I’ve been reading the book of Job. Most people know the story of how he was stripped of everything except his very life.
People erroneously say that he took being tried with a good attitude. But if you read the story you will find that he was quite upset.
He felt the way most of us feel when we’re in a extending time of trying: he felt that God’s hand was against him. And, I suppose to some degree it was as God had ALLOWED Satan to attached Job.
But here is the kicker: God allowed it because he TRUSED Job.
What?! (scratching my head). One would think that God would allow calamity to strike people he doesn’t trust and who doesn’t love him not the other way around!
Yet, God allows calamity to strike someone who loved him and lived righteously. God knew what was inside of Job better than Job knew what was inside of himself. God was more than confident of the strength, faith and integrity within Job.
Even though Job was mad and felt that what God was allowing to happen to him was unfair, he still never cursed God which is what Satan was banking on happening.
You see Satan thought that Job’s affection and reverence for God was only superficial. He thought that if God stripped Job of everything, he would stop loving God.
I have to say that the sentiments that Job felt, I too have had those same feelings. I’m okay with being tried as long as it’s doesn’t cause suffering or pain and it doesn’t last for an extended period of time 😊.
I too felt that God’s hand was against me. I felt that way because I knew, that I knew, that I knew that he could change my situation in an instant. But in his sovereignty, he chose not to change it.
In fact, it lasted for several years. I was mad. I cried. And, like Job I wondered what I had done to have to endure such hardship.
It seems that during these trying times that God goes silent about what you’re going through. He was speaking to me about other things. But not about the situation I was in.
So, what do you do when you feel like God’s hand is against you?
- We must continue to trust in God and know that the trying or testing is only for a season. Even though my trying lasted for several years, in the grand scheme of eternity it was only for a season. So, I guess what I’m saying is that we have to try to keep things in the right perspective.
- We must hope in God’s word. And, you know, that’s not just his written word, the Bible. It can be a personal word to you as long as that word lines up with what the Bible says.
- We must maintain our faith. Everyday we have to awake with an attitude of “this is the day the will change”. It doesn’t mean that it will. But it’s important to keep our faith and hope alive. Eventually, things will
- We must know that what we’re going through will produce something far greater than what we’re expecting. Whatever we lost during the process God will heal us from it or restore us to something greater. Know that God allows us to go through trials because he’s trying to get us to change our minds, our perspective or our direction.
So, when you’re going through an extended time of trials know that God has ALLOWED it because he trusts that you can handle it in faith and integrity! And, even though you are angry about it, you won’t give up, but you will endure it to the end like Job.
This isn’t what I intended to write about today. I was going to write about something concerning Job. But it wasn’t this. It seemed as though as I started to type the words took on a life of their own. I suppose this is something that somebody needed.