Have you ever felt like everyone has faith in God except you? You know when this happens. You are in the middle of a great trial, lost job, a crumbling marriage, rebellious child, betrayal in the church…..the list can go on and on. Sometimes the trial is really something very little. Maybe you trust him in the big things but you are not sure if He will pay your recent cell phone overages.
You watch other people and how they handle these issues. Maybe someone talks to you at Church, or at work, or at Starbucks and they tell you, “Just trust God….He loves you and has a plan for you.” But you wonder, “Does he?”
Let us consider Job today. He is the go-to guy when you are in a trial and need to know the proper way to respond. But then, you may think, “how could I ever be the man of faith like Job was?” Well in Job 23:8-9, Job tells his friends, “Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him: But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”
Job had searched for God, even in the places he knew God was working, but had felt in the end that God was not there for Him, He could not be found, He could not be perceived, God was hiding Himself from Job. Job did not understand completely the trial, but he knew one thing, and that is the point of this thought…”God is in control, having His best for me, even when I don’t understand what is happening.” This is true faith in it’s simplest form.
In Hebrews we are told “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” There are only two requirements for faith: 1) Belief in Him, and 2) Belief that He rewards those who seek Him.
Do you believe? Do you believe God is good? Then you have the winning combination for faith. Job was here. He believed and he believed that in the end, God would reward him with being refined. We may not like the refining process, but we all like the end result.
If you find yourself in the trial today,if you find yourself in the refining fire today, remember this lesson from Job. God does reward those who seek him and in the end you have the hope of life after the trial!