Examine Yourself!

Job was the greatest man from both a heavenly and earthly perspective. He had everything any human could want.
There were born to him seven sons and three daughters. He possessed 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 female donkeys, and very many servants, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the east. (Job 1:2-3)
And, he had God's approval.
Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil? (Job 1:7-8)
Job was wisdom personified. "Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding (Job 28:28)." This is the very description that God used for Job. His action were faultless. He took care of the poor (Job 31:16), the widows (31:16), and the fatherless (31:17). Job was not lustful (31:5), deceitful, greedy (31:24), adulterous (31:27), vindictive (31:29), or hypocritical (31:32). Jobs religion was pure and undefiled.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. (James 1:27)
However, even though Job was the greatest human, Satan challenged Job's motivation.
Does Job fear God for no reason? (Job 1:9)
Of all the people to challenge for ulterior motives, it would not be Job! If there was a possibility for Job than each and everyone of us should examine ourselves to see if we fear God for no reason.
Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? -- unless indeed you fail to meet the test! (2 Cor. 13:5-6)
Job may not have been fearing God out of wrong motives, but he didn't understand God properly. In the end he admits.
I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes. (Job 42:5-6) 
Job's troubles brought him closer to God even though he feared him like no one else. May our trials bring us closer to God.


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