Sunday, March 30, 2008

Job Was More Than Patient

We often use the phrase, "the patience of Job" to refer to someone that endures through a trial. Yes, he is patient. He is patient with his three friends, though I think at times he is about to lose his patience with them and frankly, I would have.

I've been reading the book of Job and I am noticing that Job displays something much more than patience. He displays an utter faith and trust in the justice and mercy of God; in God's complete sovereignty. In the midst of sitting in his ash heap, covered in boils and listening to his less than comforting friends he says these things,

"In His hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind." ~Job 12:10

"To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are His." ~ Job 12:13

"Though He slay me, yet will I hope in Him;" ~Job 13:15

"Man's days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed." ~Job 14:5

As I continue to walk the path of trial in my life, God is showing me that He is in complete control. He is busy burning off the dross in my life, leading me to the place where I can say with utter conviction, "Though He slay me, yet will I hope in Him."


Linda said...

Ever since I was a little girl, 13:15 has moved me so much. What a statement--what a man--no wonder Satan wanted to bring him down.

Shawna said...

Boy, I don't ever want to be like Job's friends!

Great thoughts Cyndy.

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