And said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.” Job 1:21
In life many things happen that people do not usually have control over. Bad things happen and things fall apart, things that are not expected to fall apart. There are periods in the lives of many people where if anything can go wrong, it does.
During these times, many people feel as though God is against them and hates them. Many will turn away from God and leave the church in bitter anger against God, because of the constant trouble in their lives.
The majority of people think that God should give them an easy life with no problems or difficulties. Yet, Jesus had promised that there would be trouble in this world.
Job had been serving God faithfully when he got the message that all of his livestock and children were killed in a single day. Every thing he had was taken from him. Immediately upon hearing the message, Job fell down in worship to God and praised God anyways.
Job had the mindset that he came into this world with nothing and that all he had was given to him by God. God gave it to him and He can take it away. Either way God was to be praised. He trusted God’s decisions.
In order for a believer to have the same mindset as Job, he must realize that he had nothing when he came into this world. There is also nothing in this world that will last for eternity, except the souls of men and women and God. Without God no one has anything, not even life.
Job had done nothing wrong, but was being tested by God. God was proving to Satan that Job would not sin against Him under pressure. Job did not and in fact gave God praise in spite of the terrible messages brought to him.
You will have troubles in this world. Some of it will be brought on by your choices, others will be by the choices of others, and yet, others will be God allowing things to happen to test you. Regardless of why you go through troubles, praise God and trust His judgement in your life. He knows what is best for you.
Give God praise regardless of what happens. It will be worth it in the end with eternal life.
I pray today that you will trust God’s judgements in your life; that you will praise God in every circumstance; that you will know God’s great love for you; and that you will honor God with all you say and do.
How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you. Psalm 31:19
Looking around the world, it can be difficult to see good things if the focus is not correct. Everywhere a person looks, one can see crime, war, hatred and sinful acts or promotion of sin. Some may wonder if there is any good left.
Then, add in the problems of just everyday life that many people go through. People going through life-threatening sickness, homelessness, no job, split families and bills past due.
Some of the problems are ‘smaller’ such as being late for work, tire blowing out, a messy house, dishes to get done, meals to plan, and children fighting.
As one sees all the problems in the individual life and in the world, it is sometimes difficult to see what God is doing. God has plans for each person and they are good plans.
The only way to get those good things is to believe in and follow God. Those who serve God with all of their heart are the ones who will see the good things God has for them.
The amount of good things that God has stored up for each believer is beyond count. Those things are also beyond imagination, some of which will be revealed in this life. Others which will be revealed in heaven.
As you trust and fear God with all of your life, God will be able to pour out those good things on you. You cannot trust in the things, this world or yourself. You have to take up refuge in God and trust in Him alone.
Regardless of how good a day you have or how bad a day you have, in the end you will have and be with God for all eternity. That is the ultimate good thing God has for you.
However, in this life, God will pour out good things on you. You may see a good sunrise, or sunset, give you a good friend, a good church, a reason to laugh or smile, food on the table, and the list goes on. God will never be short on giving good things, if you trust in Him and not the things.
I pray today that you will know and trust in Jesus; that you will have a proper fear of God; that God will open your eyes to the good things you have been given; and that you will take up refuge in God alone.