It’s easy for us to be faithful when it’s convenient and we can see the fruits of our labor within a reasonable amount of time. However, when there’s no audience to clap or cheer, no points awarded, the years keep adding up, and the pay-off doesn’t seem to measure up to all the effort and pain, yet we still remain steadfast—that’s faithfulness.
How faithful are you in a dry place?
I think faithfulness can only be tested in dry places. For example, you can tell how serious you are about your diet when you stick to it while hunger pains are rumbling. You know how committed you are about your exercise program when you work out in spite of wanting to, or not. You can tell how close you want your relationship to be with God when you spend quality time with Him every day regardless of your heavy schedule.
What would Job say?
After reading the book of Job, it helped me to put areas of my unfaithfulness into perspective. Job faced a dry season, to say the least. Disasters after tragedies, followed by calamities and grief didn’t stop him from being faithful to God even after his friends and wife told him to just give up.
Job knew a very special secret. God was his strength! Why would he abandon his only hope? So, I started thinking: What would Job say about my lack of faithfulness because I’m too lazy to follow through on something as simple as my exercise regime? I would be too ashamed to even let him know something like that would stop me in my tracks.
Then, I started thinking again: If I would be ashamed to face Job with such foolishness, what about facing God with excuses for not being faithful to the things He wants me to do? After He has provided me with everything I need to face minor or major difficulties— there’s no excuse that will excuse.
God had faith in Job.
God allowed Satan to stricken Job with a series of disasters. As horrible as life had gotten for Job, the enemy could only go so far. When awful things happen in our lives, the enemy can only go so far. We might think we can’t make it, but God knows how much we can take because He created us. It’s God’s call when enough is enough. We must stay faithful because God will make that call at the right time.
It says in I Corinthians 10:13, No temptation [regardless of its source] has overtaken or enticed you that is not common to human experience [nor is any temptation unusual or beyond human resistance]; but God is faithful [to His word—He is compassionate and trustworthy], and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability [to resist], but along with the temptation He [has in the past and is now and] will [always] provide the way out as well, so that you will be able to endure it [without yielding, and will overcome temptation with joy]. (AMP)
Therefore, when we face our dry times, it’s comforting to know that God sees everything and everything is under His control. The question is: Can God put His faith in us like He did in Job?
Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. (Job 13:15)
Job passed his test staying faithful in a dry place. Can you?
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