Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him…
–Job 13:15 NIV
How could anyone who lost ten children, watched his prosperity be carried off by thieves, endured physical sickness, and tolerated the ridicule of his closest friends have declared his trust was still in a God who allowed such tragedies? (See Job 1:13-19; 2:7-8.)
The answer to that perplexing question rests in Job’s devoted heart. His lifestyle of obedient faith established under him a solid foundation based on the sure footing of God’s character. (Job 1:1,5)
Enduring tragedy without losing faith is wholly dependent on the strength of our relationship with Him and willingness to obey. Jesus said, “Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them” (John 14:21 NIV).
While many people boast of strong faith when the sun shines, true submission to His instruction is the clearest way of demonstrating depth of conviction, even when circumstances blind your ability to understand (Hebrews 11:1; 2 Corinthians 5:7). The overflow of submitting to the Lord results in a deeper relationship with Him. This intimacy enables you to flourish even when the rains come.
- God, strengthen me in my heartache and pain and show Yourself as strong and faithful.
- Jesus, I trust You. I don’t understand, but I trust You. Give me strength to endure and obey.