Day 218.

JOB 2:9-10 ESV
Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die.” But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.

After Job lost all he had, his wealth, his children, even his wealth, he maintained his faith in God. This was not what Satan expected. He expected Job to do what his wife suggests. Have you known someone that left the church or abandoned his faith because of personal tragedy, such as the loss of a child or a loved one? It is not hard to sympathize with such a person, because we can imagine the pain. But to abandon faith is to misunderstand God. God is worthy of our worship because of who He is and not only for the way He blesses us. Job knew this, and he trusted that God was good, despite the appearances. He didn’t understand the why of his loss, but he didn’t need to.

How did he do it? It seems to me that Job must have known God in relationship enough to trust him beyond appearances, even with his life when all seemed lost. We can imagine doing things against our inclination that makes no sense when directed by someone we trust. This is what Job did. He must have known God in this way.

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