Relationships Count

Olu JegedeDevotional

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Have you ever trusted someone and they let you down? I bet we all have. Whether as a youth a friend betrayed you, or in your adult years, a loved one stabs you in the back. Relationships all have something in common people let us down. But amazingly quite often, though we are deeply hurt, so we move on. Choosing to forgive, concede or compromise so that the relationship can be salvaged. Whether, at work, at home, or with friends, we often choose relationships over the problem.

However, what about when God lets you down? Do you consider your relationship bigger than the frustration? How easy is it to forgive and forget? Will you lose your faith over your current trial?

Prophet Job in the Bible faced such a dilemma. He apparently for no fault of his own was being tested by God via Satan. Though Satan was the active agent in his trials, God was the one that allowed it, in order to prove Job’s faithfulness to him. So as far as Job was concerned it was God’s fault. The integrity of their relationship was being tested.

Specifically, Job had lost his business, his esteem in the community, his children and even his health. There was nothing to live for anymore it seemed, and his wife advised him to curse God, and then commit suicide.

Job could have succumbed to the urging of his wife, and maybe even his own feelings to quit on God, but he didn’t. Instead he dug in his heels, and leaned hard on the relationship that he had developed prior with God.

Look at some of the words of Job
Job 1:20 At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship 21 and said:
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
and naked I will depart.[c] The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away;
may the name of the Lord be praised.”

22 In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.

Notice he worshiped God in spite of his trials. He esteemed God for blessings, but also for trials. In essence he trusted God to the point of pain and loss. Job recognized that he was too small to be judge whether God was good or not. That the job of creation is to praise the creator, and thus he acted accordingly and worshiped him. Indeed he chose relationship over the problem.

Later, we see Job further emphasise his trust in God a second time, as he responded to his wife

Job 2:10
10 He replied, “You are talking like a foolish[b] woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?”

People I find seem to forsake God early on in their trials. Christians and non Christians alike blame God for the woes in their lives. But Job teaches us to implicitly trust God. To be thankful for what we do have, but to hang on to them loosely, because our relationship with God counts far more than any earthly experience or blessing.

– Pastor Olu Jegede