” Then the Lord said to Satan, ” Have you considered my servant Job? No one else on earth is like him, a man of perfect integrity, who fears God and turns away from evil.” – Job 1:8 CSB
Have you ever been a situation that is so bad that you did not know how God would see you through it? Perhaps you are going through something right now and wonder “Why O Lord”, “What have I done to deserve this?”
It is a natural human response to ask ourselves these questions although we should not dwell on them. Many times, we are far from perfect and have therefore made mistakes. However, we cannot always understand what has led to our situations because it’s not always about what we’ve done. At times, we are sure that we have done nothing to merit the harsh treatment we are being subjected to. This is exactly where we find Job. This man of God was in the exact same shoes as you, or actually maybe worst depending on your current situation.
In chapter 1, Job goes through the worst experience of his life. In the space of what seems like an hour, Job lost his oxen and donkeys, taken away by the Sabeans. Then, he lost his sheep and servants in a fire followed by the camels. Finally, Job lost his most precious “possession”… his children… all his sons… all his daughters. Can you even imagine what that felt like? The pain must have been absolutely gut wrenching! He did not lose one child, which is already a terrible situation but he lost ALL his children. Job could not even speak for a while. He simply tore his robe, and shaved his head as a sign of deep mourning. Then he said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will leave this life” (21).
Naked! That’s what it feels like when you’ve lost what matters to you most. Naked.
Have you lost a loved one dear to you? Naked. Were you waiting on a prayer to be answered but you are left disappointed by the turn of events? Naked. Have you unexpectedly lost your job? Naked. The doctor has presented you with a poor diagnosis? Naked. Your marriage has fallen apart? Naked. You’ve lost custody of your children? Naked.
In the midst of it all, we wonder, “Where is God?” The truth is, we cannot always understand His ways or His plans. The Bible tells us that the Lord’s thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways. We lack the wisdom and understanding to know what God is actually doing. Our vision is far too small compared to a God whose vision knows no bounds. Yet, we can trust His plans because He is trustworthy. We can trust his heart.
Job’s three famous friends were convinced Job must have done something to merit all the evil that had fallen on him. In reality, neither them nor Job were aware of the conversation that had taken place between God and Satan as our key verse indicates (Job1:8). Job had indeed done nothing to “deserve” what had happened. Instead, God allowed the enemy to test him because He was certain of Job’s complete integrity. The King James translation uses the words perfect and upright to describe Job.
Truly, Job faced the hardest challenge in his life, not because he had sinned in some extravagant way, but because he was a true man of God. He was a man God could count on. And in the midst of all this tragedy, God had a perfect plan for Job knowing he would be able to withstand the storm because he knew God: ” But I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the end he will stand on the dust.” (Job 19:25)
Despite the numerous times that Job questioned God’s plans between chapters 3 and 41, Job knew His God was faithful, full of compassion, forgiving and good. He trusted the knowledge, power, supremacy, and promises of God. As a result, “the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning” (Job 42:12 KJV). Not only did Job receive twice as much as he had before the evil that had fallen on him but he was also blessed with seven sons and three daughters with a heart for God and with unsurpassed beauty.
So friend, whatever situation, challenge, or tragedy you are facing today, you can trust that God is in control. You can trust His heart because He is good and His plans for you are good. He will never allow you to be tempted beyond what you can bear (1 Corinthians 10:13). If you’ve been praying about a situation with no signs of change, trust that God has seen, has heard and knows all about your situation.
To my singles at Single Saved & Secure, trust God in your singleness. If you’ve been praying for a spouse, trust that God has already planned everything out. Just trustHis plans and trust His timing. If you walk faithfully with Him, He will surely bless your latter days twice as much as your beginning as He did for Job. Just keep walking with Him, keep seeking, asking, knocking and waiting. Your promises are on the way.
I confess that I don’t always understand your plans. Right now, I am faced with a situation that feels unbearable and it seems as if all my prayers have remained unanswered. Lord, help me to endure in this time of trial. Show me how to walk faithfully with you and trust your heart as well as your plans. As I go through my Job experience, remind me that you are my Redeemer. You reign supreme and will get the glory out of my life. Teach me to trust you and to wait patiently on you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.