The Silent Waiting Period
The Pain in Waiting – Part 4
Scripture Reading: Job 1:13-22 NLT
Key Verse: Job 1:22 NLT
In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God.
I was counseling with a man who had lost his job and was asking me to pray with him about a new opportunity. I shared with him that during this time of waiting God would be honored if He would give praise and worship to Him. I reminded this gentleman that if we only praise God when the answer finally comes, our faith doesn’t grow. It’s easy to praise God when the solutions to our problems show up, but how honoring it is to God to praise Him during the waiting period! This seemed to be a new concept to this gentleman and made me wonder if many Christ followers treat God like a form of Santa Clause?
God is worthy of our praise every day and every moment of every day, not just on the good days! The evil one was accusing Job of loving God because God had given Him all good days. Job was the wealthiest man on the earth at that time. Job had a wonderful family and life was good. Remember, the first verse of the book of Job reminds us that God felt that Job was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. This means that, in our human minds, there were no good reasons for Job to suffer. However, to prove that Job’s love for God was real, God allowed the evil one to test Job’s relationship to God.
When God allows the evil one to test your love for God, how do you do? Do you whine and complain and accuse God of being unfair? It’s certainly not easy, but our first response to problems needs to be worship—surrender to the plan and purposes of God in us! If we can demand of ourselves to praise God, even though life is really hurting us now, we honor God!
Father, life hurts but I trust your work in me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.