Trust God During the Trials
In my daily devotions, I found myself in the book of Job today. I have read the book of Job several times over my years as a believer. Each time I read it, I am impressed and challenged to be full of joy, faith, and commitment to God. In chapter two, Job finds himself in an argument with his wife. By this time, Job had lost all his animals, crops, and even his children. Satan also struck Job with “loathsome sores.” Job’s wife tells him he should “curse God and die.” Look at Job 2:7-10. 7 So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and struck Job with loathsome sores from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. 8 And he took a piece of broken pottery with which to scrape himself while he sat in the ashes. 9 Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die.” 10 But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” In all this, Job did not sin with his lips.
Our TPCS community has seen and experienced both good times and bad times during this pandemic. It is impressive how Job responded to the bad things that God allowed Satan to do to Job. As you read the rest of the book of Job, you will see that he maintains his integrity toward God and does not lose his faith. In the end, God pours out great blessings on Job. God restores both his family and his wealth because of Job’s faithfulness during trials.
As we look at the many things God has done at TPCS this year, we see countless blessings that God has brought our way. I know that our students, teachers, and staff are exhausted and weary of the impact of COVID. In our upper school faculty devotions on Wednesday, one of our faculty challenged us to find three things where we can find joy in our relationship with Christ. This activity helps us to keep focused on the many blessings God gives us during our trials.
While going through his trials, Job did not have the support of his family or friends. Yet in Job 13, he declares that his hope is found in the Lord. In chapter 19, he refers to how his redeemer (God) still lives. He restates his faith in God.
It behooves us to continue to remain faithful to God during all of our trials and losses because He will never leave us nor forsake us. Hebrews 13: 5 Let your manner of living be without covetousness, and be content with such things as ye have. For He hath said, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee”;
God will be faithful to fulfill His promises. Will you be faithful to trust in God during the hard times?