If we were a Bible character; our life, men had read.
From the pages of Scripture, just what would be said?
If God were writing our profile today,
To record in His Word; just what would it say?
“There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.” Job 1:1
What wonderful words to be said of a man…indeed, Job had a good name with God! We don’t have to read very far to see this same man suffer probably the greatest losses (at least in the short amount of time) among men. To some, the thought of this very Godly man experiencing such extreme trials could be quite discouraging. Why Job? He LOVED God. He FEARED God. He SHUNNED evil. Why him?
The more we read God’s Word, the more we will realize how often the Lord allows some of His choicest servants to go through the darkest of valleys. Think of Joseph, of Daniel, of Jeremiah…just to name a few. Throughout this book, we see Job’s TRUST in God…but also his humanness even to the point of wishing he had never been born. (Aren’t we so thankful that God does not give us EVERY thing for which we ask?)
The story of Job is a perfect reminder that trials come to all. And, as strange as it may seem, the Bible tells us that not only should we expect trials but we should welcome them!
“Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:” I Peter 1:6,7
As we see in Job 42, in every trial God may allow in our life, there will be a first chapter as well as a last chapter. Yes, the last chapter…the morning…does eventually come once again! But, during those middle chapters of our trial, may we, by God’s grace, be able to say with Job,
“Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him…” Job 13:15
~ Rachel ~