When you choose to trust God
But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and he will stand upon the earth at last. And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God! I will see him for myself. Yes, I will see him with my own eyes. I am overwhelmed at the thought! Job 19:25-27
The Book of Job has been proven to be one of the books in the Bible that provides encouragement to those who need to grow in their trust in God in the midst of trials. Job was an example of what faith should look like to those who claim that they are followers of God. Job learned how to continue to be dependent on God even if he finds it hard to understand at times what God was doing. When everything in his life were taken away; his family except his wife, his livestock and wealth, his friends started to accused him that it was because of his sinfulness that he was experiencing all these bad things. Yet the Bible described him as upright, feared God, and spurned evil. Job was godly. When everything has fallen apart in his life, his wife even nagged him into leaving his faith and curse God (Job 2:9). Job remained steadfast and strong in his faith. He did not let him be persuaded by the accusations and suggestions of his friends and his wife. With blessings or without he will still bless and trust God. “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return there. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21). Faith for Job meant that he will focus on God and not on his circumstances. Job believed that God will restore everything in the end. He has no clue where God is leading the events in his life. He knew that everything could be taken away from him and his circumstances could change quickly. This is why he did not place his trust in his wealth. “Have I put my trust in money or felt secure because of my gold? Have I gloated about my wealth and all that I own?” (Job 31:24-25). He knew that if he placed his trust on material things, it would mean he “had denied the God of heaven” (Job 31:28). He knew that the testing of his faith will strengthen him as he continues to endure and wait on the Lord. All he knew was that trials are God’s ways of purging him from life’s impurities. “But he knows where I am going. And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold” (Job 23:10). Learn from Job and trust God’s providence. If you trust God’s character, you can trust His plans.