Do you really, truly, definitely trust me?

So what did Job do so wrong exactly, that warranted God letting Satan loose on him?

Absolutely nothing: “There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright,” God told Satan in Job 1:8. Ah, but, Satan replies, will Job still trust you if his life is turned upside down?

God could have replied, “So what, Satan? What does it matter if Job trusts me, or not? The question surely is, can I trust him? And yes I can. Job is utterly trustworthy, and I’ve blessed him for it, end of story.”

That was Job’s thinking too. The focus of his life was very much about proving himself to be trustworthy, and God trusting him. That’s why he hung on and never sinned no matter what happened to him. But Satan figured he could make Job sin by turning things around and getting Job to wonder if God could be trusted. And God let it happen too, because for Job’s sake he needed to go through this process of wondering if God could be trusted, or not.

And it worked. Job was able to say to God eventually in Job 42:2, “I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted.” This was the insight Job was lacking, that everything was possible for God. Nothing was beyond him. There was nothing so impossible going on in Job’s life that God couldn’t handle. Nothing could spoil God’s purpose for him. Nothing from this point on, then, would shake Job’s trust in God or make him sin. God had actually brought Job to the point where he could ask Job, “Do you really, truly and definitely trust me?” and Job could answer honestly, “Yes.”

It worked in Mark 9 too. Suddenly, things didn’t go quite as expected then either, when a Dad asked Jesus’ disciples to heal his demon-possessed son and the disciples couldn’t do it. And God let that happen too, to show the Dad exactly what he’d shown Job, that “Everything is possible for him who believes,” verse 23.

God was bringing the Dad to the same point he brought Job, of knowing “you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted.” And the Dad realized that was what he was lacking, just like Job, because he begged Jesus, “help me overcome my unbelief,” verse 24. Help my silly brain to realize it’s just not possible for anything in my life, or my son’s life, to be outside your control or amazing plan for us.

And if that’s our prayer too, Jesus promises to answer it for us, verse 29.


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