“Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.” Job 38:4
The life of Job is often referenced when people consider times of suffering and trial. Job is sometimes used jokingly as an example of patience. However, I fear that we too often pass by the book of Job as just a precedent for human suffering and an example of how those who love God are permitted to suffer as well as those who do not love God. In the latter portion of the book, out of which the text for this blog post is taken, we see the climax of the book and of Job’s suffering. The Lord Himself, after Job and his friends have ceased from weighing in their thoughts on his trials, has the floor. Job, now, is ready to listen.
God allowed Job to suffer the things that he did to renew his focus on God’s righteousness and power. Job was a saved man. He lived an upright life. He dealt honestly and was diligent in pursuing the spiritual good of his family. He had, however, a real need to be shown that, in all things, God is right. His wisdom is perfect. We men need a reminder from God that He, as Jude puts it, is God “only wise.” His way and wisdom is perfect. He established the heavens and the earth without consulting Job, or us for that matter. His power upholds the creation. What God does, He does right. He has ordered the things that pertain to our lives as a faithful and loving Saviour and Creator. We can and must trust Him to do what is right and good for us.
What kind of challenges or obstacles are you facing? It is too easy for us to say that we would serve God as we should if only certain circumstances were easier for us. God made things harder for Job to renew his faith and focus upon His own righteousness and power. In the end Job inherited a great blessing. That trial that has befallen you and made your life a daily struggle may be the very thing that God is using to lift your eyes heavenward to trust His perfect hand. May God help us to trust in Him and to leave off depending on a more convenient situation to do His will.