Three friends are faced with a problem, each specific to their own circumstance. One friend has an 11-year-old daughter who needs a transplant. Another friend is battling for custody of their only child but has no money to hire a good lawyer. Which leaves us with the last friend: a single mom with four kids who is about to lose her home if she doesn’t make payments on time.
In their mind, their only solution is to rob a grocery store where one of the friends works. Their reasoning is: it will solve all my problems.
What do we do when we come across a problem?
We narrow out every possible solution, list the pros and cons, and then take a risk because we think our way is the easy, get-out-of-jail-free card. But life isn’t like Monopoly.
We can’t just roll the dice, pick up a card, and let that be our destiny.
Let me tell you about a man named Job.
He had everything. He had seven sons and three daughters. He had thousands of sheep, camels, and oxen, and a great household.
His greatest treasure was his relationship with Christ. He was upright and feared God.
Then, one day, everything he loved and cared about was taken away from him. His animals, his children, and his great household. One problem and heartbreak stirring after another.
And what did he do?
What did he say?
When everyone else told him to curse God and walk away, he said:
…the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly. | Job 1:21-22
He did not sin.
He did not curse God.
He trusted that this was
part of God’s wondrous plans.
Now, I bet you’re thinking, robbing that grocery store looks really appealing right about now. But let me tell you that when worldly problems break us down, our God will always bring in abundance more than we could imagine.
Every time Job’s friends pleaded with him to give up on God and curse him, Job pleaded with them more to believe, have faith, trust the Almighty who gives strength to overcome.
One of the things Satan never understood about Job was his motive. Satan thought Job only served God because it was advantageous for him. He was convinced that if God removed blessings and protection, Job would curse and hate Him. But that was not true. Job loved God and served Him out of sincere devotion.
He trusted God even when he felt abandoned.
This lesson of steadfast trust is one of the most important aspects of character we can gain from any trial. God knows our struggles and there is no limit at what he can do. He is in charge.
Friends, I want to encourage you
to be steadfast in your faith—
especially when hard times come.
It will be tempting to flee towards a solution that will give temporary relief or happiness, but surrendering to God’s sovereignty will reap many blessings that will bring glory and honor to His name. Don’t let this world rob you of your trust in the one who loves you, who gave himself for you.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. | Romans 15:13