“Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may speak, and let come on me what will” (Job 13:13).
Job exhorts his friends to let (leave) me alone, he is saying I know whom I have placed my faith, trust and hope in. Come hell or high water, good times and bad, health and sickness or wealth and poverty, I am sticking with HIM. The Him Job refers to is none other than Jehovah El Shaddai, God Almighty. Beyond the shadow of doubt Job understands there are key considerations to be made when sharing your faith with anyone, especially, well-meaning friends or misguided family members.
First and foremost, faith must be real in your life. Job understood faith must be in your “heart,” not just your “head.” Second, we must have a burning desire to impart the truth of God and information that lead others to a better understanding of Him. We must teach in our moments of distress as well as relaxation. Finally, the truth of God must dominate every facet of our daily lives. We must speak truth to saints and sinners, family and friends. Job, a man of great faith did not have to try to fool anyone, because none of the considerations of faith were missing in his life. Thousands of years later the faith and integrity of Job, which surpassed his renowned patience, continues to have an impact on the lives of others.
The songwriter said; ‘You cannot wait until after the situation is over to bless the name of the Lord.’ Those types of believers are “conditional believers” and there is nothing more disappointing to God. The faithful believer must honor the holiness of God by offering Him praise in good times and bad: “Praise the Lord. Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. For His mercy endures forever. Who can utter the mighty acts of the Lord? Who can declare all His praise?” (Psalm 106:1-2) God is good all the time and we must be faithful to give Him praise at all times. Your soul must rejoice in the Lord, the rejoicing soul sings praise unto the Lord.
Job was one of those believers with “crazy faith,” you know the kind that even though they are looking at an obstacle in their path they are not going to allow what they see, in Job’s case what he feels, to hinder what they believe. There comes a time when we have to praise the Lord in advance. As you give thought to your faith in the Lord, let everyone and everything that has breath: “Praise the Lord. Praise Him in the heights. Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts. Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all you stars of light. Praise Him, you heavens of heavens, and you waters above the heavens. Let them praise the name of the Lord, for He commanded and they were created. He also established them forever and ever” (Psalm 148:1-6).
God said “I wound and I heal, I kill and I make alive” every-thing and every circumstance that the believer find him/herself having to deal with is placed in our lives according to the will of God. In His infinite wisdom He took great care not to make known every trial, temptation or tribulation we would have to overcome. If we knew in advance we would do everything humanly possible to avoid the bad and prepare for the good. If life was the proverbial bed of roses and things went well for us at all times there would be little reason to trust and-or believe God. “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created” (Revelation 4:11).
God never said, at least I cannot find it anywhere in the Scriptures, those who seek His kingdom and its righteousness would have an easy task, but He repeatedly tells us it will be worth it. Having committed to the reward we can praise Him in advance for His abiding faithfulness. Job said it best: “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in Him: but I will maintain mine own ways before Him. He also shall be my salvation: for a hypocrite shall not come before Him” (Job 13:15-16). You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool God any time, praise must be sincere and genuine, it must be in your heart not just your head.
“Hear diligently my speech and my declaration with your ears” (Job 13:17). The blessings are going to come and so will the darkness as sure as it written, the things we fear the most shall come upon us. Faith allows us to praise God for all our blessings, thank Him for bringing us through the dark days and glory in deliverance in His word as a lamp unto our feet walking the path of righteousness. Let us praise Him in advance; “Blessing and glory and wisdom, thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen” (Revelation 7:12). Be blessed and bless someone in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ