Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
The book of proverbs in the bible is full of short, powerful pieces of advice. Like the rest of the bible, it comes from God so we can read it as though God is giving us the guidance on how to live!
In the middle of a crisis, emergency or testing time, it is sometimes difficult to understand and work out what is going on. God tells us to trust Him even when we don’t fully know why things are the way they are.
The bible is also full of people who trusted in God. Read this story of Job (pronounced to rhyme with ‘robe’) to see how he lived thought some turbulent times.
Job was a very wealthy man. He had 7000 sheep, 3000 camels, 500 oxen, 500 donkeys and a very large household with 7 sons and 3 daughters.
One day, Satan told God that the only reason Job was faithful was because he had so much and he had an easy life. So, God told Satan that he could do anything to Job, except lay a hand on him.
Soon after, a servant came to Job and told him that his oxen and some of his servants had been taken.
While that servant was talking, another came and told Job that a fire came from heaven and his sheep and shepherds had been lost.
While the servant was talking, a vicious gang took the camels and all the servants, except for... the one talking to Job.
Again, while that servant was talking, another came and told Job that all his children were eating a meal and a great wind came and took them away.
Job stood up and tore off his robe and shaved his head. He fell to the ground and said "The Lord gives and He takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord." No, Job didn’t get angry and shout at God for his misery!
Now, Satan told God that Job was faithful because those things (servants, animals his children) that were taken away didn’t hurt him physically. So, God said Satan could do what he wanted except kill Job. (2:7)
The first thing Satan did was put painful boils all over Job, from his feet to the top of his head. (2:7)
When his three friends came to see Job, they didn’t even recognise him! They ate with Job for 7 days and nights and didn’t even talk! They did talk after that and Job stayed faithful and didn’t blame God.
But Job did have questions for God. (38:1) and God answered Job out of a whirlwind. Job said “I know You can do anything (42:2)
When Job prayed for his friends, God gave Job back all that Job had lost.
God even doubled it everything he had! (42:10) God blessed the last days of Job because he trusted in God.
Taken from www.biblefunforkids.com
Thank God that we can trust Him in difficult times.