Today’s Scripture: And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD. JobĀ 1:12

Job was a righteous man of God who went through more stress than anyone in the Bible except the Lord Jesus Christ. Not only did he lose his great wealth, his children also died. When his money was gone, his health broke down. His wife did not comfort him. His self-righteous friends caused him grief. Job went from total comfort to total calamity in a matter of days.

How did Job deal with these pressures? He was honest about the situations he faced. He didn’t say, “I love it that my children died, and I have this pus running down my back from these boils. They feel so good!” He wasn’t afraid to cry out in distress before the Lord.

I try to be honest with how I am doing in the ministry. Many times before I preached, I told the people what was going on in my life and asked them to pray for me. There is nothing wrong with being honest if you do the next thing Job did. He looked to God. He still knew that God was in charge. Since he couldn’t change his circumstances, he rested in God’s omniscient power. His statement in Job 13:15 says it all, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.”

Be honest with God, and seek His face. He is there. He will never leave you. You have His promise.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder