One of the Greatest Statements of Faith in All of Scripture

Satan is anything but inept at his work. He does not attack Job in stages allowing Job time to recover after each attack. Instantaneously, Satan destroyed all that Job and his wife possessed. Their pain was excruciating; their loss, unimaginable. Yet Job responds with one of the greatest statements of faith in all of Scripture:

  • “‘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 1:21).'”

Job recognizes that God gave him everything and that He was the source of all his blessing. He came into this world with nothing, and he would leave this world with nothing. Anything acquired during his life was by God’s blessing alone. Certainly, he was in great agony yet he acknowledged God’s goodness even in tragedy. Job’s thankfulness characterized his trust and reliance upon the Lord.

Later Job will gives us another gem of faith in response to his wife’s lapse of faith:

  • “Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble (Job 2:10)?”

Job’s faith was not a fair weathered faith. He relied on God in good times and in bad times. His was a faith that endures to the end.

May God grant to each of us a faith like this that accepts what God wills as what is best. When He wills sickness, sickness is better than health When He wills weakness, weakness is better than strength. When He wills reproach, reproach is better than honor. When He wills poverty, poverty is better than wealth. When He wills persecution, persecution is better than peace. When He wills valleys, valleys are better than mountaintops. When He wills death, death is better than life. Do we struggle to believe and accept this? We must pray.

2 thoughts on “One of the Greatest Statements of Faith in All of Scripture

  1. My favorite resource on this issue:

    Heidelberg Catechism, Lords Day 1
    Q.1: What is your only comfort in life and in death?
    A.1: That I, with body and soul, both in life and in death,am not my own,but belong to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ, who with His precious blood has fully satisfied for all my sins, and redeemed me from all the power of the devil; and so preserves me that without the will of my Father in heaven not a hair can fall from my head; indeed, that all things must work together for my salvation. Wherefore, by His Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me heartily willing and ready from now on to live unto Him.

    Heidelberg Catechism, Lords Day 10
    Q27: What do you understand by the providence of God?
    A27: The almighty, everywhere present power of God, whereby, as it were by His hand, He still upholds heaven and earth with all creatures, and so governs them that herbs and grass, rain and drought, fruitful and barren years, meat and drink, health and sickness, riches and poverty, indeed, all things come not by chance, but by His fatherly hand.

    Q28: What does it profit us to know that God created and by His providence upholds all things?
    A28: That we may be patient in adversity, thankful in prosperity, and for what is future have good confidence in our faithful God and Father, that no creature shall separate us from His love, since all creatures are so in His hand, that without His will they cannot so much as move.

  2. Thank you for sharing this Jack. I have actually been thinking quite a bit about questions 27 and 28 lately because I have reached Genesis 37,the locus classicus for providence, in my Genesis series on Sunday evenings. In my studies I also came across this statement from George Bush on providence: “that overruling Power which is ‘wonderful in counsel and mighty in operation’–which controls the free and voluntary action of intelligent creatures, even when prompted by a spirit of malevolence and rebellion, so as to render them subservient to the accomplishment of those very plans which they are intent upon defeating, while the guilt of the agents remains resting upon them in all its unabated aggravations.”

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