Tuesday, January 4, 2011 | By: janet

In Other Words Tuesday


“Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God
whose ways you may not understand at the time.”

~ by Oswald Chambers ~

I have always been intrigued by the scriptures found in Job. Clearly Job was a man in pursuit of God. Yet the details of Job’s wife are a bit sketchy. We know she was quite, “open” shall we say, about slandering God during a time of heavy and intense trials and testing.
 
I think sometimes we fail to acknowledge that she too was in the thick of it all. She too was watching everything around her crumble apart. She too lost her children, her livestock, her friends and social status. But most of all she seemed to be on the cusp of losing her husband.

Of course she was bitter. Hurt. Angered. Despaired. Lonely. Confused.

I wonder what her relationship with God was like. Did she pursue Him? Did she pray, never ceasing? Did she believe that each day of trial brought her a day closer to peace and rest? Did she ever still herself in His presence?

I wonder if we truly sought after Him, not the blessings, not the answered prayers, not the fleeting feel good moments of church, etc. then how much greater our faith would be. Maybe that’s where our faith really lies… in the foundations of knowing the character of God.

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5 comments:

Karen said...

I did a story once on Noah's wife and how she must have felt about everything. I never thought of Job's wife, that was really good as it gives us something to think about.

Miriam Pauline said...

Ah, yes...pursuing him instead of the blessings and then we can watch our faith grow. Something to remember.

Tami Boesiger said...

I wonder if we truly sought after Him, not the blessings, not the answered prayers, not the fleeting feel good moments of church, etc. then how much greater our faith would be.

Ouch. That hits a little too close to home. Do I do that? Do I seek Him for His blessings and not just for Him? Thanks (I think--now I have to consider it!) for posing such an important question.

Marsha Young said...

Good post - very thoughtful. It is always good to be challenged to consider whether we are more interested in the "gift" or in the Giver. God Bless You - Marsha Young at Spots and Wrinkles

Amydeanne said...

Thanks for the comment the other day on my blog! Hope all is going well in your end of the world! I bet that baby is getting big!! (or not much of a baby anymore? they grow too fast!)