THE SERVANT GENERAL
LESSONS OF JOB
TRUSTING GOD THE ALMIGHTY
December 10, 2009
theme this year is trust in Jesus. Why do we trust in Jesus?
Well, simply put, because he is trustworthy. “The Lord
is trustworthy in every word, and faithful in every work.”
(Ps 145:13b). In other words, we can depend on him to come
through for us in every way.
are of course other trustworthy persons that we know. But
the difference is this: we can trust these persons, but we
cannot trust that they can deliver. Not because they do not
want to, or they do not make the effort, but simply because
they may at times be incapable. “The afflicted and the
needy seek water in vain” (Is 41:17a).
is only God who can say definitively, with 100% certainty,
that He can help and that He can provide. “I, the Lord,
will answer them: I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.”
Thus we trust in God because He is God, and that reality brings
with it certain immutable truths.
is the Almighty. “God’s grandeur is beyond understanding.”
(Ps 145:3b). People through generations “speak of the
splendor of (His) majestic glory” (Ps 145:5a). As the
Almighty God, He is all powerful and nothing is impossible
for Him. People from their experience “speak of (His)
fearsome power” (Ps 145:6a). As such, God can deliver.
God is all powerful. But will He bring to bear His power to
help us lowly sinners? Yes, because God is gracious and merciful,
looking to the good of all. “The Lord is gracious and
merciful, slow to anger and abounding in love. The Lord is
good to all, compassionate to every creature.” (Ps 145:8-9).
fact, Jesus came for us who are sinners, and gave his life
for us. He is our redeemer. If Jesus came and gave his life
for us, will he withhold any good thing from us? No! Here
is God’s firm assurance: “I will help you, says
the Lord; your redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.”
but how come there is so much injustice and evil in the world,
with the good suffering and the wicked prospering? Well, much
can be said about that, and we can never fully understand
the workings of an Omnipotent God. But here is the important
truth: we can trust in God because He is just and righteous.
People “sing of (His) justice” (Ps 145:7b, NAB).
People “sing aloud of (His) righteousness” (Ps
What then is our proper posture before God?
we must not be afraid. Whatever the circumstance of our lives.
Whatever affliction we are undergoing or challenges we are
facing. Why? Because the all-powerful God is committed to
care for us. He takes hold of us and will not let us go. “For
I am the Lord, your God, who grasp your right hand; it is
I who say to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’”
because we need never be afraid, because God is there to help
us, then we must rejoice. God will bring good out of bad.
God is rolling out His great plan for our lives. Even when
we grieve due to affliction, loss and pain, we can still rejoice,
for God is always at work in us. We are assured: “you
shall rejoice in the Lord, and glory in the Holy One of Israel.”
out of gratitude and joy, but more so out of being given the
privilege of relating to the Almighty, we must give God the
praise and worship that is His due. Worship is our proper
response to the God who is Almighty and is all good. We must
praise and bless His name every day and forever. “I
will extol you, my God and king; I will bless your name forever.
Every day I will bless you; I will praise your name forever.”
we cannot keep such a God only for ourselves. If we have now
discovered the true key to a blessed and abundant life, then
our love for others should push us to proclaim Him to them.
If we have been brought out of the darkness of our lives but
see that many more wallow in such darkness, then we must help
bring His light into their lives. If we had almost given up
in helplessness and hopelessness but were raised by Him and
blessed, then we must want to share Him with others. Thus,
we must evangelize, that is, proclaim the good news of the
Savior Jesus Christ to the whole world. We must tell the world
of such a God. “They speak of the splendor of your majestic
glory, tell of your wonderful deeds.” (Ps 145:5).
When we trust in God and allow Him to act in and through us,
then we will become the witnesses that God intends, empowered
by the Holy Spirit to bring His good news to the ends of the
earth. God’s power is awesome. God does the impossible
(see Isaiah 41:18-19). God intends that peoples be in awe
of Him and His great majesty.
we proclaim Him and His mighty works, then “all may
see and know, observe and understand, that the hand of the
Lord has done this” (Is 41:20).
See Romans 8:32.
 Ask Job; he has gone through it all before.
 This is why Paul can tell us to rejoice always. See Philippians
4:4 and 1 Thessalonians 5:16.
 Loving others is Jesus’ command.
 Acts 1:8.
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