Today’s Promise is Job 1:20-22 NKJV:
“Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. And he said:
‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
And naked shall I return there.
The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away;
Blessed be the name of the Lord.’
In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.”
Despite all Job’s family, friends, and belongings, he was a man alone on the earth. He had ten children, who loved to party, but never invited him. His wife and friends didn’t understand him. Job did not fit in on earth. His love for God was so great that he shunned all the things the world called “good” and committed himself to pleasing God. The people around him probably mocked him for of this. But their rejection didn’t stop Job from interceding for them. I can relate to Job. Can you?
God loved Job for his dedication, but Satan couldn’t stand the fact that Job was the one person on earth he hadn’t been able to corrupt. When Satan went to accuse God of interference, God knew what he wanted. Did He tell Satan to leave Job alone? No. He invited him to test His faithful servant. From a worldly perspective, that doesn’t sound like a loving God. But, as I’ve pointed out, Job was not a worldly man. Even when Job had lost everything and didn’t understand why, he blessed the name of the Lord. That is faith. And that was before God sent the Holy Spirit to strengthen and comfort us. When we set our hearts on God, we can be sure that Satan will set his heart against us. But, as with Job, he must go through God to get to us. It is for that reason that we can trust in God to give us the faith that endures all suffering. And the rewards that await us on the other side.
Heavenly Father, grant me the faith, in Jesus’ name, to sing your praises in the midst of the storm. Though all may abandon me, though my body is racked with pain and sickness, though I never find a place of belonging in this world, let me never forget, that I have a place at Your banquet table, forever dwelling in Your glory. Amen.
Have a victorious day in the Lord!