Job 5-7 When we get discouraged, it helps to remember that we know how this story will turn out, but as we walk with Job, we begin to experience his pain, anguish, and questions. Satan had accused and challenged God that if Job’s body were touched “skin for skin,” he would curse God to His face. His wife added to that mantra with “curse God and die!” As Job sat in dust and ashes with a body that was wasting away with sores and in bodily pain, he did not succumb, for he “feared God and turned away from evil.”
Job may not have understood, but he remained God’s faithful servant. He kept talking to God, and that is where many say; “I tried God, and He failed me.” Instead of clinging to God through the hard times, we seek to “do it our way.” Job reminded his wife that is godless chatter. Job trusted that God would have His way in His time.
A lesson we can learn from this comes from Peter: “Dear friends, do not be astonished that a trial by fire is occurring among you, as though something strange were happening to you.” [1 Pe 4:12] Trials prove the genuineness of our faith.
When you face these hard trials, you have a choice; trust God or go your own way and prove the words of Satan true. Which will it be?