Does Job fear God for nothing? (Job 1:9)
In Romania, there was a Christian poet named Traian Dorz. He spent more than sixteen years in prison because of his faith in Jesus Christ. One day, he was sentenced to another two years in prison because of a book he had written, a collection of Christian poems for children. He was seventy years old at the time! In prison, he wrote another poem, in which he says;
"Lord, help me to love You,
even if none of my prayers are heard.
Help me to trust You,
even if there will be
no reward in eternity."
Of course there will be a reward for this saint in heaven, but what he wanted to make clear, was that he loved God not because He answered all his prayers, not even because he was hoping for a reward, but because God is worthy to be served. He served God for Who He is, not for what He does.
God's answer to Satan's question, "Does Job fear God for nothing?" is "Yes!"
God was faithful to Job and Job was faithful to God, in spite of all the "why's."
Joseph Ton from Romania. Joseph Ton describes a number of spiritual principles of God's faithfulness despite suffering. Edited with permission from the Dutch booklet entitled Lessen in Lijden.
Copyright [C] 1995 Open Doors International. Used by permission.
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