1 John 4:4 “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
Pressed out of measure.
There are certain times in our life that we are left on our own to find our way – or so it would seem. Satan came before God, and God served up Job as an example of a man living uprightly. The discourse between God and the devil reveals to us details of why we may face a trial.
Ultimately, God seeks to glorify Himself through us.
The trials we face are always for a purpose. It may be for correction. It may be for growth. It may be for others to see God in us and be instructed and encouraged.
But if we are not in tune with God, we may give in to the fiery darts hurled at us. Those darts cause confusion, doubt, worry, or shake our faith. We begin to question. We wonder whether or not God is who He says He is or is His love is as enduring as the Bible says? Can we trust His promises?
At times, the trials we face may seem more than we can bear. We feel as if we’re left to fend for ourselves. We may have thought, or even said out loud, “God, where are you?”
During these times, we must remind ourselves that our God has never left us, nor will He forsake us. The psalmist of Psalm 73 shares his heart with a similar difficulty.
Psalm 73:1-3 “A Psalm of Asaph. Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart. But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.”
He saw their prosperity. He saw that it seemed God blessed them and afflicted himself. He tried to reconcile the differences. Then, we find this:
Psalm 73:17 “Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.“
It was the eternal perspective that caused his mind to change.
When we are brought to a trial, we may be weak. We may need to be reminded of the things we already know about God but haven’t applied to the situation and circumstance of the day.
In such times, our emotions are high, and our spirits low. It may be that we’ve been busy about many things and have neglected the main stuff; our walk with God, prayer, church attendance, and fellowship.
In discerning these times, we must first ask if what is happening is a result of something we have done, or is it from God’s hand?
Job may not have had the answer directly, but he did allow his faith to see him through. When the hard times came, he showed his trust in his God by responding this way.
Job 1:21-22 “And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.”
As the trial continued, Job began to question. Because the trial was physical, he began to wear with the pain and suffering. What was once his rock of faith, now was a thin veil. He cried out and said:
Job 23:3 “Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!”
He began a search for God and looked everywhere.
Job 23:8-10 “Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him: But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”
To entertain the questions of God’s whereabouts is to lack the faith in His promises. It is human to question, but faith must rise when doubt presents itself. At times we may need the affirmation of others, but knowing God has got our back ought to bolster our confidence.
Faith will grow when we apply it correctly. Staking our belief in God’s promises allows us to stand tall with the confidence that we are on the right side.
Take heart, child of God. We are not alone. We may face a mountain of trouble and feel inadequate. The valley may seem dark, and little light is to be found at present. Faith must bridge the gap where we lack.
If we find ourselves weak, we must allow others to come alongside us to help.