Reading through Job 19, we get a glimpse of the hardship Job went through. The chapter details just how difficult life was for him at that time. People around him had nothing good nor helpful to say. He met no comfort. Instead, all he kept hearing were tormenting and crushing words that sank his spirits even deeper. People were condemning him; suspicious that he was in great sin because of the great trials and sufferings he was going through. People thought themselves better than him and looked on him with contempt without any effort to hide what they felt.
In prayers, Job cried for help and for justice, but God didnâ€™t seem to answer. He felt God had closed all doors and left him in the dark. He was stripped of decency. His friends and relatives forsook him. His workers wouldnâ€™t beckon to his call. Even his very wife was repulsed with him. To top it off, his body was wearing out because of a disease.
In all these, he decides to still set his mind on God. He says, â€œI know that my Redeemer lives and that in the end, he will stand on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh, I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyesâ€“I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!
Now we must remember that Job was a real person. He was just like us. He wasnâ€™t perfect. He wasnâ€™t supernaturally endowed with resolve or spirituality. He was like us in every way and the book of Job shows how human Job was like we are. The account of Job is to be thanked because it shows us that the child of God can weather the storms and setbacks of life. You and I can respond right even when things are going so wrong. Through the life of Job, we can find encouragement to stay the path even when the flesh wants what Jobâ€™s wife wanted in chapter 2 verse 9, â€œto curse God and just die.”
When the wind is against us and when we canâ€™t make sense of what to do, Scripture points us to how we can respond right.
1. When life is troublesome, keep trusting.
Even impending death should not be a cause for a Christian to forsake God. Job 13:15 says, â€œThough He slays me, yet will I trust Him”.
2. When life is bad, keep loving God.
We may not understand the situation but God has proven Himself over and again that He is good. Think of Romans 8:28, â€œAnd we know that all things work together for good to them that love God.”
3. When nights are sleepless, keep staying your mind on God.
Isaiah 26:3 says, â€œYou will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You because he trusts in You.” Philippians 4:7 says, â€œThen you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Thereâ€™s one blessing the child of God can enjoy, to have peace even when everything is in chaos. This cannot be achieved by human methods, not by yoga, not by any potion. But when youâ€™re at your wit’s end, when your back is against the wall and you have nowhere to go, the Spirit of God in you comes to calm you and bring you to stillness. In perfect release, surrender, and trust, you find God. You find peace.