In Job chapter 2 we are introduced to Satan inflicting Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the top of his head. The description sounds as though Job broke out with boils all over his body. I call this a physical test.
I have been very fortunate. Most of my life I have enjoyed good health. Only once did I come down with a critical case of viral pneumonia. I almost died. I was so sick I was totally immobilized, but it lasted only a few weeks. I can imagine how impatient I would get if I wasn’t able to get around for an extended period of time, or if I broke out in something that caused my appearance to be repugnant.
Paul described how he struggled with a thorn in his life in 2 Corinthians 12:9. Some have speculated that the thorn was an infection of the eyes that made his appearance repulsive to others. He prayed 3 times that God would remove it, but got no response from God. Finally God said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” That sounds great, but it meant he would need to endure the physical test much like Job did.
When Job’s wife expressed her frustration by encouraging him to forget his integrity and curse God, Job said to her, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” (Job 2:10)
Forfeiting our integrity by cursing God would only compound the problem.
We might not understand what we are going through, but if God allows physical problems, the test of our faith is to trust Him for His grace to be our sufficiency.