Things seem extra hard these days for so many people I know, especially Christians. I used to hear people say things like this and feel like they were just jaded and overly dramatic. I feel like maybe it’s just a moment I hadn’t experienced yet. One where the scales have fallen from my eyes and I’m seeing that there really are times when all around you, the Devil does his work, and all around you, good people suffer.
I don’t think this is something that necessarily indicates the end of the world or an imminent second coming as some people might think, I think it mostly is just something that indicates a change in how we see the world as our Faith works in us.
I saw a Corrie Ten Boom quote today and it said “If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed; If you look within, you’ll be depressed; If you look to God, you’ll be at rest.”
This is what I need to remember when I look to much at the world. Scales or no, and my theory may be wrong as it’s just a thought I had, but this is what I need to remember.
God takes care of us. He has provided us everything here on this earth to take care of ourselves, even if we feel we’re down to nothing left but ourselves and Jesus, that will be enough because of how our Big Awesome God created and designed this world.
Job: I was naked, with nothing, when I came from my mother’s womb;
and naked, with nothing, I will return to the earth.
The Eternal has given, and He has taken away.
May the name of the Eternal One be blessed.
Job 1:21 The Voice
I love this verse. Most of us cannot imagine how we would stand and praise our Lord, blessing his name in the face of the knowledge that we were a prosperous person with all we could have wanted in life and within the span of one day it was all wiped out. And we so often here today think that our misfortunes are God’s fault, blaming Him when we should be looking to His plan with faith, and in Job’s case, this actually was something sent to him by God, a deliberate experiment. And Job praises His name.
Oh if I could have a heart like Job.
Lord, please, give me a heart like Job. I have been through trials and I have cursed You and asked You why in terror and in pain, when I should have been putting those feelings aside and realizing that You are always in charge of my care. Lord, I am so grateful that while I go through what I’m going through now, I can take the time to praise Your name. Lord, I adore Your ways, even when I don’t understand them, because I know they lead to what is best for me. Please, show me how to be still in the storms of life and wait on Your timing and Your leading. Help me to know when I should simply sit and wait for You, Praising You in the Silence! Amen