Faith Like Job

Trusting God When Everything Goes Wrong

Every now and then God does allows me to remember what it is to have faith. I don’t know about you, but I too easily find myself complaining about my life circumstances and wondering why God is allowing me to go through what I’m going through. Today was a great reminder of what real faith looks like.

I was leaving a parking lot when an old man approached my vehicle and signaled with his hand for me to stop.

“Excuse me, sir, is Manchester Street down the road here? I’m lost and I need to get downtown.”

Sensing the sincerity in this old man I offered him a ride. “So what’s your name I asked?”

“James,” he said. He then began to tell me how he’d been praying that God would send him someone to help him and how he’d gotten lost following someone’s directions as he had been walking from the other side of town. Pretty soon James began to unload everything on me. He told me about his divorce eight years ago, how he lost his family, his job, and how he’s spent the last few years homeless and trying to get back on his feet. He described how he’d been looking for work and is trying to better his life. And then he dropped a truth bomb on me.

“You know I have suffered a lot in my life, probably more than the average person although certainly not the most. I’ve lost everything. But the one thing I haven’t lost is my faith. I believe God takes care of me. I was praying earlier that God would send me angels to help me today, and the first person that I met that helped me today his name was Angel! Then I caught you just as you were coming out of a church and leaving and you offered me a ride. Most people today see someone like me and make a lot of assumptions. But the truth is, my life is very much like Job’s life, as in it has been a life of suffering, but I have confidence that God is looking out for me, so thank you for helping me today.”

I stood there amazed as we continued to talk and just hearing this man’s faith made me feel like I didn’t even know God. I know I do, but, man, did my faith seem small today compared to this man’s. I know that hard things will happen in this life; people I know and love will get sick and die. I hope that I can have the sort of faith that James displayed today. That no matter what circumstances come my way I can know that there is a God in heaven still working on my behalf. Still filling me with hope, a sense of purpose, and faith to believe that He’s going to make it all come together for good.

If you’ve never read the story of Job it is a wonderful account of how evil can befall a person and God’s glory ultimately being revealed in the end. Study that book, pray on it, and may we all trust God enough that no matter what comes our way, we can have the same faith Job displayed when he uttered these words in Job 13:15, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him.”

*Names in this story have been changed to protect the identity of individuals