I am currently reading the book of Jobs. It’s about a man who had everything! Job had an empire that consisted of wealth and health. The people in his life adored him. Even God found him pleasing in His eyes. Until one day, an enemy was permitted to take everything and everyone away from Job. Everything was lost within a short period of time. One would think that God wasn’t so fond of Job after all..
It made me wonder...how would I handle this situation?
Would I curse God like Job’s wife did? Or would I fearfully evaluate the way I’m living? Would I come to peace with the term, “God gives and God takes?” How far in doubt would I allow myself to go?
After everything the devil put Job through, his faith remained stronger than ever and his eyes were fixed on the One Who’s able. This Bible character doesn’t choose to forget God. He wanted to understand God and His purpose. Job was there waiting for a response as he knocked and wept. In fact, he had arguments that we would acknowledge if we knew Job closely. Job had a clean heart. Innocent as he was, Job continued to battle his “meant to be” fate.
I can’t even imagine what it’s like to lose everything. Especially a family member. I’m scared to even picture myself being in Job’s situation. I’m so SO attached to the people in my life. I try to live life to the fullest. I’ve lived through pain and paradise. Nothing like what Job experienced, though.
God, if I’m ever in Job’s place, help me suffer faithfully. I pray to remain humble, faithful, and present. I ask to help me fear You, be patient with You, and trust You. Most of all, I want to find my strength in You.
“True strength is when you’re holding together when everything else is falling apart.”