By Yang Laidi I’m Yang Laidi, sixty-two years old this year. In 1985, because my husband had health problems, our […]
The text describes it this way: “And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all.” From such behavior of Job, we see that his fear of God came from his inner heart and was not an outward action. And his fear of God could be found anytime and anywhere in his daily life, because he not only shunned evil himself, but often offered burnt offerings for his sons. This shows that Job was not only deeply afraid that he himself might sin against God and curse God in his heart, but also afraid that his sons might have sinned against God and cursed God in their hearts. It can be seen from this that the realness of Job’s fear of God can stand investigation and is beyond anyone’s doubt. Did he do so occasionally or continually? The last word of the text says: “Thus did Job continually.” The meaning of this account is: Job did not go to see occasionally or temporarily when he was happy, nor did he confess to God by praying, but he often asked them to be sanctified and offered burnt offerings for them. The “continually” here does not mean in a short time or in a moment, but means that Job’s act of fearing God was not temporary, and it did not just remain on knowledge and was not just on his lips. Instead, the way of fearing God and shunning evil guided his heart, directed his actions, and was the foundation of his existence in his heart.
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