Heroes #5 – Job the Faithful Man of God:
“Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.” (Job 13:15).
“For I know that my Redeemer lives.” (Job 19:25).
QUICK TAKE ON JOB: “The Book of Job tells the story of a godly man who endured an enormous amount of suffering while remaining faithful to God. The story begins with Job losing his children, his many possessions, and even his own health – all within a very short period of time. Only Job’s wife escaped the ruin that Satan inflicted upon him. Then Job’s three friends came to comfort him and to reflect on the purpose for his suffering. They each considered the basic question: Why must we endure suffering when God is powerful enough to do something about it?” (The Spirit Filled Life Bible).
Job is a model to us of a faithful man of God. “There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil.” (Job 1:1). The story recorded in Job is interesting, because we get a glimpse at the spiritual world that exists beyond our natural senses. It begins when the angels come to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan comes in with them. When God asked Satan to consider the faithfulness of Job, Satan said, “The only reason Job blessed You is because you bless him. If you take away everything he has, he will curse You to your face.” God said, “All right, you may test him.” And test Job he did! Satan destroyed all of Job’s livestock, killed his children, and even stole his health. When everything that could possibly go wrong in his life went wrong, what did Job do? The way he responded in the midst of his suffering offers us many important lessons.
Job said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:21). In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God. Although he didn’t understand what was happening to him, and he surely didn’t like it, he never lost his faith in God. His confidence in God was such that He said even if God took his very life, he would still praise Him because Job knew that his Redeemer lived.
When Job’s wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die.” (Job 2:9), Job’s response was, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” (Job 2:10). In other words, Job said that he rested in the Sovereignty of God, and trusted that the Lord knew what was best for his life.
The Bible says, “Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord–that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.” (James 5:11). Many times we wonder when we go through trials how can we endure suffering and stay faithful to God when bad things happen. There are two important things we need to know about suffering: First of all, suffering is not always the result of sin in your life. The Bible says that Job was a righteous man, and yet he still experienced trouble. Secondly, suffering is not always the result of unbelief in your life. Job’s three friends tried to make both of those points, saying that the only reason bad things were happening to Job was either because he had sin in his life, or he didn’t have enough faith to trust God. Both were wrong. Jesus Himself said, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33).
There is no easy answer to the question of why bad things happen to good people. We may never have an adequate answer to that question until we get to Heaven. But we can be encouraged by the fact that even when difficult times come, it doesn’t mean that God has abandoned us. We can be of good cheer, because we know that He will never leave us nor forsake us. When we go to God in prayer, even though in the world we will have trouble, in Him, we can find peace.
Pastor Chris Jordan