In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing. (Job 1:22)
After retiring from the military, Paul went to college to prepare for the ministry. That is where I met him, since I was also there studying to be a pastor. We became the best of friends. He first told me his testimony while we were eating biscuits and gravy at the local restaurant.
Life as a Christian had not been easy for him. At a revival, Paul prayed the sinner’s prayer. He thought his wife would be happy. Instead, she threw all his possessions out of the house, telling him he could only come back if he would stop being a Christian.
A few years later his son was tragically killed. One of his sons was returning home from working the nightshift, and his other son was heading to work. Due to poor visibility, their two vehicles crashed, causing one son to be injured and the other son to die. Paul shared, “I was emotionally as low as one could get. There were times the grief was so overpowering I wanted to die. Other times I thought Christianity wasn’t for me and that I might as well just go back to my old life. However, the words in Job spoke to me, ‘In all this, Job did not sin.’ I decided that if Job could go through difficult times without sinning, so could I!”
Stay true to God, even when life is extremely difficult.
Jim “Umf” Lo is a professor at Indiana Wesleyan University, cross-cultural leader, intercessor, and author of several books published by Wesleyan Publishing House.