“Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have “The end of the Lord,” that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy” (James 5:11).
We know the story of Job’s torment at the hands of Satan, puss-filled sores, boils and scalps hard enough to be scraped with pieces of a clay pot. His body weakened, aching and in constant pain, reduced to nothing more than a hollow shell of a man. A one of a kind man, God said “there is none like him in the earth,” what would cause God Almighty to pay a man such a high compliment? Patience is what Job is best known for, but the patience came after the fact, what allowed this man to be so patient? It was faith—a willingness to trust God, to obey God and wait on the Lord.
Job’s name is derived from an Arabic word signifying “repentance,” and today it is one of the greatest names in Old Testament Scripture that personifies faith in God. His faith in God allowed him to overcome adversity, arguments and controversy that came from his wife, friends and of course Satan. Faith in the faithfulness of God allowed God, not Job, to respond to Satan’s challenge that if God were to take away Job’s material possessions he would curse God to His face. The foundation of Job’s struggle was not laid in a lack of faith in God but in God’s abundant confidence in the integrity of Job’s faith.
As Christians we must believe that we can trust God, and in all fairness we have to look inward and ask ourselves, can God trust the integrity of my faith? God knew He could trust Job to hold on to the integrity of his faith-based relationship with Him. “Though He slays me, yet I will trust Him” (Job 13:15). Job had a rare and rich understanding of his relationship with God, he knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that he could trust God. Job understood that every so often God has to use the good and innocent to prove His sovereignty over the evil and guilty.
Patience is one of many things we can learn from Job’s experience; starting with trusting God to do what He said He would do, in due season, deliver us from evil from within and without. Evil can take the form of personal acts of impatience and contempt for the timing of God, an unwillingness to see “the end of the Lord.” Job suffered through a period of unthinkable adversity, and it was not because he had done anything wrong; remember God called him “a perfect and upright man, one that fears God and eschews evil.” Job suffered for God’s sake. “In all of this Job sinned not nor charged God foolishly” (Job 1:22).
As soldiers of the cross we must live a faith that will allow God to ask the adversary “have you considered my servant _______?” Today, we would expect compensation for our pain and suffering, but Job had no such expectations. His willingness to hold fast to the faithfulness of God in the end led to a “restoration of all that Job had lost,” his losses were not only restored but were doubled. Faith drives patience and through patience we can see the end of the Lord. Be blessed and bless someone in Jesus’ name. Blessing and glory and wisdom, thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ
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