Job had a seriously bad week. Thieves came and stole everything of value; all his kids died when they were at a party and the building collapsed on top of them; he fell agonisingly ill. But his attitude to it all? He worshipped God! Every day God sends us opportunities to grow spiritually, disguised as problems! After losing everything, ‘...Job... got up and tore his robe and shaved his head to show how sad he was. Then he bowed down... to worship God.’ That’s not the normal human response to tragedy, is it? Job didn’t react that way because he understood what was happening or because he was crazy. Despite his sadness, he worshipped God. He was able to respond that way because: (a) he looked inside! He knew God was teaching him something really valuable: ‘When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.’ (Job 23:10 NAS) (b) he looked forward! He reminded himself it’s all going work out when we stick with God. (c) he looked up! In the middle of a nightmare, Job saw the God who promised to direct each step we take. More importantly, he trusted God’s heart of love. Don’t make the mistake of thinking it was easier for Job to trust God than it is for you. Remember, Jesus hadn’t even been born at that point so He didn’t even have the same proof of God’s love as we do! So what should you do when troubles multiply? Look in, look forward and most of all look upwards!
SoulFood: Isa 30-33; John 7:14-24; Ps 104:1-23; Pro 28:5-8
word4U2day (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by UCB Australia. 2014 UCB International Ltd