I woke up this morning praying for a friend,and my mind went to Job,he was certainly confused,and his friends were even more confused.Whenever we find ourselves in a place of discomfort,our minds began immediately trying to figure out why and what it is we should do. Praise God,Job’s mind took him a different route after receiving the third message (Job 1:18) your sons and daughters were feasting in their oldest brothers home.Suddenly, a powerful wind swept in from the desert and hit the house on all sides.The house collapsed,and all of your children are dead.I am the only one left to tell you. Can we even imagine, I mean when we try really hard,can we get a grip on what Job must have felt. After all Job was a human being,and all of this “suddenly” is happening,rocking his world to the core.Most of the time our trials and tribulations are not this heated,praise God! But I believe God gives us a look into Job’s situation so we’ll know that no matter how bad it gets I’m with you and I do understand. Job’s next move just rattles me,he didn’t run to the phone telling everybody what had happen.He didn’t post it on a board for everyone to see-no (Job 1:20) Job stood up tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground before God to worship.
What a move,God must have been standing up in Heaven when Job knelt before him,what an image! Job has lost all-all he had and yet he takes the position of praise “Hallelujah”! Job said, “I came naked from my mothers womb,and I will be stripped of everything when I die. The Lord gave me everything I had,and the Lord has taken it away.Praise the name of the Lord.(Job 1:21)
This is one very encouraging book! A little farther down in chapter 2 verse 10 after Job’s wife said curse your God and die, this is so amazing for I believe since God kept and encouraged Job in the midst of his confusion.God can give us the strength to go on : Job said you talk like a foolish woman,Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad. God is in charge of each and everything,we are not asked to understand,but to trust God. In the midst of our troubles God will not always change things,but he will change us and how we see things.
Love in Christ Pat