Persistent Faith Is Rooted In Trust
Trust was a hard lesson for me. I remember as a child hearing a message on trust. The benefits were great. Afterwards I asked the speaker how to trust the Lord. He patted me on my head and said, “Marilyn, you just trust the Lord.”
Years of many trials were my teachers. Psalm 119:71 says, “It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes.” Verse 92 says, “Unless Your law had been my delight, I would then have perished in my affliction.”
I want to zero in on Job. Do you remember when he bitterly regretted the day of his birth? Job 10:18 says, “Why then have You brought me out of the womb? Oh, that I had perished and no eye had seen me!”
It reminds me of Jeremiah’s visit to the potter. Jeremiah 18:4 says, “And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.”
Job was marred by his trial. Paul might have picked up on Jeremiah’s visit when he wrote Romans 9:20. It says, “But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, Why have you made me like this?”
When Job was frustrated with his three friends (miserable comforters), he made an emphatic statement. Job 19:23 says, “Oh, that my words were written! Oh, that they were inscribed in a book!” What insights would have been lost to us had God not recorded Job’s trial!
It was through Job’s trial that he learned to trust God in a new way.