Thursday, May 29, 2014

Enduring Faith

Have you ever felt like the thing you don’t want to do is the thing God is drawing you to? For me, that was the Book of Job.

Years ago when I first started to read Job, I didn’t get very far. To be specific, I didn’t get past the beginning when God tells Satan he can test Job. I didn’t like that part. At all. So, I stopped reading.

And then over the years, there were times I felt drawn to Job. I underlined a verse or two, read a chapter here and there…and I started to see Job’s enduring faith in the midst of the unrelenting storm.

I saw his strength and faithfulness to God when his wife urged Job to curse God for all that was happening to him. Job refused. 
His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!” 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 2:9-10 NIV
Not only was Job losing everything, but Satan was wearing him down, using his own wife to convince him to blame God.

I often wonder if I could stand up under the pressure like Job did.

Sometimes we get the opportunity to find out…

This past year has tested me in various ways. Exhausting I-can’t-do-this-anymore ways. And sometimes I want to tell God I quit. I quit trying to keep up with everything in life. I quit trying to love others when that’s the last thing I feel at the time. I quit trying to stay faithful to Him. 

But when God leads us somewhere, it’s for a reason. One night I realized why, despite my protests and digging in my heels, He led me to Job.

Because I was being worn down…to the point of thinking that if I quit being faithful to God, the enemy would let up.

But God intervened, as He often does. At the moment I was thinking of quitting, I remembered Job and how he was tested—and how he didn’t quit.

I imagine Job felt frustrated and angry, maybe worn-out tired. He complained, he cried out to God, and he questioned his suffering.

And then God showed up. Not to condemn Job, but to remind him of His omnipotence.

Job learned that suffering is indeed a part of life…but God was there with him.

Just like He was there with me that night.

Life is hard. But God is with us through the good days—and the bad—giving us strength when we have none…cheering us on when we’re worn down and the enemy is prowling…refining us for His purpose.

Through it all, Job endured. So will I. And so will you.

In Christ,

[This post can also be read in its entirety at Gloria Dei / Stock photo: Worship at Sunset] 


  1. What a beautiful and timely reminder for me. This year has been the hardest of my life and it isn't over yet. I think I want to dig into the book of Job now! Thanks for sharing!

  2. My mama's favorite book in the Bible was Job...maybe it made her not so easy life appear not so bad in comparison!

  3. Such wonderful encouragement here, Laura. It's a book I haven't read yet and I think you've encouraged me dive in. My goal of reading through the Bible this year has become more a goal of getting through the Old Testament. I'm giving myself grace for being significantly behind. :) Visiting from Sharita's today. Blessings.

  4. Right on, sister. I am reading through Job as we speak and while I used to feel like you did about Job, now it is ministering to my deepest heart places. Such faithfulness. Thanks for sharing this important reminder over at #EverdayJesus. Blessings to you girl!


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