“Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.”
It’s hard to trust God in the “normalcy” of life but it’s even harder when we are experiencing the pain and turmoil of this life. Job understood heartache and disaster and he experienced the pain of loss. Much of what we know about his life we struggle to understand including his response, Job 13:15 is one of the most amazing verses about trust in the entire bible. Our trust is often tied to the results we want to see, we trust when we get the results we want and we stop trusting when we don’t. Jobs story begins when:
- Disaster Took His Fortune (1:13-17)
The bible says that he owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, and 500 female donkeys. He was the richest person in that entire area and one day when his family was feasting a messenger arrived with news of his financial disaster, his oxen, donkeys and camels were stolen, his sheep were burned up.
• Death Touched His Family (1:18-19)
Heavy on the heels of financial disaster came the death of family. While his sons and daughters were feasting in their oldest brother’s home a powerful wind hit the house causing it to collapse killing all of his children.
- Disease Tortured His Flesh (2:7-8)
Job was struck with terrible boils from head to foot and he sat among the ashes scraping his skin with a piece of broken pottery.
- Disillusionment Turned Away His Friends (6:15a)
Many of us are devastated when we go through pain and loss only to lose the very people who we rely on to comfort and help. Job said that his brothers were as unreliable as a seasonal brook that overflows its banks in the spring. Tragedy reminds us that only God is reliable that only He can truly comfort and provide.
The greatest question Job had to face was in the face of disaster was he willing to trust God? In the time of trouble sometimes we say that we can’t trust God, that the problems are just too big. For Job there were three things that he could trust in during his time of trouble:
- God’s Purpose
Job focused on God’s purpose not the problem and in Job 23:10, he says “God knows where I am going and when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold.” We trust in God’s purposes when they fit our plan but do we really believe that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose? When we go through trials we can trust in God’s purpose, we don’t have to focus on the problems because we know His process will be refining.
- God’s Power
Job focused on God’s power not the problem, he knew that His provider was not limited in power and in Job 19:25 he focuses on what he does knows “ I know that my Redeemer lives” We will always be tempted to respond based on what we feeling instead of facts. In crisis we can come back to the reality that our God is powerful, that He lives even when our feelings want to deny the facts.
- God’s Promise
Job focused on the promise not the problem, in Job 19:25-27 Job says “And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God! I will see him for myself. Yes, I will see him with my own eyes. I am overwhelmed at the thought.” When Job focused on God’s promises he found himself overwhelmed by them, so often we let the problems of life overwhelm us when God’s promises are so much bigger.
In this life we will have trouble and there will always be a temptation to stop trusting, yet the question remains, will you trust God in the turmoil and tragedy? Job experienced the raw pain and brokenness of loss and it came suddenly and without reprieve and it would have been easy for him to have missed the greatest truth of all: You will never know that God is all you need until God is all you have.