Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. – Job 13:15
Meditation: Anyone who has read and believes the account of Job in the Bible will agree that he suffered. In fact there have been countless commentaries and articles and paintings concerning the suffering of Job. Suffering is how we identify him. However, while the book by that bears his name describes his suffering, the greater context of Job’s life was filled with joyful faith in God. Because of his faith, Job trusted God with his life no matter which way it went.
Do you trust God? If so, how far do you trust him? Do trust Him with your business or career? Do you trust Him with your family? Is He able to care for your children or aging parents? What about your church? Do you believe you can truly gather in His name with like believers and worship? Is He listening to your hymns and prayers? Can you rely on Him to provide your daily bread? Could you confidently encourage others to trust Him for their salvation today, tomorrow and for eternity?
A lot of questions, huh? These are just the beginning of what we should entrust to God’s care. As Christians, we make a conscious efort to follow a Man whom we have never seen or spoken with directly. We claim to be guided by the Spirit of God. Furthermore, we assert that Jesus of Nazareth is the very Son of God and His chosen vessel of reconciliation for our sins.
How can we make such claims? Faith. It is the unseen proof of our hope and the steel of our resolve. Without faith, we would be like Job’s wife who encouraged him to curse God and die following the calamities that befell him.
Call To Action: Instead of faltering under suffering in this life, I encourage you to look for your Redeemer. Job knew that the Messiah would stand upon the earth far after his body was destroyed, and yet the man trusted that he would see Him with his own eyes (Job 19:25-27). Like Peter, let us respond to doubters, skeptics, and haters of God, saying “Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.
And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. (John 6:68-69).