Job - Connectedness
In Strengths Finder “Woo” is the kind of person who enjoys meeting and winning over new others. Woo is the person who derives satisfaction breaking the ice and making a connection with another person.
People with the talent of Connectedness have faith in the links among all things. They believe there are few coincidences and that almost every event has meaning.
Job was a righteous man and was blessed by God. Job believed he was blessed because he was upright and God fearing. Even Satan believed God hedged Job about because he was a good man.
But what happens when bad times come to a blessed man? How would he react? What would he do? Would he blame God? That is the story of Job.
God allowed Satan to remove Job’s blessings to see if Job would curse God.
Job’s reaction was, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb. And naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
What happens when we are confused with events in our lives?
How will we react to reversals?
Job worshipped the Lord but then went into a deep depression because he could not understand what was going on.
Job thought if he could only present his case to God he could find out why he was facing tragedy. But God did not give him an audience. In fact God gave him silence and to make matters worse Job’s friends show up to give him their explanations and theology.
Job’s friends try to connect the dots for Job. He was being punished by God because of some sin he committed. They even thought of sins he probably committed. Imagine having to dream up sins to fit their theology? They believed a righteous God would never allow a good person to face such calamity. So they put the blame on Job.
The question of why the righteous suffer is never answered in the book of Job. But Job’s persistence in believing comes across loud and clear. He said, “Though God slay me yet will I trust Him.”
He said, “I know my Redeemer lives.”
He said, “I can’t see Him but I know He knows where I am and when I am tested I shall come forth as pure gold.”
We have to admire Job’s faith in the face of such adversity.
Job makes these affirmations of faith not after his victory but in the heat of his struggle and confusion.
Job finally had his chance to present his case to God but was not expecting the reply God gave. God does not answer Job’s question of “why” but shows him “Who” He is.
That revelation was enough to bring Job to his knees in humble repentance. In the end God connects the dots for Job. Job was restored and blessed 10 fold.
Jesus is the ultimate in connectedness.
On the cross He reached out to man with one hand and with the other hand grabbed the Father’s hand and brought them together. Our sins and God’s love connected by mercy and grace.