Jan 27, 2023
Picture what it would look like to lose everything in one fell swoop. Your house burns to the ground. The stock market plummets and all your money is gone. Worst of all, your children fall ill and die. Suddenly, you’ve lost not only your material possessions, but your family, too.
When people refer to someone as having “the patience of Job,” they say that for a reason.
Job was a man of immense wealth, the richest man in the region, and was the father of 7 sons and 3 daughters he loved dearly. He was also a faithful servant of the Lord, and grateful for every blessing.
In a terrible turn of events, Job lost his fortune in a single day. His crops, property, livestock, and servants were gone. Most devastating of all, Job lost his children. But Job didn’t blame God. He accepted that God had a plan for him, and was patient as he waited for the Lord to reveal that plan. He knew that sometimes bad things happen, and he continued to praise the Lord in the midst of trial.
Exodus 14:14 says, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
Job lost everything, but he didn’t take matters into his own hands to seek justice for what he had lost. He fell to his knees and worshiped the Lord, and then he was still. In the quiet of his soul, Job knew God had a plan, and in the end, God restored to Job twice as much as he had in the beginning.
A godly man is patient.
Lord, waiting is so hard to do. Waiting for an answer. Waiting for resolution. Waiting for things to get better. God restore peace and patience as we grow in faith, and learn to wait on you. We trust you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.