What God Expects From Us

Day 3 of 7 • This day’s reading

Devotional

Do Not Stop Trusting God


Despite his immense pain, disappointments, and complaints, Job refused to stop trusting God. Job refused to renounce, reject, or ignore God. Near the beginning of the book of Job, we read Job’s remarkable response:


Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. And he said, ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.’ In all this,


Job did not sin or charge God with wrong. (Job 1:20–22)


Much later, he exclaims:


I know that my Redeemer lives, and at last, he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh, I shall see God. (Job 19:25–26)


Suffering is always a test of faith for a believer. That was the reason Job suffered—to test his faith. Satan had said to God, “But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face” (Job 1:11).


It is the same for you and me. Will we trust God despite our suffering and pain? If you choose to trust God, how will that look? You will also refuse to renounce, reject, or ignore God. You will keep praying, even if your prayers are full of pain and questions. At least you’re talking. Moreover, you will not insist on answers. As it says in Proverbs 3:5–6, you can ask for them, but you probably won’t get them until heaven. 


Ultimately, what you need is faith, not answers, and trust, not understanding. Finally, you will cling to God, no matter how dark it gets. You will stand on the promises of God’s Word: that God is right there with you, He cares, and He is still good. God will have the final word, and it will be good.


Will you trust God in your time of suffering? I can only imagine that Job, throughout eternity, is so glad that he chose to trust his God. And so will you.