Today’s Scripture: 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. Job¬†1:1

As we are looking forward to my father’s retirement celebration this coming Sunday, I am reminded of Job. When we think about Job, we usually think of his trust in God through the incredible trials he faced. Although I can attest to my father’s strong faith, I’m reminded of something equally important – Job’s character.

In Job 1:1, we read that Job was a man who was “perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.” This was not his opinion of himself or just the reputation he had among those around him, but a fact God stated several times. God asked Satan if he had considered Job.God recognized his character, and it is recorded for us in Scripture that there was none like him on the earth.

When I think of my dad, I think of someone who fears God and hates evil. Those who know my dad know that His greatest desire is to receive a “WD Degree” from his Heavenly Father. He wants to hear our Lord say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” In his service to the Lord and in leading our church, he has never compromised on the truth. When others have given in, he has stood firm on God’s Word even when it was unpopular. He has taught us it is not only our privilege but also our responsibility to serve the Lord.

My dad has lived his life focused on one thing – the clear gospel. It is clear to see his passion for souls and his desire to reach the lost. He has been an example of what God can do with someone wholly dedicated to Him.

Our character is such an important aspect of our Christian walk. Let’s follow Job’s and my father’s examples and be men and women of godly¬†character.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.