The story of Job in the Bible is one of the most famous and referenced. His patience is legendary and much admired. He endured trial upon trial and remained a righteous man. God, of course, knew the outcome of Job’s test of faith.
In Job 2:9 – KJV, Job’s wife uttered these words, “Dost thou still retain thine integrity? Curse God, and die.” That had to be a blow to Job’s emotional state. The one closest to him didn’t provide him support.
Job’s friends didn’t provide much help either. They weren’t in tune with the best ways to comfort him. I believe that they meant well but well intentioned doesn’t always prove to be most helpful.
Job’s land, animals, children, and body were affected. At certain points, he despaired and engaged in heart heavy discussions with God. God responded to Job and his friends. Of course, God’s word carries the most weight because the Lord is Almighty who always thinks, expresses and does what’s best.
Often, we don’t know the back stories — the things that are behind the scenes or outside the scope of our awareness and comprehension. Patience is one of the most challenging of our experiences. In the process of his multiple trials, likely Job didn’t know how the Lord was going to bless his latter end more than his beginning. Job had to go through to arrive at his better place.
I think, too, of the patience of another righteous man, Noah. What must it have been like to remain in that ark those days, weeks and months? People and animals closed up in there together for that length of time. I can only imagine the elation they felt when they were able to exit to stand on earth once again. Likely, they marveled as they looked around with delight and gratitude. Yes, patience sure was in the mix for their wait, but certainly, they trusted God and what was purposed to unfold.
We learn how it’s in our best interest to maintain righteous attitudes while we wait on the Lord to strengthen our hearts and to teach us what’s necessary as we journey through life.