How do we trust God?

The Covington News - - Religion - Dr. Wil­liam Burn­ham is a pas­tor at Point of Grace Church in Cov­ing­ton. He can be reached at burn­hamw@char­ter.net.

How do we trust God when a trial seems to swal­low us whole? Some turn to clichés: “Oh, it will all work out...” or, “Re­mem­ber God works all things to­gether for good.” But deep inside we feel like we are drown­ing. First, there are no easy an­swers or one verse quick fixes. Many have turned to Job to see how to deal with dif­fi­cul­ties and suf­fer­ing. But, as Philip Yance points out, “The point of Job is not suf­fer­ing, but faith.” How­ever, there is a les­son there: Some­one once said, “We are all faced with a se­ries of great op­por­tu­ni­ties, bril­liantly dis­guised as un­solved prob­lems.” Whether you’re in a Job sit­u­a­tion of loss: loss of job, mar­riage, money, good luck, con­trol...or you’re like the dis­ci­ples on a boat in the mid­dle of the sea and the storms are rag­ing out of con­trol. And you feel like scream­ing, “Where in the world is God right now?” Stop, and try to re­mem­ber it is in times like these when faith is at its hard­est to come by is when it is most needed. It was Job’s faith in God which si­lenced Satan and God re­warded Job’s faith­ful­ness. Sec­ond, fo­cus on what God has al­ready done in the past and hold tight to Him while He does even greater things in the present. “Shall we in­deed ac­cept good from God and not ac­cept ad­ver­sity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.” (Job 2:10) On the other side of this, af­ter you have en­dured, you will have grown stronger and deeper in your faith and re­la­tion­ship with the Lord and in your wit­ness to oth­ers. (Af­ter all, how many are still ref­er­enc­ing ol’ Job to­day?)

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