Job 3: After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth. He said: “May the day of my birth perish, and the night that said, ‘A boy is conceived!’ That day—may it turn to darkness; may God above not care about it; may no light shine on it.

However, Job, as Joseph, stayed loyal to God's will and sovereignty. It looks like everybody else wanted him to quit and die. “Hey, loser, quit and die, and free us of the burden of watching your pain, because, number one, we don’t want to be reminded that it can happen to any of us, at any time and number two, because we really don’t want to hang out and care for a loser.

” After all, how many people like to take selfies with a loser? "Here, for Instagram, let me take a pic of me kissing your painful sores" "Hey Facebook, today is taking care of Job the loser day, use the hashtag #ilose or tag your friends and wish Job a quick and easy death so we can all be free of this, and all losers." Pictures like these will never go viral.

But God’s response to Job's loyalty went so viral that it ended up in the bible as a live example of how God rewards faithfulness and true faith. Job didn’t name it and claim it. He didn’t rebuke his illness in the name of... God... He just looked up with patience to our Sovereign God and waited for his deliverance, and furthermore, blindly trusted in God, even if his deliverance was death in public humiliation (just like someone else who died in public humiliation, do you remember His name? want a hint? Starts with J.)

We read on Job 42:10-12 “…. the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before. (And then, selfie time!) All his brothers and sisters and everyone who had known him before came and ate with him in his house. They comforted and consoled him over all the trouble the Lord had brought on him, and each one gave him a piece of silver and a gold ring. (Bling!!! I knew it!!)

The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part.” Well, I hope God forgave Job’s wife and she enjoyed the latter blessings with him. It looks like this bible story centers too much on material wealth and some even use it as a doctrinal basis for all their “get rich quick oh ye christian” nonsense… read carefully, the main subject of the book is about how you must keep your own identity as a child of God, and do not let any external storm to change your faith and loyalty to God. We may suffer in this world but Jesus will always be with us, even if we look like losers to the world. Can I get an amen?

Moses.

According to the modern school of ministry, Moses was an insecure loser. According to our political system, Moses was an exiled total loser. According to himself, at one point of his life, Moses was an undeserving, unwilling to cooperate, coward loser. Sorry if I’m too hard on poor “Moshe”, but he gave God all the excuses in the Egyptian books to not obey and to not do what God was asking him to do. Read this and ask yourself if this sounds like you.

God, I can’t do what you want me to do because, I have a terrible, horrible, past, I’ve sinned, I killed, I lied, I ran away, I betrayed my family’s confidence, I relinquished my spiritual talents, I’m full of hate, and I suffer of stage fright!! And those were just a few of Moses excuses…

Please read the whole Exodus book. You will see how Moses had his own identity problems, needed some anger management classes, started his political career with the wrong foot (by killing his adversary) then ran away to hide from everyone including God. There was certainly a specific calling in Moses. He felt it, he knew it, however Egyptian Sunday schools didn’t really teach about a sovereign God who has his own time and place for everything, including our calling and dreams and for when all of them will happen and come true.

Young Moses knew there was a living God, kind of. He was in disagreement with the establishment and wanted a better life for his people, but his trust was in his human skills, which were brutally shattered after he failed to promote himself as a potential leader of a new political party. Don’t get me wrong here. This was all about power and politics at this stage of young Moses life.

The day came to face God almighty, but even after all the pain and struggle he went through for 80 years, I can feel from his responses to God that he was not yet very convinced about this “divine calling thing.”

I can see he was an intellectual, science first, kind of believer.

God had to give him true supernatural signs to impress pharaoh and not just tricks out of the Egyptian books of magic that could also be replicated by Egypt’s sorcerers. He also went on to question the how and why of God in almost every step to the Promised Land. Does it look or sound like you and me…? Well, maybe Moses and I are the only ones who question God’s plans every day.

It was in the exile, lonely and we can say poor, humiliated, working in the worst job ever for someone who used to wear those fancy pharaoh’s hats and used to walk as an Egyptian (sing it!) ate the best kabobs and used to wash his hair with royal cow urine. (They did, it turned their hair orangeeish).