“Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him.” These words of Job, uttered in the hour of his most brutal agony, proved the depth of his love for God.
Job is considered one of the most righteous men in the Bible. God even affirmed this when talking to Satan. But I doubt Job felt like he was a great man, especially during his time of intense trial. I’ll bet he felt like a failure, like someone who was disappointing his God.
Here’s the secret about faith: It doesn’t come in big, huge waves of emotion. You don’t often feel like a faithful person when you’re going through a trial. And you usually don’t enjoy the gritty experience of your hardship.
Trust is more than a plastic smile. It’s deeper than an occasional hallelujah. It’s a quiet stick-to-it-iveness — the back-of-your-mind feeling that God is going to take care of you. I’ve been there many times. I know the long nights and lonely days. I know the agony of betrayal, the pain of loss, and the stinging-hot blasts of enemy fire. I’ve never enjoyed a trial, but I’ve always had this deep-down sense of peace. Why? Because God is good. He can be trusted.
That’s what Job felt. Even if God took Job home, He would still have been good. And even if your worst nightmare comes to pass, God is still good. He can be trusted. I hope you rest in His promises today.
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder