1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.
1:2 And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.
1:3 His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.
1:4 And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to dri nk with them.
1:5 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: for Job said, It may be that my sons ha ve sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.
1:6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. (Job 1:1-6 KJV)
I have often referenced Job (‘Be like Job’). The reason is Job was an interesting man, was very righteous and had no faults. Therefore, God chose him, when He made a bet with the devil (Satan/evil), that he could not be broken and would remain upright and remain with Him. God wanted to show that this man would remain faithful no matter what was done to him.
Job had patience, plenty of patience. No matter what was said or done to Job, he stood by God and endured it all. Job lost everything, except his life. He, many times, asked to die or be relieved of the misery that had fallen on him. But he also said he would endure everything until he died. God, proving a point, did not let him die because He wanted to show that a true believer would continue to endure anything for Him because right is better than evil.
Today, people do not have any patience and can not endure the briefest of unpleasantness that would happen upon their unworthy life. Let the tiniest of anything out of the normal routine or the smallest halt in time and people are griping or wanting to (some carry out a threat) threaten lives. They do not have the patience of Job and much, much more was done to him.
People do not want to wear a face mask because of this or that. People do not distance themselves because it is inconvenient or made slow them in their travel to do whatever. And, on and on. No one is like Job nor will they ever be. Does this mean they are not God fearing? Can they turn the other cheek? Can they follow simple rules? Can they pray alone, or do they have to have someone to show them how and lead the way? Do they think only of themselves or do they think of others? Job did it all and he was alone. Jesus prayed alone many times.
Satan is among us and we are listening to him. Satan is having us to do things for his own selfish reasons. We do not have the patience of Job and is willing to endure discomfort to receive our bounty at the end. Job received his three-fold and so we could have. Instead we listen to Satan and will receive his reward. I do not think we will like what is awaiting us.