After the loss of his family and livelihood, Job now loses his health. His commitment to the character of God throughout all of his suffering is incredible.
We have been given a great example to follow through our peek into Job’s life. Suffering well takes a steadfast commitment to God and His ways, regardless of circumstances and in spite of my feelings. Really, though, isn’t this true every day? The temptation to disbelieve God is ever-present, whether we walk through the incredible Job-like-fires of suffering or simply battle through our very ordinary days.
And Satan knows it.
Undermining the character of God is the devil’s go-to attack. In fact, Satan’s assault on Job is not unlike the very first attempt this deceptive serpent took to undermine God’s character in the garden. All temptation is essentially a choice of trust and obedience, or rebellion and disbelief; to bless God—regardless—or to “curse God” and rebel.
Evaluation of Submissiveness
Suffering well is a matter of submission, friends. As is facing our everyday temptations. Let us consider today the role of submission in our pursuit of experiencing hope amidst the temptations of life.
Do I truly believe that God is good, and that He knows best? That He is in control, even when my circumstances seem horribly out of control? Even when the choice contrary to His Word seems like the better options? Do I believe that He loves me, even when the assaults of the evil one will tempt me to think otherwise?
Your hands have made and fashioned me;
give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.
Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice,
because I have hoped in your word.
I know, O LORD, that your rules are righteous,
and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
(Psalm 119:73-75 ESV)
Do I believe that God sees me? That I am not forgotten, no matter my circumstances may try to tell me?
You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
(Psalm 139:3,17-18 ESV)
Do I believe that God hears me? When I ask Him to remove the difficulties I face, but He doesn’t? Can I trust that He has heard me and then—whatever answer He gives—choose to walk in obedience?
Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
(2 Corinthians 12:8-9 ESV)
Will I navigate my days driven by my emotions, or by truth? Or will I—like Job’s wife—give in to the great temptation to walk away from the truth of who God is?
Our soul waits for the LORD;
he is our help and our shield.
For our heart is glad in him,
because we trust in his holy name.
Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us,
even as we hope in you.
(Psalm 33:20-22 ESV)
God is good, ladies. And He is oh-so trustworthy! Let us put our hope in Him through submitting to His will for our days.
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