For 35 chapters out of 42 in the Book of Job in the Bible, it was clear that Job does not hear God’s voice in his moments of deep suffering and pain. At severe testing times, it is difficult for many of us to sense the comforting Words of God. Many of us go through this painful experience in life as well. God seemed so far away. We could easily interpret this silence from heaven as divine judgment or indifference but not with Job. Job knew the Lord more than that. He held on to “the Words of the Holy One” even when the Lord seemed silent and far from caring and loving him. Job’s PERSEVERANCE was a KEY to the VICTORY won.
In our fast changing and dangerous world we lived in, our greatest gift to ABBA Father in Heaven is our steadfast TRUST in Him when we are suffering and we can’t see or hear from HIM. Job has experienced severe trials in his life. And his life story was written in the BIBLE for our learning. He lost all his children, his business empire and even his own health. He was inflicted with severe sores over his body. These afflictions were a great nightmare for any human beings to bear.
Today, Christians in many parts of the world are experiencing severe persecutions and could lose their lives anytime for their faith in Jesus Christ. It was very hard to bear when you have no one to turn to and the Lord is silent. But Job would not let go of his FAITH, and he was rewarded with a stunning revelation of God in Job 42:5-6 (AMP), “ 5 I had heard of You [only] by the hearing of the ear, But now my [spiritual] eye sees You. 6 Therefore I retract [my words and hate myself] And I repent in dust and ashes.”
I love Job’s story, despite all the pain and suffering, for such a beautiful exaltation of the ALMIGHTY GOD found in Job 19:25-26 (NIV), “25 I know that my REDEEMER lives, and that in the end HE will stand on the earth. 26 And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my FLESH I will see God.” Someday, we will see our Maker in our flesh if we TRUST HIM and PERSEVERE till the very end. Hallelujah!
Jesus Christ said in Matthew 16:25 (NIV), “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” Our faith in Christ must go through the furnace fire like Job and many persecuted and suffering Christians around the world.
Just the same with raw gold ores, our faith in God must be tested and purified in the hot furnace of afflictions. Having gone through the fire, we will know that the Lord Jesus Christ is FAITHFUL!
The Apostle Paul summed it up beautifully, “We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37).
Praise the Lord for His Compassion and Mercy!
Job 1:6-12 (NIV)
6 One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them.
7 The LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?”
Satan answered the LORD, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”
8 Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”
9 “Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied.
10 “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land.
11 But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”
12 The LORD said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.”
Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.
Job 2:9-10 (NIV)
9 His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!”
10 He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.
Job 13:15 (NIV)
15 Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him;
I will surely defend my ways to his face.
James 5:11 (NIV)
11 As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.