“Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him. . . .” Job 13:15 (King James Translation)
Job (pronounced “jobe”) was a man who was wise, wealthy and good. He lived a sinless life before God and was greatly blessed. He did “justly, loved mercy and walked humbly with his God.” God was so pleased with Job, that God boasted of his faithfulness to Satan, and allowed him to test him. Almost immediately, Job’s perfect life vanished. He lost everything — his wealth, his children and his health. Taunted daily by his wife and friends, he became discouraged and angry at those who suggested that his suffering was because he sinned and was God’s punishment. Throughout his trials, Job’s trust in God never diminished, as shown by his confession of faith above. Still, he didn’t understand why God allowed his suffering. Despising himself in moments of weakness he questions God and is reminded that the greatness of God can never be understood through the lens of human frailty, and that trust in God is not dependent upon circumstances. Job and his friends mistakenly justified his circumstances by condemning God and later incurred God’s wrath. They dismissed God as always faithful and good whether we understand what is happening in our lives or not.
What about our faith? What about our trust in God? How do we react to a devastating report from the doctor? What do we do with God when the bills are due and we have no money? Do we trust God when friends have turned their backs on us? Or when the years have sapped our youth and beauty? In other words, where is our trust in God when we are in the midst of life and living and everything falls completely apart – do we walk by faith or by sight? Do we trust or doubt God? Do we instantly reason and question? Reasoning, questioning and doubt are human frailties, and unfortunately, they are not faith or trust in God! Tests and trials remind us that apart from God we can do nothing and that we must rely on something greater than ourselves.
We are not required to understand God’s ways and timing – only to trust that whatever God is doing, it will ultimately work together for our good and for His Glory. We must say without a doubt, “I don’t understand what’s going on, but God I trust YOU.” It is that simple. Even more, I have discovered when the struggle is the hardest is when the need to trust is the strongest. That’s when it helps to remember the promises and faithfulness of God and that “God is not a man that He should lie.” (Numbers 23:19)
In the end, Job was greatly Blessed. He received double for his trouble and proudly proclaimed,“God knows the way that I take: when He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” (Job 23:10)
Prayer: Father, please give us the capacity to trust you fully in all things, never doubting and without reservation. For thy Son’s sake. Amen