Job has always been a story of inspiration for the perseverance of trials, and trusting in God to take care of us no matter what. It reveals a man's heart so devoted to God, that everything he has to go through, although a test, was not revealed to Job, as he was going through the trials. He persisted however, and showed faithful to God so here is how God rewarded Job for his endurance and patience: "So the Lord blessed the last part of Job's life more than the first. He owned 14,000 sheep, 6000 camels, 1000 yoke of oxen, and 1000 female donkeys. He also had seven sons and three daughters. He named his first daughter Jemimah, his second Keziah, and his third Keren-happuch. No women as beautiful as Job's daughters could be found in all the land, and their father granted them an inheritance with their brothers. Job lived 140 years after this and saw his children and their children to the fourth generation." Job 42:12-16 Job was not faithful because he knew what he was going to be given in the end. He was faithful because of his respect, and love for God. He had a relationship with God, and even though God could have given him victory earlier, his choosing to let Job suffer a little longer, made Job stronger, and his faithfulness was rewarded. Often times, even in these days, we want to be rewarded for those things we seem to have to go out of our way for. Rewards in the form of recognition, financial incentives, positions of influence. Yet, our faith in Christ, should be without reward, for the reward will become our incentive to be obedient. How about being faithful during every time in our lives just because we trust in our Lord so much, and believe that He knows exactly what He is doing, even if we don't see it at the time. The reward comes as a result of faithfulness, but reward or not, our belief is based on a relationship with our Lord and Savior, and our service to Him should never be looked at as, 'quid pro quo'.
Lord, I love You and thank You for the grace You have poured out over Your children. Protect us today, I pray. Strengthen us for the battle that lay before us. Help instill in us a faith so strong that we will fight in the battle, knowing that it is Yours, and You are in control, victory or not. For ultimately we know that in You, we are victorious. Help us to see through the haze that covers this earth, and keeps us from seeing the way You constantly fight for us and with us daily. Give us eyes to see this and a heart to understand that it is our love that keeps us going. Our love for You, Jesus, and I pray in Your blessed holy name for the walk you will lead all of us through today.