A Father’s Love – Job 1-3

1:12 There was a man3 in the land of Uz4 whose5 name was Job.6 And that man was pure7 and upright,8 one who feared God and turned away from evil.9 1:2 Seven10 sons and three daughters were born to him.11 1:3 His possessions12 included13 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 female donkeys; in addition he had a very great household.14 Thus he15 was the greatest of all the people in the east.16

1:4 Now his sons used to go17 and hold18 a feast in the house of each one in turn,19 and they would send and invite20 their three21 sisters to eat and to drink with them. 1:5 When22 the days of their feasting were finished,23 Job would send24 for them and sanctify25 them; he would get up early26 in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to27 the number of them all. For Job thought, “Perhaps28 my children29 have sinned and cursed30 God in their hearts.” This was Job’s customary practice.31 Job 1:1-5

Job was a man who followed hard after God.  He was also a man who cared deeply for the relationship his children has with God.  He loved them so much that he made sure all of the appropriate sacrifices were done for his children just in chase the sinned and cursed God in their hearts.  I think about this and wonder what we should be doing for our own children.

Today, we don’t have to offer special sacrifices to eliminate our guilt before God.  Jesus’ death on a cross did all of that for us.  Yet, it is our job to raise our children up in the way they should go (Proverbs 22:6).  This makes me think back to when my father told me about all of the times he would be interceding for each of us children before God in the Moline Gospel Temple prayer room.  That amazes me and humbles me to think that he was doing that for each of us.  Not only do we need to teach or children correctly, but we need to be prayer warriors on their behalf.

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for the example of Job.  Thank you for having these words put to paper.  There is so much that we can learn from this great man of God.  Help me to take the words to heart so that I may become the man, father and husband that you intend me to be.  I love you Lord.  Amen.

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