“Trust in the LORD with all your heart . . .” (Proverbs 3:5a)
Last week, we talked about not leaning on your own understanding. What happens when you lean on God and He appears to fail you? Let’s say you are not leaning on you, but nothing makes sense and God is no where to be found. What then?
We go into Job mode. Job had it all. Family, all the camels he could want. You name it. Scripture tells us he was the greatest man among all the peoples of the East.
And he loved God. Lots.
One day, Satan comes to God and starts talking trash about Job. He challenges God to put Job’s loyalty to the test. God gives His permission for the testing—with limits. Satan must spare Job’s life.
Within days, Job’s family, fortune, and health are gone. Disappeared. Penniless. Ten children to bury. So sick he can barely stand. His wife urges him to curse God and die. Job’s response? “Shall we accept good from God and not trouble?”
Yet, Job struggles. “Why?” echoes through the empty house. Has Job sinned? Not that he can remember. He longs to meet God and plead his case.
And God shows up. Close and personal. And He’s not obligated to answer questions. Instead, He’s asking them, one after another–for four chapters:
“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?”(Job 38:4a)
“Does the eagle soar at your command and build his nest on high?”(Job 39:27)
“Do you have an arm like God’s and can your voice thunder like his?”(Job 40:9)
“Can you pull in the leviathan with a fishhook or tie down his tongue with a rope?”(Job 41:1)
The bottom line?
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart . . .” (Proverbs 3:5)
Know He’s in charge and He’s got it handled. Lean, but not on your understanding of the situation. You’ll never get it completely, so simply trust. And obey.
The good news?
He is trustworthy and we don’t have to understand everything to walk through it. Some answers will have to wait until heaven.
Until then, trust Him. With soccer, siblings, school, and spouses. With everything. With all your heart.
Have you ever been in Job’s sandals? Has something happened that you didn’t understand?
What was your first response?
How do you keep going when God seems silent?
Look at Job 38-41. What is your response to God’s questions?
Do those questions bring you comfort like they did for Job?