“So is the end of everyone who forgets God, and so shall the hope of the godless man perish. His confidence is but a gossamer thread and his trust is a spider’s web.” Job 8:13-14.
If you have read the Book of Job, you know that it starts and ends well, but the entire middle section of the book IS dire. Satan approaches God and says that he wants to test God’s protected, beloved Job. And because Satan has freedom to roam the earth and do as he wishes, God grants His permission. And so Satan tests Job.
The incredible thing about Job is that, no matter how much he loses or suffers, he does not believe that God has deserted him. He holds fast and steady to his faith that God is present and loves him, no matter the trials he faces. He continues to hold on to his faith, even though his friends continually advise him to just curse God and die. Thus comes the adage to “Have the faith of Job.”
In the passage presented from Job, we find that Job is in a conversation with Bildad, who has a distant connection to God, while Job enjoys a close and personal relationship with Him. Those who do not have a close and trusting relationship with God find that their connection is delicate, like gossamer, or like a spider’s web. Neither are very durable.
What is your relationship with God? Is it flimsy and sheer or sturdy and strong? Are you able to turn to God, no matter what is happening and trust in Him? Be like Job today and turn toward, not away, God in times of trouble.
Kate Walsh Soucheray is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Stillwater. She works at Christian Heart Counseling at 275 Third Street South and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-439-2059 ext. 718.