Did not I weep for him whose day was hard? Was not my soul grieved for the needy? —Job 30:25

O LORD, I call upon you; hasten to me! Give ear to my voice when I call to you! —Psalm 141:1

            Job was trying to make sense out of his situation.  The loss of all his animals (business), the loss of his servants, the loss of his children, the loss of his health, the loss of his wife’s support, the loss of his friends’ comfort and encouragement left him to wonder about God’s care, or lack of care, for him.

            He pondered the days when he empathized with those who were having hard days.  He remembered the days when he grieved for those who were needy.  And now here he was having hard days and in great need, but he felt so alone.  Would nobody weep and empathize over his situation?  Would nobody grieve over his great needs?  Did anybody care?  Did God care?

            Job was surely in the clutches of doubt, discouragement, and despair.  He did not understand why all this was happening to him.  He believed God was directly responsible for his pain and sorrow.  On one hand, God did allow it, but on the other hand it was Satan who was directly tormenting Job.  This raises questions in our minds as to why God would allow Satan to do this to Job or to anyone.  We are given one reason— God was proving to Satan that Job served and loved Him for Who He Is and not for what Job had— that Job was indeed a righteous man.  Why did God allow this?  Well, what “was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope” (Romans 15:4).  How many people down through the ages have been encouraged and were hopeful because of Job’s story?  The historical story of Job shows us Who is ultimately the Sovereign over all.  He set boundaries over the hordes of hell in this fallen world and we can fully trust Him to work out His plans for His glory and our benefit— even when we do not understand or when God seems to be silent!

            You having business or job difficulties?  Trust God and keep looking to Him!  You suffering family loss?  Trust God and keep looking to Him!  You having health issues?  Trust God and keep looking to Him!  You having relational conflict?  Trust God and keep looking to Him!  You feel unsupported?  Trust God and keep looking to Him!  Are you feeling like God is not there, that He is not listening, that He does not care?  Trust God and keep looking to Him!  He is working.  His plan is going forward.  It will all make sense one day.  But for today— Trust God and keep looking to Him!  Yes, Dear Father, may we trust You for all we do not understand.  But we do understand this— You are Sovereign.  You are Good.  You are Love.  You make no mistakes.  Your plan is moving to consummation.  You know all about my situation.  You know what You are doing through my situation— though I do not understand so much.  I can trust You.  I will trust You by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son Jesus.  Yes, I will trust You!


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