Boils, bankruptcy, bereavement. What kept Job going? Even his wife had lost faith, 'Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die' (Job 2:9 NIV)! Yes, he was. Job demonstrates a grit, determination and trust in God unparalleled in the rest of the Old Testament.
Was Job cold-hearted, to be able to struggle on when his family were killed? Not a bit (flip to Job 1:20). Job knew that God was good, faithful, and powerful, and even if he didn't know exactly what was going on, no worldly thing was going to distract him from that, even when his world was crumbling down around him.
'I came naked from my mother's womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord' (Job 1:21 NLT)! Woah. That's real God-perspective.
Praising God when the sun's shining is ok, but choosing to do it when your world is falling apart demonstrates Job-like trust. Even when it looked like God had walked away, Job chose God, 'For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth; And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, That in my flesh I shall see God...' (Job 19:25-26 NKJ). Job didn't have a fake smile fixed to his face, but deep in his heart, he chose to trust God.
So what now? Read Romans 8:28. How could you be a lifeline to someone who's struggling at the moment?
SoulFood: Jer 51-52, Matt 26:69-75, Ps 50:16-23, Pro 10:11-13
The Word For You Today (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by Rhema Media. 2011 UCB International Ltd