Have you ever been in a situation where you are discussing your beliefs that you know to be true yet no one believes you? And what if they respond with ridicule and disdain? It's a situation that many Christians have experienced and it can be very frustrating. If we don't reinforce our belief through faith with prayer, word and fellowship we can even find yourself doubting it ourselves. But we must always remember, if we truly believe in Him, we must never forsake Him and always keep our faith alive. Faith which leads to and sustains our belief in Him ultimately is the source of life forever when this life is done.
Consider the plight of poor Job, a man who was blessed with a wonderful family, a fine home and riches most could never attain. Then, suddenly, it is all gone. His children are killed and his property and riches are plundered, stolen and destroyed. The only thing he has left is his wife and as she watches his plight worsen with failing health, she tells him his faith is for naught and that he should just curse God and die.
Now Job is angry with God due to his pain and suffering and he wants to know what he has done to deserve this. But he never turns his back on God by cursing Him because he knows that He, the Creator, is the Father of us all. Job falters and weakens, but he still holds on to the basic reality that is his faith.
Three friends come to visit him from far away, Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar and they are shocked to see this formerly great man in poverty and pain. They sit with him silently for a week, then they begin a series of discourses with him where they say he has obviously failed God seriously, otherwise this could not happen. Rather than give him comfort, they cause him even more grief for they do not know that sometimes suffering happens to good people, not just bad and it can build strength and character. After all, many years later that's what happened to the Lord Jesus Christ who suffered so terribly up until His death for all of our sins.
So remember when you feel alone and ridiculed because of your belief in Him, do not falter and do not be fearful. He is always with you and whatever sacrifice you have to give for Him will be worth it. And that's what happened to Job; God returned his prosperity and he would live on, wiser for the experience and stronger in his faith.
Sometimes the Lord does work in mysterious ways. We may not know why when it happens, but if we trust in Him our lot will be cast for a future more grand than we can ever imagine.
Have a blessed Sunday.