“Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him.”
– Job 13:15 (NKJV)
It is easy for us to believe that we trust God. This belief gets tested, however, when we go through suffering. The result is that sometime we discover that, under pressure, some of us find it difficult to trust God – rather wanting to escape it quickly. Suffering brings a feeling of losing control, which may result in us running to man instead of to God.
Trust Him in the suffering
The scripture above (Job 13:15) shows us that in his suffering, Job chose to still trust God. He chose to approach God to plead his case. He was honest in bringing his pain and grief before God. Remember that God has invited all of us to come to Him and reason together with Him (Isaiah 1:18). This is an invitation to pour out our hearts to the God who has our whole lives in His hands and knows what is happening in our lives. He cares for us and knows what He is doing to help us come out stronger and victorious through the suffering. This is why Job chose not to speak falsehoods or deceit for as long as the spirit of God lived in him (Job 27:3-4).
Trust in His wisdom
Our faith in God can be unwavering, however, challenging circumstances will always test it. Life’s challenges cannot be aborted, but we can navigate through those moments by applying God-given wisdom. In Job’s hard circumstances, there was a realisation of the importance of wisdom and the acquisition of understanding.
Job knew that, though he was steadfast in his faith, the application of wisdom was critical to keep his posture right before God. Job’s inquiry about where wisdom comes from (Job 28), suggests his desire to keep embracing God’s wisdom. Job testifies of the preciousness of wisdom (Job 28:17, 21 (NIV)), pointing to the fact that “it is hidden from the eyes of all living things.” This clearly shows that regardless of the circumstances, we need to maintain reverence towards God to gain victory.
Trust in His character
Job’s choice to rather speak with God about His suffering is an indication that he knew that God would listen to him and answer him. He is a faithful God who does not change, hence the confidence to approach Him. Job knew that God promised to never leave nor forsake him, so he knew that God would redeem him (Job 19:25).
- Read Habakkuk 3:17-19 and meditate on it. Write down the nuggets you get as you meditate on this scripture.
Father, You are wise, faithful and You never change. Thank you for the confidence You give to us to approach You. Thank you that You are the lifter of our heads and remain present in our lives at all times. Thank you for giving us wisdom when we lack it. Amen.