There’s this guy in the Bible named Job. He was a blameless man who feared God, so satan went to God one day, and said, “he only fears You because You’ve given him everything he could ever want. Take away his land and possessions, and he will curse You.” So God gave satan permission to take Job’s land and possessions (but satan could do nothing to Job himself), knowing that Job would not curse Him. This went on and on, and Job lost his children, land, possessions, money, and wife, but still did not curse God. So satan said, “of course Job wouldn’t curse You. You wouldn’t let me touch him.” So God told satan that Job was in his hand, but he had to spare his life, knowing that Job would still not curse Him. Satan covered Jobs body in sores from head to toe, but he still didn’t curse God. In the end of the story, everything and more was restored to Job.
I’ve been able to relate to Job a lot in my life. Right now, I feel like I am Job.
I don’t mind feeling like Job. I’m encouraged by one of my favorite Bible verses:
James 1:2-4 “2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
I usually consider it an honor to know that God thinks so highly of me that He would allow certain things to happen to me. I consider it an honor that He would entrust me with this testimony.
But a few weeks ago, I was really getting down on feeling like Job, and I just cried out to the Lord in my kitchen.
“God, you gave everything back to Job. When? When will everything be restored to me?”
The Bible doesn’t say how long it took for Job to lose everything. Maybe it all happened in a year, or maybe it happened over the course of 25 years. It also doesn’t say how long it took for everything to be restored. Maybe it happened in a week, or maybe it took 30 years, but as I thought about the timeline, I realized I didn’t want that to be my heart.
I didn’t want my heart to say, “when will You restore everything to me?” I wanted my heart to say, “God, I will remain faithful and wait, however long that may be. I will still trust You, even if nothing is restored to me on earth.”
And that’s enough.
Knowing that God keeps His promises, and He will restore everything to me either on earth or in heaven is enough.