Have you ever gone through a trial and questioned whether it was a result of some wrongdoing on your part?
There was such a man in the Bible. His name was Job. He went through one of the most trying situations I can think of. He lost everything in one day! His friends did the questioning and they figured Job had to have done something severely wrong to be dealt such a blow. They determined God was definitely “punishing” him for his wrongdoing. Their solution was for Job to do some serious repentance before it was too late.
In and of itself, it’s not a bad idea when facing a trial to search yourself to make sure there’s no secret sin in your heart. And I’m sure Job did just that. However, the Bible says Job was perfect and upright. Later on, as the story unfolds, we see that Job wasn’t being “punished” at all and that God had a greater plan for Job in his trial. His trial was rather one of “trying” or “testing”.
When we are going through a trial of “testing”, this is a common tactic the devil uses against us. He tries to get us to believe that our trial is a “punishment” for our wrongdoings. He condemns us and makes us feel like we are the worst person in the world. He scares us into thinking that God is seriously angry with us and that we’d better clean up our act or else! He scrutinizes every move we make to try and weaken our resolve. In turn, we can begin to internalize these negative assaults and start thinking it’s “us as a person” that God is displeased with. We may lose hope, confidence, or start to feel confused.
Along with this “tactic” comes the idea that God is sitting high on His throne looking down on us, ready to strike us with lightning, every time we make a mistake. Even though that sounds ridiculous, we buy in to this idea. We focus on God as the Judge; and that He is! But, we too easily misunderstand what that means. The enemy’s purpose in all this? To make God look bad. To get us to question God’s motives and turn our backs on Him.
Now, I’m not saying that God doesn’t correct us or that we don’t reap what we sow or that we should be careless and live in sin and not fear God. The Bible says Job definitely feared God. But, I am saying that in trials of “testing”, we need to reject the lie that we are being “punished” and strive to “come forth as gold” (Job 23:10) as Job did.
Why? Because, the enemy’s main objective is to refute God’s goodness. He wants us to see God in a negative light. He wants us to blame God for our circumstance. He wants us to reject God. So, he takes truth, twists it slightly, and tries to get us to believe it. For example, let’s look back to the Garden of Eden.
This is what God said:
“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” – Genesis 2:17
This is how the devil twisted it:
“And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:” – Genesis 3:4
He changed one word and it made all the difference in the world.
When going through a trial, we have to be able to discern the truth, so it can set us free (John 8:32). We have to” see through” the subtleties of the enemy. We can’t allow him to degrade God’s character in the midst of our adversity, thus diminishing His power in our lives.
This is exactly what the devil tried to do with Job! He used his friends to cast blame and He tried to get Job to turn his back on God. But Job stayed strong and as a result he did “come forth as gold” and received double the blessings!
If you are struggling with this, it’s okay. We all have questioned God’s goodness in the midst of a trial. But I pray the following scriptures bring a fresh perspective and are a strong reminder of how GOOD the God we serve truly is! Yes bad things happen, and I don’t have all the answers as to why, but I do know that through it all God is good. I was so encouraged as I read these scriptures. I hope they bring the same refreshment and encouragement to you.
God is a shield and lifts up our head – Psalms 3:3
God is a refuge – Psalms 9:9
God is a helper of the fatherless – Psalms 10:14
God’s words are pure – Psalms 12:6
God gives counsel – Psalms 16:7
God is a deliverer – Psalms 18:17, Psalms 34:19
God gives enlightenment to dark situations – Psalms 18:28
God’s way is perfect and He is a buckler (hedge about, shield, protector, defense) for those that trust Him – Psalms 18:30
God girds people with strength and makes their way perfect – Psalms 18:32
God teaches us how to fight – Psalms 18:34
God enlarges our steps so we won’t slip – Psalms 18:36
God avenges us – Psalms 18:47
God saves His anointed – Psalms 20:6
God is a hiding place – Psalms 32:7
God’s counsel is solid and stands forever – Psalms 33:11
GOD IS GOOD! – Psalms 34:8
God is night to the broken-hearted – Psalms 34:7
If we delight in God, He will give us the desires of our heart – Psalms 37:4
If we commit our way to God, and trust Him, He will bring it to pass – Psalms 37:5
God hears our cry and acts upon it – Psalms 40:14
God thinks about us a lot – Psalms 40:5
God is our refuge, strength, and help in times of trouble – Psalms 46:1
He is God – Psalms 46:10
God is our helper – Psalms 54:4
God sustains us and helps us not to be moved – Psalms 55:22
GOD IS FOR US! – Psalms 56:9
God is a father to the fatherless – Psalms 68:5
God daily loads us with benefits – Psalms 68:19
God won’t withhold any good thing from those that walk uprightly – Psalms 84:11
God is our defense – Psalms 89:18
God gives his angels charge over us to keep us in all our ways – Psalms 91:11
GOD MADE US! – Psalms 100:3
God’s mercy is everlasting and His truth endures to all generations – Psalms 100:5
God forgives our iniquities, heals our diseases, and redeems our life from destruction – Psalms 103:3-4
God is merciful, gracious, slow to anger, and has plenty of mercy – Psalms 103:8, Psalms 145:8
God remembers that we are dust – Psalms 103:14
GOD SATISFIES! – Psalms 107:9
God’s Word is forever settled in heaven – Psalms 119:89
GOD IS FAITHFUL! – Psalms 119:90
God’s Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path – Psalms 119:105
GOD IS GREAT! – Psalms 145:3
God is good to all – Psalms 145:9
God upholds all that fall and raises up all those that are bowed down – Psalms 145:14
God is nigh unto them that call upon Him – Psalms 145:18
God open the eyes of the blind, He raises them that are bowed down, and He loves the righteous – Psalms 146:8
God heals the broken in heart and binds up their wounds – Psalms 147:3
God’s understanding is infinite – Psalms 147:5
God takes pleasure in those who fear Him and hope in His mercy – Psalms 147:11
This is just one book of the Bible! When you start to explore the rest of God’s Word, you will see who God really is! I can’t even begin to understand His goodness! I really can’t comprehend it! But I am so thankful that I have a God that will see me through my trials and wants good things for my life!