“Surely God does not reject one who is blameless or strengthen the hands of evildoers. He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.” Job 8:20-21
Job had been complaining that he felt like God was rejecting him. Another friend of his, Bildad, decided to start speaking. He first talks about being righteous and turning from sin. Bildad points out that God does not reject anyone who is living a righteous life. If someone is living the righteous life, God will fill his life with joy and laughter.
One of the easiest things for a person to do is to point out sin in another person’s life and judge their condition. It is common for people to think that when a believer is going through an extremely difficult time, that they must have sinned against God.
Looking at the life of Job, this was not the case. He is repeatedly reported as not having sinned against God. He was living the upright life before God. Yet, he went through some horrible times.
In this life there will be times of difficulty and sorrow. It cannot be stopped, because sin rules in the lives of every person on this earth. As people sin, others will be affected by it and hurt.
Those who believe in God and trust Him, will one day be filled with joy and laughter. That day may come in this life, or God may hold it off until one steps into heaven for eternity. Either way, the joy and laughter will return.
As you are going through a difficult time, you must keep your eyes on Jesus and on the end of the race you are running. Today you may have troubles, but joy will come in the morning. Life is just a vapor. You are here today and gone tomorrow. The great thing is that tomorrow you step into eternity with God.
At that point, if not before, your mouth will be filled with laughter against Satan who tried to destroy you and failed. Your mouth will be filled with shouts of joy because you had finished the race and won the battle.
Do not believe the lies that God is rejecting you. Keep your trust in Jesus, regardless of what you are going through. Jesus will never reject you.
I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will trust in the salvation Jesus provides; that God will strengthen you; and that you will be filled with joy and laughter.