This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Daniel Grant
Job was a man of integrity. He feared God, loved his family, carefully watched over his friends and community. He prospered exceedingly, abundantly, and that in itself was a GREAT test. Job never once put his trust in his flocks, his family, his standing in the community, his abundant wealth, or any of these things. Job’s one desire was to honor God above all, and it showed – everyone noticed Job.
Enter Satan. Satan detests Job’s faith and trust in God and will do anything to disrupt, destroy and steal that away from him. Satan asks for the authority to take away everything that Job has, his vast wealth, his flocks, his sons and daughters, and his relationships. God (who knows the end from the beginning) allows the tempter to take this from Job, and in the midst of the suffering, the pain, the anguish and the loss, Job chooses to worship God. Job 30:16 “Now my life is poured out before me and days of suffering have seized me.” Why did God allow such anguish and great suffering to take hold of Job?
Further on in chapter 30 Job says, “But when I hoped for good, evil came; when I looked for light, darkness came. I am churning within and cannot rest. Days of suffering confront me.” When we suffer and hurt we need to stretch out our hand to God, the God of all comfort. We must say, “I trust that even though it doesn’t make sense now, I am choosing to put my trust in the God who knows the end from the beginning. I trust Jesus. He won’t leave me or forsake me”. Hold on to Him with all that you are, don’t cease to worship and wait for the deliverance of the Lord!