Most of you are familiar with the story of Job in the Bible. He was a man of God and was obedient to The Lord. He was the greatest of all the people of the east because of all that he owned. One day, Satan came to the Lord and said sure, this is a man of God but take away all he owns and he will curse God to His face. The Lord, knowing Job’s heart and knowing He will never turn away from Him gave Satan permission to take away all that he has as a test to Job and to prove to Satan that he will never turn away from Him.
And that’s exactly what he did. All that Job previously loved and knew was taken away, just like that in a matter of minutes. His seven sons and three daughters, his 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 oxen, and 500 donkeys were all wiped away. Get this: after the messengers came and told Job all this horrific news, he didn’t curse the name of God. He didn’t turn away from him, he didn’t question God. So what did he do?
He fell on the ground and worshiped.
Whoa. I will never get tired of reading that. That is one of the most powerful verses in the bible, in the midst of his endless pain and suffering, he fell on the ground and worshiped. What?
I think each and every one of us are modern day Job’s. We find ourselves going through endless trials and tribulations, some more excruciating than the next, but we all face our own battles on the daily. One on top of the other; they pile on. They seem never-ending. Job suffered greatly, more than we could imagine, yet he was still obedient to God and praised Him in the midst of losing everything and everyone he once loved and cherished. Satan failed. He thought the moment he took away his belongings, he would curse the name of God and he got nothing but a black eye when Job refused to turn away from God, but to Him.
After this, Satan was furious that his plan didn’t go accordingly so he attacked his health.
“So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and struck Job with loathsome sores from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.” // Job 2:7
Ouch. Having one sore on my body is enough to put me in pain, could you imagine having excruciating sores on every ounce of your body? In the midst of all of this suffering, his wife pushed him to curse God so all of this would go away and he would suffer no longer but he refused.
What do you think God did as a result of this? He blessed him. So abundantly. He gave him twice as much as he had before, 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 oxen, and 1,000 donkeys. He gave him once again seven sons and three daughters, and all of his brothers and sisters gave him money and gold.
Whoa. This is so powerful. I think we can all relate to Job to some extent because when these tests and trials come into our lives and we find ourselves continuing to pursue Christ and stay obedient to Him, He blesses us double than what we were blessed with before. Of course they suck in the meantime, nobody likes being in the midst of a trial, but when The Lord blesses you for staying obedient throughout it… Wow. He blesses us hard. I’ve found, and if you’re a Christ follower you most likely have too, that when you are obedient through these trials, you are drawn so much closer to The Lord than you could never have previously imagined, and being close to Him is the most beautiful experience you will ever have in life and that is a promise.
So the next time, or currently, a trial comes upon your life, know that Satan cannot touch you without the permission of God. The reason God allows these trials are for various reasons, but they are each so good. To draw us closer to Him, to learn to trust Him, etc. He promises He will never do anything to harm you, but in everything to strengthen and grow you.
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” // 1 Corinthians 10:13
Let’s be modern day Job’s. Let’s fall on our knees and worship when we feel so overcome by a trial. Let’s choose to pursue Christ harder than we ever have before. In a world full of Judas’, let’s be Job’s. Let’s choose to not lose trust in Christ the moment a trial enters our lives but let’s let it further our trust even more. God knows exactly what you need and He is the only one who can provide. So in the midst of need, let’s seek His good and perfect will. Let’s throw away our pride, get on our knees, and praise God through the storm. He will get you through. He will bless you. He will provide. He will show you His endless goodness and love. Wait. Trust. Seek. Pursue.
Let’s show the world that there are still Job’s left.
Let’s change the world by showing them that there are still Job’s left.
Let’s be modern day Job’s.