One of the lessons that we can learn from Job, is his acknowledgment that all the GOOD THINGS that he had possessed was from God. He acknowledged that God was the source of all his material possessions.
Job proved to be a good steward of God’s money. Job used this money to rescue the needy, he cared for the handicapped and the dying, and he brought orphans into his home. He did all of this without tax exemptions or government assistance. He did it out of his love for people with the money that God had blessed him. A lot of good can be done with money and resources to bless and help the poor. In fact, God loves the poor and needy as He preached the Gospel to the poor first! Jesus ministered to the poor and shared the Gospel with them.
The wonderful thing about Job was that he did not cling to his wealth but rather allowed the wealth that God had given him flow through him to bless others. Job was a distributor of his wealth rather than a hoarder of the wealth given to him by God. Therefore, Job had a great testimony in that God saw him as a man of integrity despite his magnificent wealth! Job shunned evil and did good.
Likewise, ICS has done a lot of good work with the money that God has entrusted us with. Money is not evil but value-neutral. We need money to fund the Gospel and good works. It is the love of money and the worship of money that is evil! It is the love of money that has pierced many people with sorrow.
God is happy when we have more than enough as a child of the living God. God has never intended for us to live in lack and poverty. This was revealed in His creation of the garden of Eden where there was absolutely no lack. God is a God who gives and He gave us His best in Jesus Christ because He loves us.
Psalm 35:27 (NKJV) Let them shout for joy and be glad, Who favor my righteous cause;
And let them say continually, “Let the Lord be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”
Sermon Series: Job and I (Part 3)
约伯记1:3，9-10他的家产有七千羊，三千骆驼，五百对牛，五百母驴，并有许多仆婢。这人在东方人中就为至大。。。撒但回答耶和华说：「 约伯 敬畏 神，岂是无故呢？ 你岂不是四面圈上篱笆围护他和他的家，并他一切所有的吗？他手所做的都蒙你赐福；他的家产也在地上增多。