In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. He had seven sons and three daughters, and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East. His sons used to hold feasts in their homes on their birthdays, and they would invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would make arrangements for them to be purified. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, “Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular custom.
When people looked at Job and talked about who he was, I’m sure they looked at the number of sheep and camels and oxen and donkeys that he had. I’m sure they were impressed by his home and the number of children and servants he had. But another thing that must have shown was Job’s faith in God. The reason I say this is because Job’s religion was his “regular custom.”
Job had been like this for a long time.
Maybe you have firmly established customs in your life which draw you and keep you close to God. Maybe you need to develop some. Either way, think about what others have seen of you, what they have observed from your behaviors, your customs, and ask yourself what do they see?
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