4 Lessons from the life of Job

Lessons from the life of Job by Akinjobi Oluwagbemisola

Job is one Bible character many people often get confused about, so before we properly proceed to the lessons to learn from him, it is necessary to identify major things which will help our study of Job.

  • God does not plan bad things to happen to you. He is not a destroyer and will never intentionally bring evil to happen to you. God is love.
  • God does not collaborate with the devil. What we saw in chapters one and two of the book of Job was railing accusations by the devil and not some sort of business deals between God and the devil.

  That taken, now, we can learn some lessons from the life of Job.

1. Abundant Wealth is Scriptural

Job gave an accurate description of a believer who loved God and was still very wealthy. The Bible in Job 1:1-3 says,"There once was a man named Job who lived in the land of Uz. He was blameless—a man of complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil. He had seven sons and three daughters. He owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, and 500 female donkeys. He also had many servants. He was, in fact, the richest person in that entire area.". In case you have any doubts about prosperity for believers, this is enough proof that we must contend for kingdom wealth as it is God's perfect will for us. You can check out our interesting article on five reasons why you need kingdom prosperity as a believer to learn more.

2. Be aware of God 

Job was ignorant of God's divine protection over him. He lived a life of constant fear. In Job 1:5 and verse 10 respectively, we see that Job, after every celebration he threw would purify his children. He would get up early in the morning and offer a burnt offering for each of them, saying to himself, “Perhaps my children have sinned and have cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular practice because he felt insecure and unaware of God's ever presence. The devil's accusation in Job 1:10 confirms this as he says that God has always put a wall of protection around Job, his home and his property thus making him prosper in everything he does (Job 3:25)

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In the same way, many believers today still do not know how to take advantage of the benefits in Christ and so, they live in constant fear and condemnation. Every being in the spirit realm is seeing God's love for you but you are still thinking God has condemned you. You have to rise and take your inheritance already. Don't be another Job!

3. Seek a Revelation of the personality of God

Job believed in Job 16:9 that God hates him and has done so much evil to him, tearing him apart. Again, in Job 16:11 and verse 21, he talks about how he believes that God has handed him over to sinners and has tossed him into the hands of the wicked. He goes further in Job 16:21 seeking for someone who would mediate between God and himself, just as a person mediates between friends.

As new covenant believers, we are not to think like Job concerning this as the Bible talks so much about God's love for us that he gave His only son for us. We have a mediator already in Christ.Hebrews 9:15 says,"That is why he is the one who mediates a new covenant between God and people, so that all who are called can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them. For Christ died to set them free from the penalty of the sins they had committed under that first covenant." You need no one in-between anymore because you have Christ. So, we have a perfect revelation of the nature of God.

4. Always be ready to be taught and corrected

The Bible records in Job 42:5-6, how Job took back everything he had said against God. According to him, he "sits in dust and ashes to show repentance.” This is one evergreen lesson for believers today. We must be open to corrections from God always either through men of God or prophesies or the Bible. Do not be too big to accept corrections especially if your perception of spiritual things are tweaked. Be open to corrections and change for better.

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