My days have passed, my plans are shattered. Yet the desires of my heart turn night into day; in the face of the darkness light is near. Job 17:11-12
As night sets in, darkness fills the sky. Once it is fully night, there is very little light to see by. While it is dark, all hope appears to disappear and fade away. Yet, when dawn begins to show, light also begins to show. It starts out with just a little and then grows until it is full day again.
In the same way, there are storms that pass through an area, blocking out all light. It appears as the end of all hope and only danger is present. However, after a time, a small light begins to appear. That light is showing that there is an end to that storm, it is coming.
Job had looked back on his days and felt that all of his plans had been destroyed and that there was no real hope. Yet, he had a desire in his heart for better days. Holding onto that desire, kept him moving forward and in the dark he began to see a light. There was a hope of a better future ahead.
Believers will have days and times in life where all they see is a storm of troubles. Everything around them is dark and appears to be hopeless and that all is lost. Instead of looking outward, they must look into the heart and see the desires of their heart. That desire is to be with God through the saving grace of Jesus. It is the hope that one day He will return. It is the hope that one day all the troubles will end.
This gives a light in the middle of a storm in life. This is a hope that is there despite the shattered plans.
As you are going through struggles in life, hold onto that hope you have within you. See the light at the end of the tunnel. There will come a day when Jesus will return to take you with Him for eternity. There will come a day when God will turn the troubles around and fill your days His favor in full light.
Do not give up or lose hope in Christ Jesus during a storm. Know that it will come to an end at the right time. God is with you and will not leave you. Hold onto that light.
I pray today that you will know the presence of God; that you will have the desire to be with God; that you will see the light of God in the dark places; and that you will hold onto God during a storm.
Then I would still have this consolation–my joy in unrelenting pain–that I had not denied the words of the Holy One. Job 6:10
Going through pain or suffering will often change a lot of people. It can change how they think and act. It is very common when a person is suffering from a bad headache, that they will act irrationally towards other people. They will get angry very easily and snap at others. They are not focused very well on their emotions.
Extreme pain or suffering will often cause people to be blinded to the truth. All they see and feel at the moment is pain and no hope. They forget the truth about life.
Job was going through extreme troubles, pain and suffering. He wanted God to take his life, so that he would die without denying God’s word. He was so focused on following God, that he would rather die than deny God and His word. God’s word showed hope and a future.
Sadly many people who go through extreme suffering often begin to deny God’s word. They forget that God loves them no matter what they are going through. They forget that God is with them in the suffering. They forget that in the end they will have eternal life with God in heaven.
All of this forgetting is because they are focused on the pain, rather than on God and His word. In the process of forgetting God’s word, they deny it. They deny the power of God’s word in their lives. Usually they feel as if God has abandoned them, though His word says He will never leave or forsake them.
Believers need to stand firmly upon God’s word in their lives. They need to trust that God’s word is true, regardless of what is going on around them or in their lives.
During times that you will or are going through difficult times in your life, stay focused on what God’s word says. Refuse to deny what He has said about you and to you.
You are His child and He loves you. Nothing you can say, do, or go through will change that. He also has a place reserved for you in heaven if you do not give up and deny His words.
As you are suffering, turn towards God in prayer and in worship. Know that despite what is happening, He has your best interest in mind. Don’t deny God.
I pray today that you will know God’s love towards you; that you will trust God’s words to you; that you will not deny God or His words in your life; and that God will give you strength through all difficult times.
“Why did I not perish at birth, and die as I came from the womb? Job 3:11
Suffering pain and trouble is one thing that most people do not want to have to go through. People will go to great lengths to avoid any type of pain or suffering. Billions of dollars every year are spent on medicines to alleviate pain caused by sickness, injury or just natural parts of life.
There are many who, when things go bad and they are suffering greatly, curse the day they were born. They wish that they had never been born. It is common for many to begin to think about suicide is the way out. Some will go through with it. All they can see is suffering and pain with no hope of anything different.
With all of his loss, Job began to feel that way. He began to curse the day he was born. He began to question why he was born, just to go through tremendous suffering and pain.
Although Job never blames or curses God, he begins to share his heart with God. Questioning why things were happening as they were.
Times have not changed since Job. People still go through great suffering. Not just people in this world who don’t believe in God, but believers will also go through times of pain and suffering and loss. Homes will be lost, lives will be lost, health will be lost, and more will be lost.
Believers will have questions about what is going on and why. But they should never curse God or give up on God. There is still hope.
You will have times of great trouble, pain and suffering. The amount you must go through and what you will go through will be different each time, and often different than what others are going through, but it will still be difficult.
As you are going through a trial in this life, remember that God is still with you, loves you and will never leave you. God is also still in control of everything that is happening in your life and there is a purpose for it.
Do not give up on God or life. There will come an end to the suffering and pain.
God brought you into this world for a purpose, to have fellowship with Him and be His witness to this world. This can be done through the good and bad times. Hold on to God for strength and comfort in your suffering.
I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will trust God’s control; that you will lean on God for strength; that you will know God’s love for you; and that God will give you strength through the suffering.
He got rid of the foreign gods and removed the image from the temple of the LORD, as well as all the altars he had built on the temple hill and in Jerusalem; and he threw them out of the city. 2 Chronicles 33:15
Watching some people and how they act, sometimes there does not seem to be any hope. They are heading down the wrong path in life and it appears as if they will never change. All hope seems to be lost.
There are many teen-agers who have chosen some bad paths while in high school. They are looking as though they will never do anything good in life and will end up in prison some day. However, later things can happen to turn their life around and they become very productive citizens in society. They look like a totally different person.
Manasseh had become king of Judah and had chosen to follow and promote false gods. He had many high places to these false gods built and led the nation against God. However, God had gotten a hold of his attention and he changed. Everything that he had built up to false idols, he destroyed. Instead of promoting false gods, he promoted God. He was a changed man.
There are many people in this world that appear to be so bad that many believers will not have any hope of them changing. Very few will strive to be a witness to the person because they do not see any hope of salvation. They are ignored and left in their life of sin against God.
Yet, God is a great God of love and mercy. He wants everyone to be saved. Even the coldest of hearts can be touched by God’s great love and mercy. Every believer has this story to tell as to how God touched their hearts and changed them.
Two things can be learned from Manasseh’s story. One is that every person can be changed by a touch from God. Don’t give up on anyone because they are living in sin. Be a witness to them of who Jesus is and what He can do.
The other thing is that you can also be changed by a touch of God. You may have stepped into some sin, turning away from God. God will accept you back and change you. He can make you a new creation.
Allow God to change you and be sold out to serving and loving God.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be a witness of Jesus to this world; that you will have hope in God for all people; and that you will remove all false gods out of your life.
You have kept your promise to your servant David my father; with your mouth you have promised and with your hand you have fulfilled it–as it is today. 2 Chronicles 6:15
Promises are made every day by people all over the world. At the same time, promises are also broken every day by people all over the world. Broken promises occur so much that most people do not like to trust anyone’s word. Contracts have to be written up and signed for people to somewhat trust others, and even then, many still don’t trust their word.
The more complex a promise is, the greater it means when it is fulfilled. It can be refreshing when a promise if fulfilled. And it is crushing and depressing when a promise is broken.
Solomon had finished having the temple built for God. As he was in the process of dedicating it, he pointed out to God that He had been faithful and fulfilled His promise to David in him. God had promised the temple would be built by Solomon and it was. God had fulfilled His promise to David and Solomon.
Several thousand years later, God is still in the business of fulfilling His promises. He has never broken His word of promise to anyone to this day.
The challenge comes for many believers in recognizing God’s promises and realizing that it was God’s promise being fulfilled when something occurs. God has promised to meet every need of a believer. Many do not think God is meeting the needs, even though He has. It is some of the wants that God has not met, because it is not the best for the believer.
Believers need to stop and realize God’s hand of fulfillment in their lives each day. When good things are happening, it is often a fulfillment of a promise of God in one’s life.
Think of all the good things that has occurred in your life. How many of those things, if your really think about it, are a part of God’s promises to you? God’s provision of healing, food, joy, peace, forgiveness, clothing, housing and more.
God has been faithful to you each day and will not stop being faithful. No matter what God has promised you, in visions or from His word, He will make it happen.
Be willing to give God praise for His faithfulness to you. Let the world know of His faithfulness.
I pray today that you will see what God has given you; that you will know the promises of God to you; that you will see when God is fulfilling a promise to you; and that you will give God praise for His faithfulness to you.