Who among us has not felt like Job did in chapter 7:1, 3-4? Who among us has committed his life to do and be what God has for him to do and be only to see disaster still happen? Who among us has not tossed and turned all night, deeply distressed and troubled by bad things beyond our control that have happened to us?
Have you ever lived a life dedicated to God only to have your life fall apart like Job’s did? Was your attitude like Job’s? Did you say that God is in control of your life and all that you have and it’s His choice whether to give or take away? Have you wondered what sustained Job through his hard, discouraging times? Would you be surprised to know that it was Job’s relationship with God that enabled him to endure all the family, health and business-related losses? Would you be surprised to learn that Job’s losses had nothing to do with sin or a bad attitude?
In Job’s case, chapters 1 and 2 reveal what’s behind his losses. God allowed satan limited access to Job and all that he had. Satan’s point to God was that Job would stop being faithful and having a close relationship with Him if all his blessings were removed. Job passed the test.
Scripture: Job 7:1, 3-4
Is there not a time of hard service for man on earth? Are not his days like that of a hired man? So I have been allotted months of futility and wearisome nights have been appointed to me. When I lie down, I say, when shall I arise, and the night be ended? For I have had my fill of tossing till dawn.
Father God, You sent Your son Jesus to minister to the hurting, and Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to fulfill the rile of comforter. I am discouraged, and I ask You, Jesus and the Holy Spirit to comfort, encourage and free me from my discouragement. Help me to rely up You to do the things i cannot do for myself, and help me to trust that Your timing for my deliverance from discouragements the best for Your plan for my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Things to Thing, Pray and Journal About
1. Have you asked God to help you embrace and live Job’s example?
2. Have you asked God to bless you with the same kind of relationship He had with Job? How would that affect your life?
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