I Will Not Be Shaken (Job 1-5)

At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart.  The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” (Job 1:20-21)

One of the marks of a person of great faith is that he or she trusts the Lord regardless of the present circumstances.  If one has a proper understanding of God’s overruling of all things, then the situations of everyday life take on new meaning.  To assume that one’s present circumstances are unfair is to also assume that he or she deserves something better.

The meek person believes that any good gift he or she receives from the Lord is undeserved in the first place.

It’s only when we somehow think that we’re deserving of something better that we become angry at God, who should have given us what we think we deserve.  The whole point of the Gospel, though, is that we don’t deserve anything but death.  However, God, in His great mercy and love, reached down and offered us life.

Job knew that His heavenly Father was in control of his circumstances, and he willingly submitted himself in trust.  Notice the words in verse 23: In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.  Job understood that God is not the author of evil but that He desires the best for those whom He loves; sometimes the best requires walking through difficult times.

Lord, help me to trust you regardless of the circumstances in which I find myself.  Help me to remember that You are in control, and help me to trust that You have only my best in mind.

About Seth

Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.


  1. Donna Huffmaster says:

    Sometimes, at least for me the most difficult thing to remember is that “my” plan is more often than not “His” plan. Job’s plight is the ultimate example of trusting that God is in control and knows exactly what He’s doing and why – for me – being flawed- my instinct is to try to point out to God that I have a better idea – for the record that has NEVER worked out well for me. In truth God had total and absolute faith in Job’s commitment – never questioning it – the very thing He desires of us – absolute total trust and commitment -thanks for the reminder!

    • Donna, I know exactly what you mean! I find myself trying to change uncomfortable situations so that they’re more palatable – that doesn’t work so well. I think when we try to do that we also miss out on what God is trying to work in us during the difficulty. Thank so much for your comments!

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