THE WONDERING WIZARD OF UZ # 1
Most of us are at least somewhat familiar with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The Wizard is a fictional character who lived in the Land of Oz. The film about “The Wizard of Oz” is ranked by some among the top ten best movies of all time. Dorothy and her friends (a Dog, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion) travel the Yellow Brick Road to the Land of Oz. They were “off to see the Wizard, the Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” In this article, we are “off to see the Wizard, the Wondering Wizard of Uz.” Job was a “Wizard” and he lived “in the land of Uz.” A “Wizard” is a very smart, very clever, or very skillful person. The first chapter of his book shows that Job was a “Wizard” (clever, smart, and skillful). He was a “Wondering” Wizard because he “wondered” about his fate. (Why were all of these bad things happening to him?). He “wondered” about his future (How long was he going to suffer?). He “wondered” about his Father (Why was God punishing him? What had he done?). Satan had taken Job’s fortune and his family, tortured Job’s flesh, and turned Job’s friends. And even though he lost his family, his fortune, and most of his friends, he never lost his faith. This is why we need to visit this “Wondering Wizard of Uz”. He is an example for us all (See James 5:11). But what do we learn from him? In this article, and maybe one or two others, we will just mention a few lessons we can learn from this “example of suffering and patience” (James 5:10).
LESSON ONE: God wants man to love and serve Him because of who He is and not simply because of what He gives. And this “Wondering Wizard of Uz” shows that some men will do just that. Satan accused Job of serving God for salary (Ch. 1:9-11). But Job proves that some will serve God for nothing. Some will love and trust Him simply because He is God. Some will serve God even if they are not blessed physically, socially, or materially. God’s people are to love Him and trust Him, come what may (Job 13:16). The book of Job also teaches us that man can, and sometimes does, lose things that are near and dear to him. It teaches us how important it is to: “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:2). It illustrates how man will always be tested as long as he is on this earth and how important it is to maintain our faith in God no matter what happens to us or around us. Job shows us that faith that can be trusted can also be tested.