True Faith

Job 1:20-21
Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped.  And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

After all that has just befallen Job, the words on his lips are, “Blessed be the name of the Lord.”  He knows God is still good even when evil comes into his life.  He wants to thank God and honor Him in the midst of his tragedy.  He still looks to God and desires to live for Him and serve Him despite having everything he cherished so much ripped from him.  He understands that everything he had lost had first come from the hand of God and that it was His right to take it all back.  And he finds himself totally at the mercy of God.

What strength and understanding of God comes from the heart of Job.  This is a man whose faith went deep.  Here is someone who had the right perspective and so could ultimately endure all that was thrown at him.  This is the kind of man who demonstrates what Jesus admonishes us to do—to love nothing more than Him.  Because even though Job surely loved his children very much and did so much for them and even though he valued his health and his possessions, he loved God more.  Truly everything was taken from him, but he had what mattered most to him still intact.

When we can live that way, when we are at that same point in our lives, though Satan would throw everything he had at us in order to shake our faith and pull us away from God, we will instead be able to draw all the more closer to God through it.  We will still realize that God is love and God is in control and He is with us.  And when hard things come into our lives, we will find ourselves praising God despite it all.

Satan meant to sever Job’s relationship with God.  Satan set out to prove that Job only loved God because of the things He had given him and how blessed he had been.  But what he found was a righteous man whose faith could not be shaken by his circumstance.  Satan could wound Job in his heart and grieve him severely, but he could never take away his relationship with his Lord.  And though Satan would seek to do the same to us, children of God and his mortal enemies, let us refuse to allow him the victory.  May we have the same kind of faith that Job had where he could trust God no matter what happened to him, and may we have that same love for God that Job had that enabled him to praise his Lord in the midst of unthinkable tragedy.

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