Job had to do life with no answers and no explanations. When we read Job, we make the mistake in thinking Job knew exactly what was going on, but Job didn’t have the behind the scene information that we have, he didn’t know what was going on in the throne room of God, in a conversation between God and Satan.
Job, had all his children and their families were killed in one day and then he was struck by a debilitating illness, which had him rejected by society and using pot shards to scrape out his sores. Job had to do one day at a time, trusting God one day at a time even when Job did not have all the answers.
Job demonstrates real faith as opposed to superficial faith, or fair weather faith. This faith, is trusting God as long as everything is going well. This is what Satan accused Job of when he stood before God, since God had placed a hedge around Job where Job was protected and Satan could not get to him.(Job 1:9-10)
Does Job fear God for nothing?’ Satan replied. ‘Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land.
Fair weather faith changes when circumstances change; when pain is encountered; when loss is experienced; when answers are not given etc.
Real faith however, digs deep into what we already know about God, His ways and His promises. Job did that, in deep sorrow he immediately “fell to the ground in worship” (v20) “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away, may the name of the Lord be praised.”(v21).
Job’s emotions were separate from Job’s faith.
What Job really believed was still steady and did not change based on what he was feeling OR what he was experiencing. His emotions were created by God and he expressed his emotions with deep moaning. It was not a sin to express them, so Job tore his robe and sobbed, but Job never lost his perspective on God. He felt the deep loss, the disappointment, the heartbreak. He admitted his feelings to himself and to others, but he never lost his perspective on God: Who God was, His ways and His promises never changed in Job’s heart.
His wife had fair weather faith. In her loss and pain, full of emotion she said to him: “Are you still holding on to your integrity. Curse God and die!” Her faith was based on her circumstances, wanting good and blessing from God, trusting Him because then it went well for her. Job answers her from the Message bible:
“You’re talking like an empty-headed fool. We take the good days from God—why not also the bad days?”
I want faith like Job. Real faith that digs in to all I understand about God, His person and His promises no matter what happens in my circumstances. Faith that is rock solid that despite how tough things are, how much pain I am experiencing, I never lose my perspective of God and His love for me.
Rom 8:38-39(MSG) None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.
Father please work into my heart real faith that trusts You daily and is not dependent on my circumstances. May my faith not change as quickly as my emotions, but despite my emotions let my faith be steady.
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