Job 13:15 “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.”
The life of a saved child of God is not hard, though many will agree.
We may cite examples of difficult situations, circumstances, and decisions. Yet, we see what the Word of God says is hard.
Proverbs 13:15 “Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.”
How does one change their perspective when there are so many evidence we can gather to support our claim?
Personally, every born again child of God will go through persecutions, trials, and tribulations. The Savior Himself has told us:
John 15:18-19 “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.”
We see and hear things that will try to divide, distract, or destroy the close, personal, intimate relationship we have with the Father. Job knew that type of relationship. So, when the testing came, and his life turned upside down, he reverted to what he knew about God and held fast.
Few could say they are tested like Job. Fewer still would say they have lost even more. But to personalize what God spoke to me about today, may we answer this question?
Could we hold fast our integrity if the trial we’d face caused us to lose all?
If our family, love and relationships, possessions, health, status, and even our testimony would suffer a catastrophic blow, would we survive? Not only survive but glorify God through everything? That is what makes Job one of the most interesting characters of the Bible.
Job’s survival was not in his ability to figure out what was happening to him. It wasn’t a unique trait that only he possessed. It was simple faith in what he already knew about God that sustained him when God seemed distant and silent.
Most will agree that biblically, we are in the latter days. Satan, knowing he has a short time, is launching an all-out attack on humanity and, most specifically, God’s children.
There is a finite number in Lucifer’s army. He will never possess more than God, nor will he ever amass power enough to overthrow God. God gave us a peek when we read of Elisha.
2 Kings 6:16-17 “And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.”
We must acquire the knowledge to overcome what we do not. We must take heed to God’s warning.
Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”
Simply put, what you don’t know can kill you.
Job knew God to be Sovereign. In that sovereignty, Job knew that God could give or take all that he possessed. Whether houses, land, possessions, or even his family, Job knew what he had, was from the hand of God.
Job 1:20-22 “Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, 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.”
He knew that God loved him. He knew that he was blessed for who he was to God, not what he did for God.
As a saved child of God, we will find ourselves either entering or leaving a trial, or in the very midst of one. We may lose some things or everything—loved ones are taken from us. Possessions seem to sprout wings and fly.
What we set our hearts upon, we will follow. It may be fame or fortune. It may be prestige and honor. It may be love, acceptance, and security.
Unless God is seen as all-sufficient, we will begin to trust what our hand can provide and not His. We learn:
1 Corinthians 3:9 “For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.”
Ours is a symbiotic relationship. God has chosen to yoke Himself with us to do the work He commands us to accomplish.
It is mutually beneficial for both us and God.
God receives glory, majesty, worship, and honor.
We receive power, protection, provision, His plan, and program tailor-made for each life.
God gives gifts and talents with which to accomplish the work assigned to finish.
1 Corinthians 12:4-6 “Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.”
Job’s ‘secret’ was to be obedient, close, and seek to be in favor with God as he possibly could. He not only asked it for himself but his family as well. He was selfless. He was generous, wise, and possessed the qualities of a leader.
But when he came upon situations and circumstances, he did not understand or comprehend. He trusted God would lead him through, though he could not hear Him or understand why.
The ‘secret’ is simple faith believing that God has your back, front, and everything in the middle. Knowing that He will take care of His own is quite a comfort.
Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.”