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Surfing for Job's Blog
by Jack Vorster
4/21/2011 / Christian Living
I've heard so much about a man named Job that I decided to surf the net for more information. I surfed the net high and low trying to find something that Job had perhaps written about his plight - a website, a blog or an article but found nothing. Surely, there had to be something.
This poor man could have cried out to the world for commiseration by detailing the events of the uninvited misery that came his way and of which he was undeserved - his struggles, his losses, his diseases and the accompanying medical reports indicating very little hope for his condition. After all, everyone else has been doing it. Why not him?
There is also no record of him being a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show for publicity and empathy for the uniqueness of his situation. And neither has he appeared on the Dr. Phil platform where good advice could have resolved his psychological dilemma. I came across an endless count of websites, blogs and articles covering money-making, self-improvement and health and fitness courses and coaches that could have worked miracles for him.
Yes, every Dick Tom and Harry can be found using articles and blogs as vehicles to publish the pains of personal troubles, sorrows, disappointments and searches for enlightenment, but Job's silence on the net was deafening.
And then someone pointed out to me that a fellow by the name of Moses did, in fact, write an extensive piece on the life of Job and that I could find it included in a book called, The Bible. Excited, I looked it up and started reading. What a blog! This guy Moses certainly laid it out precisely. Apparently, his pen was moved by an unseen hand so as to make no mistake about the real Author of this masterpiece, the very first written book of the Bible, designed to acquaint every living, human being with the realities of their existence.
I discovered that Job did nothing to incur the atrocities upon his life, but that he was merely a mound of activated clay in the Hands of the Potter that made him. Amazingly, regardless of the intensity of his suffering on that spinning wheel; the moisture being squeezed out of that body of clay; and his very substance of body, soul and spirit being moulded from the original shape to another, he exclaimed of the Potter, "Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: " (Job 13:15)
It also became clear that there was an intruder and usurper - by the name of Satan - ever active in this world, capable of wrecking and destroying, if permitted by the words of our mouth and at the discrepancy of the Potter.
And so the friends of Job conferred with him. He received advice from these other mounds of activated clay to take the course of cursing the Potter, to blame the Potter and to question the Potter, but he stuck to his guns, refusing to push against the Hands of the Potter. Instead, he declared, "Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him? who will say unto him, What doest thou" (Job 9:12)
Job perceived that he was entirely dependent upon the wisdom of a mighty Creator, that this Creator was not a "respecter of persons" (Acts 10:34) and "that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." (Rom 8:28)
Despite the agonising tragedy and suffering, Job seemed attentive to the quiet, reassuring words of the Potter, "Be still, and know that I am God:" (Ps 46:10)
Job was still. In obedience, he said, "I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee." (Job 42:2)
And then the Potter went to work.
"And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before. So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses. He had also seven sons and three daughters. And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren. After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons' sons, even four generations." (Job 42:10-16)
Surely, The Book of Job, must be the greatest "blog" ever written and deserves prime placement in the Wordpress spot of every activated mound of clay standing erect in this world.
Now retired, Jack Vorster has a background in marketing in the field of newspaper advertising. As a result of a life-changing experience he turned his attention to the study of the human make-up and the realities connected to human behaviour based on the Word of God.
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