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Everything is gone. Now what?

“After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.”  Job 3:1.

Job had lost everything.

There was no one to console him.  His wife told him to curse God.  His friends were speechless.

That’s the bottom.  Everything given to him was gone.

Job had been showered with God’s gift.  When they were all gone Job was left with nothing but God.

That needs to be my core as well.  Everything I have has a shelf life.  It’ll wear out.  God doesn’t have a “shelf life.”

He will be with me forever and ever.  My life here is part of an eternal life with Him that I have been promised.

I am not going to leave this earth with anything.

It behooves me to detach myself from the things of earth.  I can have them, but they can’t “have” me.

I enjoy them but I don’t have to have them.

God knows exactly what I need.  What He provides is a blessing.  I have no right to expect anything from Him.  He will give me what is best.  He will keep me from things that aren’t.

When I lose the things I have, as Job did, I must react as he did in today’s verse.  He did not curse God.  He cursed the life he was leading.

I must glorify Him in all things.  I may not see or understand why things happen, but I must never forget that He has everything figured out.  I must rightly represent Him in whatever station he sets me up in.  To Him be all glory.

Conclusion: God is in charge.  I must do His Work wherever He has put me.

 

 

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Job vents

o18“After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.”  Job 3:1

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Job 3-4 & Acts 8-9)

Job is extremely devastated and who could blame him.  He’s lost everything.

Life is not always good even for those who are believers.  Rain falls on the just and the unjust.

Some of David’s psalms include questions about God’s intentions.

A careful reading of Job and the Psalms will certainly eliminate the notion that trusting God leads to smooth sailing.

In my darkest hour, I need to remember that God loves me.  Job, in the selected Scripture, has lost all hope.  Job has no thoughts that God cares a bit for him.  He just wants to be put out of his misery.

I must be committed to God for the long haul.  The road will not always be smooth but I can take comfort that He is on the journey with me.

I must also have great sympathy for those struggling.  I should not attempt to reason out the “Why” in other peoples’ suffering.  Having God’s Words is essential.  Sometimes saying nothing is needed.

“Lord, You are with me no matter what is going on in my life.  I will never understand Your Ways.  I want a relationship with You that is ongoing and tight.  Fill me now with You, I beg!”

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