Sometimes as Christians we try to give explanations as to why people are experiencing life as they are. We spend time creating an answer for ourselves until we feel better about the situation, or sometimes we create answers that make us feel worse.
Job had started to become weary of the trials he was experiencing. When the trials first came along his only response was “blessed be the name of The Lord.” There wasn’t any uncertainty in the statement, any question as to why he was experiencing the things he was, just full reliance and peace in God.
Later Job begins to search for what he might have done wrong or why this was happening to him. When Job started searching for an answer he moved away from his peace that he had had in God to insecurity of God’s role in his life.
God responds to Job. He tells him that He knows what He is doing. He has it all under control. He tells him that there isn’t any need to fear because He has always been, always is and always will be. He reminds Job of His greatness, His sovereignty and that He is just.
It’s then that Job once again finds peace in God. Not because God had given him an answer explaining the situation. Not because Job had come up with an answer that he was satisfied with.
Job finds peace again when he quits searching for answers and begins clinging to God.
If you’re going through difficult times try focusing on Jesus instead of the journey. He already has everything mapped out, we just need to fully rely on Him.
Job had suffered great loss. His animals, servants and children were destroyed. His response: “naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: The Lord gave, and The Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of The Lord.”
Habakkuk was sickened by the actions of his people and those around him. They were living in iniquity. He felt like he was the only one seeking The Lord’s direction. God comforted him by speaking peace to his soul. By reminding him that He was in control, even if His plan didn’t line up with Habakkuk’s. Habakkuk’s response: “although the fig trees shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: yet I will rejoice in The Lord, I will joy in the God if my salvation.”
These men were living in terrible circumstances. Yet they turned their attention to Jesus and worshipped him. Knowing that if nothing else they had Jesus. And to them that was enough.
How did you react the last time you experienced pain, uncertainty or loneliness? Did you find yourself at the feet of Jesus worshipping Him because you realized that even though things weren’t going as you had hoped you still had Him? Or did you find yourself turning from Him, feeling like Jesus alone wasn’t enough to give you joy?
We control how we respond to adversity.
Choose to praise Him through the pain. Choose to allow Jesus to be enough for you.
Job was facing difficult times. He had lost his farm, his children and he was sick.
His wife’s advice? Kill yourself. End it all.
Job was taken aback that his wife would suggest this. She was supposed to be someone he could trust to give sound advice. Job immediately recognized that this wasn’t Godly counsel. He rebuked his wife and continued to praise God.
Sometimes people will fail us. They will give us bad advice.
God will never let us down.
Take the advice or opinions of others to the Word. Make sure what they’re saying lines up with the principles of God.
Thief. Liar. Scoundrel. Zacchaeus. He was known as a man that preyed upon the poor. He took money from whomever he could under the pretense of being a lawful man. He was supposed to be an upstanding citizen. He was viewed as the worst of the worst.
Then he sought out Jesus. The reputation he had earned couldn’t affect Christ’s redeeming grace. Zacchaeus was offered a relationship with Him. The world still looked upon Zacchaeus as a sinner. In their eyes he would never be good enough to be a follower of Jesus. But from Jesus’ point of view he was worthy of salvation. He had become a child of His.
The opinion of people doesn’t affect the judgment of Jesus.
You might have lived a life full of corruption. Jesus’ blood can cover any sin. You might be falsely accused but in Jesus you can be blameless. Jesus knows you for who you really are. He sees you as no one else can. And He loves you. He desires to have a relationship with you. A pure relationship in which you don’t allow the opinions of others or the opinion of yourself dictate who you are in Him. A relationship in which you just give yourself to Him completely, hiding nothing, allowing Him to make you into what He would have you to be.