Most, if not all, are familiar with the trials of Job. The circumstances that came, by God's allowance, were devastating to his life and livelihood. The tragic loss of his family, possessions, health and even the support of his wife seemed overwhelming.
At such times, we often find comfort in close friends who drop in to share in our grief...not so for Job! Friends did come, but there was little comfort in their conversation. In fact, the best of their time spent with Job was clearly in the several days of silence (2:13). A lesson here - when we don not know what to say, just be there.
When the silence was broken, his Comforters became his Critics and began analyzing Job's circumstances; concluding from their ignorance that somewhere, Job must be at fault...Proverbs 18:13 would be a good verse to consider here!
In the midst of the most trying circumstances, we find Job's Confidence in God's Purposes. Even without understanding God's reasons for his troubles and in the face of his friends' comfortless counsel, Job cries, "Though He slay me, yet, will I trust Him..."
The context indicates that Job is defending himself against Zophar's charges (chapter 12) and places himself confidently in God's hands (Job 13:14b-15a). Job is confident that even should his circumstances result in his death, yet, he could trust in God's purposes, though unknown. Job was confident in his Deliverer though his Deliverance from present conditions may be death.
The inevitable prospect of death should hold no fear for the Believer, for even then, though there is sorrow, there is also hope (1Thess 4:13-14). If in the face of death, Job could still trust because of his faith, how can we do less in the face of life?
We do not know what our "yet" may be, so may our present trials be our proving ground to increase our trust.
"Trust and Obey" by John H. Sammis will encourage you as you reflect on it today.