glory ... all beautifully bound together,
and the two together as one.
I think that's how God wants us to read it.
The favor of God is a beautiful, hard, curious thing;
and blessed is the man on whom it rests.

Hmmm ...
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"Blessed is the man whom Thou choosest, and causest to approach unto Thee, that he may dwell in Thy courts; we shall be satisfied with the goodness of Thy house, even of Thy holy temple."
Psalm 65:4