In 1978, cancer was discovered in Ron Hamilton’s left eye. Many people, in his circumstance, would be emotionally devastated and cave in, yield to self-pity or even leave the faith. Although Ron and his wife Shelly never fully understood why God allowed him to go through this ordeal, they committed everything to God’s gracious hand and let His will be done. He said, “Hearing a doctor say I had cancer and may die was a very sobering experience. Many people would see the loss of my eye and the need for wearing a patch as a great trial. But I see it as one of the greatest blessings of my life. It reminds me that God teaches us the greatest lessons in the deepest valleys.” Immediately after the loss of his eye due to cancer, Ron Hamilton penned a song based on Philippians 4:4, which says, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.” He also read the Book of Job to understand why God allowed Christians to suffer. In Job 23:10, it says “But he knows the way that I take: when he has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.”
For the next few Mondays we will be studying out of the book of Job. Job was a man who scriptures describes as, “A perfect (blameless) and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth (shuns) evil.” (1:8) Even through all this, God allowed Satan to bring terrible trials into his life. Job lost his riches, family, and his health. Through all this, Job did not lose his faith. His wife told him, “Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die,” Scripture says his reply was, “ But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.”
Even after all Job went through, he did not sin against God. His faith in His all-powerful God was unwavering. He understood God was in control and had a plan for him.
When God allows circumstances to come into your life you are not prepared, remember to rejoice in the Lord. It won’t be easy. Do you think it was easy for Job to lose his family? What made it possible for Job to go through such heartache and not fail? Scripture gives us the answer. He feared or revered God. A person who believes His God is in control will not waver in his faith. Faith does not depend on our ability to maintain it, but rather the source of it being from a loving, powerful Savior. When trials come remember God’s goodness and His plans are always best.
“O rejoice in the Lord, He makes no mistake.
He knoweth the end of each path that I take.
For when I am tried and purified,
I shall come forth as gold.”