Word 4U Today

TOUGH JOB

TOUGH JOB

 

“I know that my Redeemer lives…” Job 19:25 NKJ

 

Boils, bankruptcy, bereavement. What kept Job going? Even his wife had lost faith, ‘Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!’ (Job 2:9 NIV).

In a word, yes, he was. Job demonstrates a grit, determination, and trust in God unparalleled in the rest of the Old Testament.

Was Job cold-hearted to be able to struggle on when his family were killed?

Not a bit. (Flip to Job 1:20)

Instead, Job knew that God was God; He was good, faithful, and powerful.

And even if he didn’t know exactly what was going on, no worldly thing was going to distract him from that even when his world was crumbling down around him.

 “I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The LORD gave me what I had, and the LORD has taken it away. Praise the name of the LORD!” (Job 1:21 NLT). Whoa! THAT’s real God-perspective.

Praising God when the sun’s shining is OK, but choosing to do it when your world is falling apart demonstrates Job-like trust.

Even when it looked like God had walked away, gone on holiday and turned off the phone, Job chose God, ‘I know my Liberator’s out there, somewhere. I know it. Someday He’ll turn up. I don’t know what state I’ll be in by then, but I know I’ll see God. I will: I know.’ (Job 19:25-26 The Street Bible)

Job didn’t have a fake smile fixed to his face.

Deep in his heart, he chose to trust God.

What now?

Read Romans 8:28. How could you be a lifeline to someone who’s struggling at the moment?

Joy Ferdiz

October 9th, 2013

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