We hear a lot about the patience of Job. What about his faith in God? Surely, you can say Job had been very patient with the constant poking of his friends instating that he had to be hiding a big sin in his life as to the reason everything has happened. Yet with all that each answer that Job gave showed his faith in God.
Job, by offering sacrifices not just for himself but his family too, show that he had faith that God would remove their sin through the sacrifice. Not just in his actions but his words backed up this faith in God, "For now You number my steps, But do not watch over my sin. My transgression is sealed up in a bag, And You cover my iniquity." (Job 14:16-17 NKJV)
Job trust in God that his judgment is fair. Knowing that God is outside of human time and above all. "“Can anyone teach God knowledge, Since He judges those on high?"(Job 21:22 NKJV). You can't tell God something that He already knows. There isn't a thing that goes on the He doesn't know about Thus making Him the only one that can judge
Job has faith that when all is done he will come out of it better off for going through it. "But He knows the way that I take; When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold. "(Job 23:10 NKJV). Paul knew the Old Testament inside out, perhaps besides personal experience Job had a part in him writing, "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. "(Romans 8:28 NKJV).
It is interesting that Job's faith was never in question. It was only his righteousness that was and he strongly defended it. Job's life was an example of Hebrews 10:38a; "The just shall live by faith." As we go through trials let's hold on to the the points of faith that Job did:
- Our sins are covered by the sacrificial work of Jesus on the cross.
- God is above all and knows what is going on.
- We will be better when it is over.