1. There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil.
2. And seven sons and three daughters were born to him.
3. Also, his possessions were seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen, five hundred female donkeys, and a very large household, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the East .......
6. Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them.
7. And the Lord said to Satan, "From where do you come?" So Satan answered the Lord and said, "From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it."
8. Then the Lord said to Satan, "Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?"
9. So Satan answered the Lord and said, "Does Job fear God for nothing?
10. "Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.
11. "But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!"
(New King James Bible)
The fact that Job was a man of faith and tried in everything he did to please God, is without question.
The second fact is that Job was also a very wealthy man. In his day wealth was not measured in money, but in livestock, employees and size of household.
This history tells us that he was the richest man of his day.
There are some who believe that a person of great wealth, cannot be someone who can put God first in their life. In other words, money will always be their god.
Job proves that this is not necessarily true. Because a person is very wealthy, it does not necessarily mean that money is his god.
There are others who believe that God doesn't approve of His people being wealthy!
This incident in the life of Job shows that this also is not true.
God knew that He could trust Job to be the wealthiest man of his day because Job's God was indeed Almighty God.
Satan, the Accuser, questioned whether Job served God because God had favoured Job with wealth.
God allowed Satan to test Job so that God could prove Satan wrong.
In other words, faith and wealth can go together in a person's life, without causing a tug-of-war inside that person.
It is possible for God to be first in the life of a person of great wealth.
Job was rich toward God.
Father in heaven, I ask that my heart and faith will be so firmly fixed in YOU, that You will be able to trust me with wealth, the way You were able to trust Your servant Job,
in Jesus' mighty name, Amen.