Job is such a beautiful story of the faithfulness of a truly righteous man. Most folks know the story. In the beginning chapters, God tested Job’s faithfulness, while Satan did all he can to persuade Job to abandon his trust in God.
Job lost everything he held dear, including all his worldly possessions, his wife and his children. Then, his friends (the ones we look to for love and support) tried to convince Job that his sins were the cause of his suffering. They give him horrible advice.
God further humbled Job then brought him to an understanding of who God is. Then in Chapter 42 we read that God restored Job’s fortunes and family to double what they had been.
“Now the Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part. After this Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation.” Job 42:12,16.
But I’m different from Job. Maybe some of you are too. For instance, when trials come my way, when I’m overwhelmed with bills I can’t pay, when friends judge me or abandon me, when I experience physical setbacks, emotional trauma, doubts and frustration, my prayers focus on asking God to help me get me out of them. I ask God to help me avoid pain and suffering, rather than living through it all and praising God in my circumstances.
Job trusted God through every one of his trials, the least of which was more devastating than anything I’ve ever experienced.
Job always trusted God.
I don’t always.
Job’s faith in God never wavered.
My faith wavers more than I care to admit.