If you’re experiencing a trial right now or you’ve been through one, then you’ll know the feeling you had when you were in the thick of it, literally. It’s that time when the grief hits the hardest, or the pressure of things around you feel like they’re caving in. The first person that comes to my mind with his reaction when things were the hardest is Job.

The job we know was an upright and blameless man. He was a man who sacrificed for his own children just in case they had sinned. He was someone that God knew feared Him and turned away from evil. Satan put Job to the test and took away his family, his servants, and his livestock and even afflicted him physically as well.

We can look at the character of Job and learn how he is trying to help us trust God in our trials.

“Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped”…Job 1:20

Job chose to worship God. He could have done anything else in his grief, but he chose to worship. Do we remember to run to the Father and worship to gain comfort when our trials hit the hardest?

“Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.”…Job 1:22

The first thing I hear from people when they face trials is, “Why did God do this, or why did God take them from me?” As hard as it is to hear sometimes, the truth is that God gave us free will to make our own choices, the weather is not controlled by God, and diseases will happen to our earthly bodies.

We need to remember that God thought highly of his servant Job. He was blameless and upright, and there were none like him in all the earth. So, no matter what comes about in your life, seek God before falling into sin when things get tough. Surround yourself with Christians that will help build you up and keep you focused. It’s hard too not to ask the question “why?”, but I want to encourage you to stay away from asking it because you may be like Job and never get the answer to why these things have happened. Stay strong and keep the faith.

Heather Jones
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Heather Jones, is a 2019 Graduate of Bear Valley Bible Institute with a Bachelors of Biblical Studies. Her and her husband and family live in Vance, Al where her husband, Matt Jones is the pulpit minister at the Mercedes Drive church of Christ. Heather has a book, Good Grief through Kaio publications. Her hobbies include photography, drinking coffee and hand embroidery.