“No Matter What, Who, When, Why, Where, How…”
Are you are a missionary someplace in this world? You need to read and reread the book of Job because you need to know the God you serve and His and your adversary. This is not just a ‘well I will,‘ but it is a book that you “must read” until you understand each and every character’s profile, but mostly your own and Gods’!
Beloved, when you are faced with situations that seem ‘out of character,’ you will be like Job asking the proverbial question: WHY? As you wander the book of Job you will unearth this question more than once. In addition, you may be confronted with those like Job’s friends who have been saying he has sin in his life. Yet, Job has been saying to his friends this one truth: God cannot, nor will He ever lie. That is why he can trust God. Although, he has been through the fire and continues to feel the heat, one thing he knows is this: God Knows All. Job 31: 4
“Does he not see my ways and count all my steps?”
God knows all and therefore no matter how bad life has become and how despondent he is over this strange set of circumstances, he will not walk away from his belief that God is God, and He alone knows the reason. Beloved, this is true EVEN IF LIKE JOB WE NEVER DO KNOW THE REASON!
If we fail here, Satan wins.
God has, as one author noted, “locked himself in” to consistently adhere to the laws He has established, and that is why we can trust Him. He cannot lie, change, break a promise or allow his power to be stopped. His word cannot be broken, annulled, and he cannot sin. All of these are true about God and that is what Job is clinging to even as he wonders what all of this is about.
James reminds us that, when we are in a trial, to ask for wisdom, and that is what Job is doing. This is where the rubber meets the road, and we must decide: Will I trust God or not. Ask yourself: Has God been faithful in the past? You can trust that he will be faithful now and in the future. If you and I can say yea and amen to this, we can know for certain that, at some point in time, God will end our suffering, pain or dilemma. And if perhaps we need to know, He will also reveal its purpose. But whether He does or not, we must trust God! Even in Job’s questioning and wondering, he still trusted God. You can as well.