“Job was blameless-a man of integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil.”
(Job 1:1 NLT)
Job was an incredibly blessed man. He had good fortune, good health, and a large family to share his inheritance with. By the world’s standards, he had it all. When the Lord allowed satan to take all these “things” from Job, he still refused to blame God. In one day, Job lost all his animals, crops, farmhands & servants; so basically, his livelihood. Before this harsh reality could even set in, the news came that all of his children had been struck down. Yet in his grief, Job responds, “The Lord gave me what I had and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord!” (VS 21) He knew that all he had did not belong to him but to the Lord. Even when he was stricken with extreme illness and his own wife told him to forget about integrity, curse God and die, Job remained faithful.
“Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?”
(Job 2:10 NLT)
From the outside looking in, Job had every reason to forget God. He went from being “top dog” to barely existing. BUT…
How hypocritical would we be if we praised God when things were good but doubted His existence in times of trouble? God is the same all the time; are we not the ones who are fickle?
He is always good, we are prone to sin.
He is full of justice and mercy, while we sometimes seek revenge.
His love for us is the same on the mountain top as it is in the valley and we hinge our love on our circumstances. We allow our feelings to dictate our relationship with God, but this is not faith.
“Faith is being sure of what we hope for and it gives us an assurance about things we cannot see.”
So whether we find ourselves in a season free from struggle or if we are in the midst of a battle, we should remember that our perspective is limited at best. God is and always will be in control. So do not allow your faith to falter like a wave that is tossed to and fro every time life throws you for a loop. Instead be “like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.” (Psalm 1:3 NLT)