This Month's Promise

“..whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

- Mark 11: 24

Read: Job 1: 1-12


“... (Job) was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.” (Job 1:1)

There are five qualities of Job which we need to imitate in our lives. First, Job was a model of home piety. Job’s sons were in the habit of gathering at each others’ houses, and after their feasting was over, Job was accustomed to gather them all together and pray that God would forgive them if they had said, or thought or done anything that was wrong. Some people pretend to be very good and pious when among strangers, but they are not careful how they act at home. If we are really trying to be good Christians and to love and serve God, then home is the place in which our religion would be seen. Secondly, Job was a model of intelligent piety. He lived very long ago, before any part of the Bible was written. But he had a very clear view of character of God and the way to serve Him. He got his knowledge only from God. If we also come to the Bible to find out what true piety is, we shall understand this as Job did and our piety like his will be intelligent piety. Thirdly, Job was a model of practical piety. His piety did not show itself in what he said only, but also mainly in what he did. He carried his religion wherever he went. (chapter 29) Let us learn from the example of Job and walk our talk. Fourthly, Job was a model of patient piety. The apostle James says, “You have heard of the patience of Job.” (James 5) This is the first thought that comes to us when the name of Job is mentioned. Think of his terrible calamities. If we were in his position, we would have been tempted to say some very bitter things against the providence of God for permitting so great affliction to come upon us. But Job said nothing of the kind. All he did is mentioned thus - “Job got up, tore his robe and shaved his head.” (Job 1:20) which expressed his great sorrow. Fifthly, Job was a model of rewarded piety. When Satan said, “Does Job fear God for nothing?”, (Job 1:9) he meant to say that Job was selfish in his religion and only served God for the profit he expected from it. But he was mistaken here. Job held on to his integrity till the end.

Dear friends, all who serve God as faithful as Job will certainly find themselves richly rewarded - even us.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, let me like Job have the home piety, intelligent piety, practical piety, patient piety and rewarded piety. Let me stand firm even amidst persecutions, trials and difficulties and let me not forsake my faith in you. Give me your grace to keep up my integrity. Amen.