In part 1 of “How To Make It” we looked at how Job was able to make it through his trial because he had the right relationship. According to Job 1:21, his relationship was with the Lord, and having the right relationship with the Lord allowed Job to realize some things about the Lord that helped him during this difficult season in his life. Job realized that “the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away.” (Job 1:21) Job’s relationship with God led him to the realization that it was God who had given him everything that he had. God had given him his finances, his family, his friends, and his flesh. Everything that Job ever had came from the hand of God, and everything he would ever have would come from the hand of God. Job realized that the things he had didn’t belong to him, they belonged to God. He knew that if God decided to take those things away, it must be in Job’s best interest and in God’s perfect will. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28) While accepting and embracing his loss wasn’t easy, Job’s relationship with God, and his realizations about God’s goodness and provision, made it possible. If you are ever going to make it through difficult times in your life, you will have to have the right relationship, because only a right relationship with God will lead you to the realization that He is in control.
Finally, Job’s relationship with God, and his realizations about God, led him to having the right response despite the devastation he was facing.
Everyone responds to crisis in their lives in different ways. I have met some people who sit and cry, some who laugh, some who are silent, some who show no emotion at all, and some who scream. But Job’s response was different. “Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped. And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.” (Job 1:20-22) Do you know why Job was able to say “Blessed be the name of the Lord” despite losing everything he had? Do you know why Job’s response, despite all the grief he was facing, was to fall down and worship God? It is because long before this trial ever hit Job’s life, he had pursued the right relationship with God. It was because his relationship with God allowed him to realize during this trial that God was in control.
Our storms will do one of two things to us, they’ll make us better Christians or bitter Christians. When we have the right relationship, and we realize the God is the one who gives and takes away, it will help us to respond to our problems the right way. May we learn to worship in our storms. If we will simply realize that God is our “present help in trouble” we can still find a reason to lift our unworthy hands to heaven and worship.