When we face adversity and hardship what questions do we ask ourselves? I for one often ask “why”, “how come” and begin to complain.
Does that sound familiar?
In the early part of Job’s experience, we get a vantage view of the origin of his trials while Job is completely blindsided and unaware of the impending calamity.
Similar to Job, we too tend to be unaware when and why unexpected situations occur; All of a sudden things begin to unfold and usher in the events and in response we move to ask “why”.
At this point we know “the what” as we are deep in the experience, so we become overwhelmed and move to question and find “the who” to blame.
This was what Satan expected Job to do. To follow that sequence of reacting to the experience and then seeking the cause to issue the blame. See Job 2:9.
In this verse, we see Job’s wife urging him to react in ignorance from the hardship of his situation. Become judge and jury and issue the direct cause/blame for his condition on God.
“Curse him and die” which essentially means throw in the towel, give up, it’s not worth it.
Do not be deceived, Satan knows us humans so well. After all, he did say to God that he spends his time up and down to and fro on the earth. And in all that time he continues to gather information on us, yes he’s been doing this since the garden of Eden. Why? In order to seek an opportunity to entrap us at a weak moment.
Now back to Job and his response.
See “Job 1:20”.
Upon hearing all of the calamity that befell him and his household he moved to mourn then worship. His grief moved him to identify “the who” that has ultimate control of all circumstances, that being is our God. Job took on the posture of a wise servant with the understanding that all he had was indeed given to him to steward by his master, and in this case, God.
Job exemplifies his understanding by saying “Naked” I came from my mother’s womb and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away, may the name of the Lord be praised”
Job started his sequence of reacting to his hardship and adversity by identifying “the who” and this set his heart in the space to endure his experience. In so doing he turned his endurance of his current state to an act of worship. How did he do this you might ask?
In the course of enduring, the fuel to remain steadfast to God was Job’s faith in God’s enduring mercy and kindness. If Job didn’t have faith he would have lost hope and succumbed to the physical pain and social embarrassment he was going through. It took faith and an assurance in the sovereignty and mercy of God to daily hold on to trusting Him to change his circumstances.
So the question is; can we trust God enough to let our response to hardship, trials and difficulties become a vehicle to worship? Do we seek to respond to unexpected events by identifying who truly is in control? Our encouragement from this snippet of the life of Job is to acknowledge God and let our mourning and reaction to pain usher us into a service of worship. Let our worship set us on path of hope and trust. Don’t give up because God has not given up on you!
God’s confidence in Job was assurance enough to trust that Job won’t fall to temptation. You may ask, why was God so confident? Well, He was and is because He knows who lives inside you (servant and child of God) and it’s Him (His Spirit) (1 Cor 2 :12). So let this reassure you that God will never leave you nor forsake you and will perform his good work through you so long as you hold on to Him with faith and expectation.
12 Adonai said to the Adversary, “Here! Everything he has is in your hands, except that you are not to lay a finger on his person.” Then the Adversary went out from the presence of Adonai.
Iyov (Job) 1:12 CJB