Trusting God When We Don’t Understand

"Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!"
Job 2:9 (NKJV)
Job’s story is a heartbreaking one for sure.  He experienced severe tragedy as his flocks and herds were stolen and his children died unexpectedly.  All of this happened the same day.  Many people at the time thought that bad things happened only to people who were in sin or disobedient to God.  Job’s wife, who was obviously and understandably overcome with grief, didn’t understand how Job wasn’t angry with God as they faced such hardship.  You see, it’s easy for us to get angry with God when we don’t understand what’s happening behind the scenes.  Satan will do anything within his power to break our integrity.
Look at these words from a believer named William Gurnall who lived in the 1600’s as he reflects on the spiritual warfare of Job’s situation:
”Satan will try to draw you off your steadfast course to heaven in still another way - by the presence of circumstances you don’t understand. With them Satan argues against God’s love, and for your soul. First (by God’s permission) he pillaged Job’s earthly possessions, and then fell to work on his spiritual estate. He used every circumstance and everybody at his disposal. He had Job’s wife blame God; he had Job’s friends condemn the man himself. Satan convinced them all - except Job - that an afflicted condition and state of grace could not live together in the same house.”
How about you?  What would it take for you to give up your integrity?  Satan will do anything and everything to try and get you to compromise. 
But Job had something solid to stand on as he faced this difficulty he didn’t understand.  He knew God intimately and he would not sacrifice his loyalty to Him.  May we have such a steadfast spirit when we face situations that are hurtful and confusing because we know that our God is mighty and understands everything we don’t.  Through it all He’s going to be with us and is going to accomplish His purposes.
Trust Him, even when you don’t understand.  In the end, you’ll be glad you did.

Anchored in Christ,
Aaron R. Force
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