Why Not Me

why not meWhen we enter into a valley, we often ask why God is putting us through this. My response is often, “God, I’m doing the best I can for you, I’m trying to follow Your Word and do all that You would have me to do, so why is this happening? Why are you allowing me to go through this? I don’t understand.” If you ever wondered if I was a super strong Christian, that should give you the answer: NO. I’m not; I start whining to God about the smallest of things, but He’s still working on me and I hope to be a strong Christian one day.

Every valley I come to, I ask the same question. I don’t always get an answer, but when I do, He’s usually telling me to walk on and trust Him. I try, but sometimes I wonder why Christians who live worldly, and don’t follow His Word, don’t have to go through some of life’s darkest valleys like the Christians who do. I’ve never understood that, but then I had a Word from the Lord.

I happened upon a verse the other day that really enlightened me and seemed to answer most of my questions when it came to valleys and why faithful Christians often have harder trials to face. Job 1:8: “And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?”

God asked Satan if he had considered tempting Job, because he was ‘a perfect and upright man, one that feareth God and escheweth evil’. I’ve read and reread this chapter. I always thought Satan came and asked God to allow him to tempt someone and prove that man would turn on God if He allowed all of their blessings to be taken away, but that’s not what it says at all! God OFFERED Job and all he had to Satan; with one condition: he couldn’t touch Job’s health.

Satan took everything Job had: his servants, his animals, and even his CHILDREN. I honestly couldn’t imagine going through all that: losing everything that made life worth living. But good ol’ Job was steadfast. His response to his trials was, “…Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:21).

How awesome was that? But when Satan saw this, he went back to God, and God asked him the same question, “Have you considered my servant Job?” (Job 2:3) And Satan told God that if He allowed Satan to touch his health, Job would “curse thee to thy face” (Job 2:5). God allowed Satan to do whatever he would with Job, but he couldn’t take his life. Even when everyone wanted Job to curse God so this trial would be over, Job held on to his faith, and trusted God.

The story of Job shows a clear picture of Christians in a trial. It gives me hope that God has possibly asked Satan if he had “considered his servant Katie.” I think that’s why we should praise Him through the storm, because odds are, if you are a God-fearing, faithful Christian, He’s asked Satan if he has considered you.

I’ve always heard the ‘old-timers’ say, “It’s not why me Lord, it’s why not me?” And I was never completely able to say that while going through trials. When I found out my body wasn’t working correctly to be able to conceive a child, I certainly didn’t want to say, “why not me, Lord?” I wanted to throw a fit as ask Him why me and not someone who didn’t try to serve Him or live by His Word. I couldn’t wrap my mind around it. Sometimes I still can’t, but that’s when Job 1:8 comes to mind.

Like I stated at the beginning of this post, I’m not a strong Christian, and I never claimed to be, but God is still working on me. To quote a children’s song, “He’s still working on me, to make me what I ‘ought to be. It took Him just a week to make the moon and the star, the sun and the moon and Jupiter and Mars. How loving and patient He must be, for He’s still working on me.”

Now when trials come, I can say, “Why not me, Lord, I’ll go through this trial for Your glory.” And if I ever lose sight of that, I know He’ll send Job 1:8 back to my memory. How humbling!

“And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?” Job 1:8.

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