Job 14:1-2 Trouble Filled Short Time

Man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. He comes forth like a flower and fades away; he flees like a shadow and does not continue. Job 14:1-2

Young people often feel that life on earth will be long one. They are often carefree and able to run around with no problems. As people get older, they are often faced with more and more difficulties. Life tends to feel like it is nothing but problems one right after the other and then they die and it appears as though it is over.

As Job is going through extreme suffering, he complains that man only lives a few days which are full of trouble. Man is like a flower the rises than fades away and disappears.

There are very few people who do not feel that life, as a whole, is filled with lots of trouble. Those difficulties are different for each person, but they are there. The world sees life as full of trouble and then one dies and it is over.

Since the fall of Adam and Eve, there has been trouble in this world. It is filled with sin and the devil does not want anyone to succeed and will bring on trouble for all.

Jesus even promised His disciples that there would be trouble in their lives. That trouble continues to this day in the lives of every believer.

Yet, the believer has a hope that the world does not have nor understand and Job did not yet know. With Jesus there is forgiveness of sin and the promise of eternal life with no more troubles or pain. They realize that life on this earth is but a short amount of time, even if one hundred years. At the point of death on this earth, there is eternal life free of any more trouble.

You have struggles and difficulties in your life. Some are great ones, while others are relatively minor. Regardless of how great they are put your focus, not upon those troubles, but upon God and what Jesus has done for you and will do for you.

God will never leave you nor forsake you. He will give you strength to make it from day to day in the troubles of life. All of these troubles are temporary and soon you will step into eternity with Jesus and never have any more trouble.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will seek God’s strength in times of trouble; and that you will know the hope you have in Jesus Christ for an eternal and pain free life.

Job 10:1 Speaking From The Heart

My soul loathes my life; I will give free course to my complaint, I will speak in the bitterness of my soul. Job 10:1

Nearly every person has some complaint about something, though some will never speak what is on their heart. Other people appear to live to complain about life in general. Everyone has a time in their life when everything that could go wrong does go wrong and it is painful. During those times many will let others know of what is on their heart, the struggles and pain of what they are going through.

As Job went through a series of horrible disasters, he hated his life and chose to speak from his heart of his bitterness and complaint of what was happening.

Every person has times of disaster in one’s life. Everything is going horribly wrong and falling apart. Those are times of intense suffering and pain, whether physically or emotionally.

During those times many people will choose to turn to drugs or something else to deaden the pain or to take their mind off of their troubles. The world has no hope in itself and only sees despair and trouble with no way out. Without God, this is true.

Believers will also have times of extreme trouble in their lives. Their hearts will be filled with pain of the suffering and want to cry out in anguish. Unlike the world, believers have God whom they can run to for strength, comfort and understanding.

God does not always answer the why of the pain and suffering, but is always right by the believer’s side, giving strength and comfort. Jesus went through pain and suffering so that the believer could have life, abundant life that extends into all of eternity. He gives hope to those who are in pain right now.

There will most likely be times in your life in which you are struggling so much that you a hating your life. You may be wondering what is going on and why it is happening. There may appear to be no hope.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus and look to Him, the author and finisher of your faith. Tell God how you are feeling and allow Him to fill you with His Holy Spirit, giving you comfort and strength. Trust Him that He knows what He is doing and allowing in your life to make you more like Jesus.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will speak your heart to God at all times; that you will trust God with all of your life; that God will comfort you in times of difficulty; and that God will give you strength to not turn to the ways of the world in times of trouble.

Job 3:25 When Disaster Strikes Hard

For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, and what I dreaded has happened to me. Job 3:25

Disaster is something that no one really looks forward to ever having to go through. Fears of what may occur often are the nightmares people dream about. Imaginations run rampant in what may occur and how things could go horribly wrong.

Going through a major disaster in life can be wearying and weigh a person down. Often when the disaster does occur, many people felt as if that was what they expected with their bad luck.

After Job was struck physically hard in many ways, Job was depressed and stated that what he had feared coming actually came upon him.

No one is completely immune from having a disaster come upon them. At some point in everyone’s life there is some type of major disaster that occurs. It may directly on the individual alone or it may be upon those one loves or cares about. Either way it is painful and often the substance of their fears and nightmares.

The majority of the world closes down and quits out of the pain and suffering. They turn to drugs and other things to help cope with the pain and horror of the situation. Many will even turn to suicide to end it all.

Believers are not immune to suffering. In fact, Jesus promised that there would be trouble in this life.

Fear and dread may come upon the believer when it first occurs, but one needs to stop and look up to God. Jesus and the Father will never leave the believer. He can give strength and peace in the center of the disaster. Trusting in God will remove all fear, though the pain may still remain.

There may have been a time when some great disaster has occurred in your life. If not, there will most likely come that day of major disaster.

Do not allow that disaster to destroy your spirit and turn you away from God. Do not go the way the world does.

When that disaster does occur take time to stop and look to God for strength and comfort. Cry out to God for His comfort and strength to make it through the difficult time in your life. Allow His Holy Spirit to fill you with His peace, knowing that God is in control and is right by your side through it all.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s peace, strength and presence in times of trouble; that you will turn to God in a disaster; that you will trust God in every situation; and that you will not fear what God allows in your life.

Job 2:10 What Will You Accept From God?

But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips. Job 2:10

It is easy for a person to accept things when they are good or comfortable. When everything is going just as one desires people are happy and accept it. The moment anything begins to go differently than as planned or desired, people get upset and begin to complain and blame others for what is occurring wrong.

After losing his cattle, crops, servants and health, Job’s wife tells him to curse God and die. Job tells her she is speaking foolishly and that they should accept both good and trouble from God.

Going through a tough time of troubles is difficult for anyone. People struggle with understanding why they are having a difficult time. The first thing many people turn to is blaming God for what is happening, since many believe that God is supposed to be in control. Believers are no different than any other person.

As soon as trouble begins to hit their life, they begin to complain and often get angry with God. Many will try to justify with God as to why they should not have this trouble in their lives. The common expectation is that believers will have a troublesome free life because God is a good God.

Instead of complaining and getting angry with God, believers need to just trust what God has allowed in their lives and accept it. God will use everything for the good of those who trust and believe in Him. One must than praise God in the circumstances and may ask God to reveal what His purpose is and how one can grow more like Jesus through the difficulties.

You will have good days and bad days in your life, times of blessing and times of trouble. Every one of those days are days God has allowed in your life for a reason.

In those days of trouble and adversity, do not allow yourself to become bitter and angry with God or with others. Thank God for those days of blessing and thank God for those days of training and building through trouble. Press into God and hold onto Him, knowing He is allowing all for your good and His glory.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will trust God in every situation; that you will praise God in every situation; that you will accept all that God gives you; and that you know God’s great love for you.

2 Chronicles 14:11 Who To Call In Tough Times

Then Asa called to the Lord his God and said, “Lord, there is no one like you to help the powerless against the mighty. Help us, Lord our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this vast army. Lord, you are our God; do not let mere mortals prevail against you.” 2 Chronicles 14:11

During times of trouble people do many different things. Some will run and hide, some will fight, while others will cry out for help. The help many seek will be from the world, other people or anything else to get what they desire.

As a huge Cushite army was coming up against Judah, Asa, king of Judah, called upon God for help.

In the process of seeking help, people will usually go to someone whom they can physically see and touch. While people can help other people, often they cannot always help, or it is not in the best way possible. Many times, the help is just a covering up of the problem, rather than solving the problem, such as when people turn to drugs for the needed help. Or the help is just not available.

Believers, on the other hand, have a source of help that is always available and never fails and gives the perfect help needed. Instead of turning to the world for help first, believers need to turn to God first.

God may do a miraculous touch in the situation, or He may send the believer to someone else for the needed help. Either way, the believer gets the needed help in the best way possible. It is what will give God the greatest honor and build the believer in his walk with the Lord. He will rely upon God before anyone or anything else.

Throughout your life you will have times of difficulties in which the world is coming against you with a vast army. It may appear as though you are doomed to be destroyed or crushed and part of you will die.

Instead of running to the world, turn to God. Call upon God for help. He is waiting for your call. In His great love and mercy, He is ready and willing to help you as you trust in Him and allow Him to have control of your life and your situations. Watch and see what God can do for you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will seek God first in every difficulty; that you will trust and rely upon God’s help and strength; that you will see God at work in your life; and that you will see God’s hand of deliverance.