What"s Left When Riches Run Out?

John DeJong

READ : Job 1:13-19 Twenty thousand head of various livestock, trusted and beloved servants, seven sons and three daughters all gone. The messages came like the deadly, rapid shots of a drive-by shooting. I have been there when a church member experienced a loss. I’ve gone with police officers to bring bad news to a community member I had never met. Reactions range from grief, buried so deep that it appears there is no grief, to suicide. Job tears his …

Nothing's Changed?

John DeJong

READ : Job 2:1-5 Job is still a truly good person. God brags about him, “He hasn’t changed even though you persuaded me to destroy him for no reason.” Satan’s opinion of Job, and of us, remains the same, that we are like worthless chaff. An admired friend and his wife have had Job-like experiences: the tragic death of several children, the elusiveness of financial success. When his wife underwent major surgery, he shared with me his fear of what …

Worthless in His Eyes

John DeJong

READ : Job 1:6-12 Scripture tells us many things about our greatest enemy. He is the great communicator, the father of lies, the tempter, and much more. What motivates Satan? What is Satan trying to prove more than anything? He wants to prove one thing more than anything else… that everyone of us is worthless. That is what he is trying to prove about Job. At some point, with enough affliction, suffering and accusations from former friends, Satan believes he …

Perception,Prevention and Prayer

John DeJong

READ : Job 1:1-5 Some parents say of teenagers, “You’ve just got to trust them.” Others, like myself, try to keep some control “forever” including successive generations! Naivete is dangerous in parenting. Job had once been a young man. He may have gone to a few parties. He knew what could happen. Fun, sometimes innocent, but at other times dangerous, can lead to disastrous results. Note that Job didn’t try to keep his children under his control. He didn’t say, …

Reputation, Righteousness, Regard

John DeJong

READ : Job 1:1-3, 8 Character. Today this word, preceded with adjectives like odd, strange, crazy, etc., is used in a derogatory way. An older, better meaning confers a high compliment. For example, “She has character!” My dad was a university graduate, unusual at the turn of the century. He never mentioned his own background, but I remember him saying often of others, “He/she is a well-read person.” From Dad, it was a high compliment regarding the person’s character. His …