Posted by Peter Thompson

Job 1:1
A God Approved Person
INTRODUCTION: This entire book is about a man who refused to curse God with his mouth. He stayed true to God through terrible things. Because of his steadfast belief and devotion to God, God points Him out to the devil as someone who would not be turned. This man was approved by God. Here in this first verse we see what kind of person God approves of. You should strive for the approval of God above all else. Just how can you be the same kind of person as job so that God will approve of you?
I. STRIVE TO BE UNDIVIDED (V. 1)
-Not sometimes this and sometimes that but wholly and completely devoted to God-related to integrity
II. STRIVE TO LIVE ACCORDING TO GOD’S STANDARDS (V. 1)
-Straight, level, not crooked
III. STRIVE TO FEAR GOD (V. 1)
-Like a son fears his father and does right
IV. STRIVE TO ABANDON SIN (V. 1)
-Linear movement of an object-only goes one direction, away and leave it there, depart from it
CONCLUSION: This is the kind of person that God wants all His people to be. God told Satan, look at my man Job. Would God be able to point to you like that? Are you undivided, living according to God’s standard, fearing God and abandoning sin? If you are like me, there is work to do. Strive to be all four of these things so that you can be a God approved person.