Fortitude In The Character Of Job

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I believe that the book of Job has many great examples of fortitude. Job was a good man, who was very faithful to God. Satan was given permission by God to test Job’s faith, so long as he did not take Job’s life. Satan believed that Job was only faithful to God because He had blessed Job in so many ways. Satan also believed that if Job lost everything that he had, that he would turn away from God. However, even after losing his property and children, and being struck with boils, Job never did turn from God. His wife even told him that he should “curse God and die” (Job 2:9), but he refused, even telling his wife, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” (Job 2:10) In Job chapter 3, he does speak of his grief caused by everything that he had gone through. He began to curse the day of his birth, and question why he was made to live through it. Mattison describes fortitude as “the virtue that enables one to face obstacles or difficulties well.” (pg 181) He continues on to describe two parts of fortitude; attack and endurance. The attack is what you do immediately in response to the problem. Endurance is how you handle the problem in the long term. At the beginning of Job, when Job was being tested by Satan, I think that the attack, or response, to the trials was for Job to continue to pray and worship God. I believe that his endurance would be his faith in God. He knew that God would provide in His time if Job remained faithful. As Mattison describes, fortitude is not about praising suffering. Fortitude is about someone being willing to face suffering to stand for what they believe in. It is about how someone acts or handles what happens to them because of what they believe in. I think that Job did show fortitude in being willing to face hardships related to his faith in God. As mentioned before, in Job 2:10, Job told his wife that after all that God has provided for them, they must also be willing to keep their faith through the difficult times. Job could have become angry and cursed God. After everything he had lost, it seems like he would have had good reasons to be angry. However, what would it have changed? It would not have

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