There are a lot of times in my life where God needs to send a lightning bolt down from heaven to knock me off the pedestal that I put myself on. Like, who do I think I am? This became a glaring issue as I read the humbleness of Job in Chapter 2. After rotting away from open sores that spread from his head to his toes, Job still continues to hold God in the high standing that he deserves. Job 2:9-10:
“His wife said to him, “Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!”
(Side Note: Can you imagine how bad his sores must have been for even his wife to wish that he were dead?)
“He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?””
This is a really interesting point. In today’s society people focus on all of the good things that God can give us. Like this verse in James 1:17:
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
But what about the trials that God also puts us through? James 1:2 says:
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.”
So Job has a really great point here, that we are supposed to expect both blessing and trials from God, not just blessing. I think Christians today get caught up in wondering why God inflicts trials into our lives, isn’t He only supposed to deal out blessing? We need to have the heart of Job in times of trial and continue to praise God no matter what the circumstances may be. What an incredible testimony that Job was able to bring to us through the life that he lived.
In Job’s suffering he continues to say great things about God, even in his horrible condition.
Job 9:4 “His wisdom is profound, his power is vast, Who has resisted him and come out unscathed?”
Job 9:7 “He speaks to the sun and it does not shine; he seals off the light of the stars.”
Job 9:10 “He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.”
Job 9:14 “How then can I dispute with him? How can I find words to argue with him?”
Job really paints a picture for us of how great our God truly is, and he then humbles himself by admitting that questioning God’s actions is trivial. I think we all need to humble ourselves just the way that Job has.
I humble myself before you. I acknowledge that you are the creator of the universe and that I could never fully understand your wisdom and reasoning. Help me appreciate and praise you more throughout my life for the wonderful things you’ve done for me, and also the trials you will bring me through. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.