Chronicled in Job
I don’t know that anyone has been at the highest of highs and the lowest of lows in such a short time span as Job. He had it all and lost it all, in a matter of days. And, he never cursed God. Could we make that claim if the same happened to us? When I say Job had it all, this is what I mean: He had seven sons and three daughters. He owned 7000 sheep, 3000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, 500 female donkeys, and a very large household. Job was a blessed man. Even by today’s standards, the dude had it going on.
Not only was the man exceedingly wealthy, he was righteous to boot. He praised God with all he had. He was a true servant of the Lord. Job even went so far as to make burnt offerings to God on his children’s behalf when they had eaten and drank too much. What a guy! He was one of God’s most prominent examples of goodness on earth. Job was the kind of guy I aspire to emulate.
Satan had taken notice. He saw all that Job had and surmised that he would not praise God if he had carnage and chaos instead of blessing and peace. The devil challenged God to allow him to take all Job owned, believing that Job would walk away from God if his riches were gone. God did allow the devil to rage, knowing that Job’s faith was not tied up in his possessions. Satan wiped it all out. One right after the other—literally—everything Job had was taken in a whirlwind of calamity. All of his animals and every one of his children were gone, just like that. What did Job do? He tore his robe, shaved his head, and worshipped the Lord. Astounding!
The devil was in disbelief. So, he approached God again with the theory that if Job’s body forsook him, then he would surely curse God. God allowed Satan to inflict Job with boils from head-to-toe. In his torturous pain, Job still did not speak ill against the Lord. Job’s own wife told him to “curse God and die,” but he refused. Three of job’s close friends came to “comfort” him. In reality, they came to judge him. They began to speculate that he was being punished for some great wickedness or folly he was engaged in. They urged him to repent. Job, in his suffering, lamented. He bent, but he never broke.
He rued the day he was born, he hated the circumstances he was in, he felt bombarded and unfairly treated, he prayed for relief, but he never cursed God. In fact, Job continued to trust in God’s sovereignty. His only flaw in the series of events was that he developed a spirit of self-righteousness as he continued to defend himself against his accusers. But, he also began to understand God’s omnipotence. Job repented of losing sight of God’s providence and power. At this, the Lord restored back to Job double what he had to begin with: 14,000 sheep, 6000 camels, 1000 yoke of oxen, 1000 female donkeys, seven more sons, and three more daughters.
So, how do we triumph in the midst of trial? Praise God, even on your worst day.