In the book of Job, God shows us that even in Christ, Satan is allowed to try. Try our faith. Try our family. Try our marriage. Try our health. Try our very livelihood. And although Satan is allowed, what he isn’t, is in control. God is.
Why me Lord?
How much tragedy can one man take in such a short amount of time? Well in Job’s case, a lot! But why? There is nothing, not one single thing, to tie this blameless, upright, and God-fearing man to the gut wrenching, heartbreaking misfortune, devastation, and destruction about to come his way.
We all have seasons that come, go, and even return. Unexpectedly, most times. But in Job’s case it hits hard and it hits fast. One moment his land is the most prosperous of all lands AND then it’s being raided by thieves (twice). He has an abundance of livestock AND then they’re either stolen or struck down by lightning. He has a multitude of farm hands, shepherds, and servants AND then they’re all murdered. And to top it off, he’s blessed with 10 children AND they’re all killed under the same roof by a tornado.
And then Job grieves. He rises to his feet, he tears his clothes, he shaves his head, he falls back to the ground, he worships. I believe what’s most important, what God would have us to see, is not the tragedy (although it’s definitely there) but where Job’s ultimate affections rest. In verses 20-21 of chapter 1, the word ‘and’ becomes all about God:
Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:20-21)
Where we place our hope. And despair.
Paul writes to us confidently that God is for us. Completely. Utterly. Totally. For you. For me. For every believer. That there is no separation from His grace, His mercy and His love. That there is nothing we’re in, going through, or better yet, to come, that can be purposed against us (Romans 8:35). And we’re also told by Jesus that Satan is against us (John 10:10). God keeps us in step with Him, and keeps us up-to-date with Satan’s devices.
Trying times don’t escape any of us. Life shattering moments, with or without cause, with or without warning, just happen. A routine doctor’s visit may become anything but. A great day at the office could be left with clearing the desk out at the end of it. A dinner reservation celebrating an anniversary could be served with divorce papers.
Our difficulties and struggles never leave God’s hand. You and I are never loosened from God’s hold. Jesus’ ministry, death and resurrection promises and places us in everlasting, ever strengthening arms, for all eternity.
So let’s go Christians!
Hold, cling, if you have to, that God is for you, in everything; the good, the bad, and the blameless.
© Tahlitha Chadwick
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