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“In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.” – Job 1:22
Our human nature makes it very natural and easy for us to tie wealth, success, familial love, and even health to the pleasure of God. Even if we don’t say it aloud, we may find ourselves believing that when we feel blessed, it is because we have made the LORD happy in some way, and it’s often even easier to believe that when things go wrong, it must always be due to God’s displeasure.
Job was a man who had every reason to believe that God was pleased with his life. He was the wealthiest man in the region, had a loving wife, and a large family of rambunctious children. In fact, the LORD was pleased with Job, enough to point him out as an example of a blameless man (Job 1:8, 2:3). But the circumstances of his life changed dramatically when God allowed the enemy to take everything away from him. His wealth, his possessions, his health, and even his children were stripped from him suddenly, leaving him with nothing but open sores and a bitter wife. Yet through each disaster, Job continued to believe two things: that he had neither chosen to sin nor would he choose to sin, and that God was good. Those two truths carried Job through the lowest days of his life.
Can you imagine losing everything you hold dear in a moment? To be walking forward in God’s calling for your life, confident of your path and direction, only to have your most valuable things violently ripped away. To know that your destination is high in mountains ahead yet see nothing but scalding desert before you. There is a reason that the enemy felt that by stripping Job of every earthly good thing, he would turn from God: because it almost always works. Our tendency to make faith into a pragmatic rewards system, where God blesses the faithful and curses the sinner robs us of the deeper joy offered to us through Christ. He offers us so much more than a journey free of valleys. Instead, Jesus calls us down into the valley with an extended hand, promising not to shield us from every misfortune, but instead to birth inside of us a joy and trusting peace that can withstand the most blistering of winds. Once we trust God with the direction of our journey, we may, along with Job, say with conviction: “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in Him.”