by Rev Jason Phua
Bible Readings: Job 23:1-27:23; Psalm 21:1-13
READ (Verses chosen for meditation)
Job 27:6 “I hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go; my heart does not reproach me for any of my days.”
The things that Job went through were extraordinary. His servants and children were killed, his finances reduced to near bankruptcy and he was struck with loathsome sores on his body. Perhaps no other mortal man on earth had went through similar tragedies, at least not in the records of the Bible; not in the records of history. Yet, Job was able to speak of holding fast to righteousness so that his heart will not be brought into reproach.
Indeed, much as the book of Job is often referred to as a book about “suffering”; it speaks more into the question: “Even if God should allow us to suffer even through no fault of our own, will we still worship Him?” Job knew that he was innocent of the wrath that was brought to him and yet he worshipped the One who allowed it. Why? Because Job knew who God is and he worshipped God as who He is; and not who he wanted God to be.
Quite often, the extent of our worship is dependent on our knowledge of who God is as well as the depth of our journey with Him. If we keep thinking that God is One who only give us “good things” and keep us from all kinds of suffering; then when tragedy struck, we might stop worshipping Him quite quickly. However, if our idea of God is that He knows best, and that He is sovereign, and even through our suffering He can accomplish His purposes; then how we respond to suffering maybe very different. We can then suffer in the flesh, but rejoice in the Spirit because we trust of the heart of the Father. We can be struck but not dead because we know that someday, we will be vindicated. There is always hope because Christ has already won. So will we still worship God even if we should suffer as innocent victims of evil? That will be the question each of us must respond to in the light of Job’s example to have trust and awe in God no matter the circumstances.
Lord my God, help me to learn from Job, even if just a speck of his faith to trust in you no matter what happens. Help me to rejoice in You even through times of suffering for the sake of Christ. Amen.