You have a health scare, you get bad news at work, or a member of your family is hurt. Have you noticed how a bad situation makes you think about the things that matter most in your life. When we experience bad things we naturally are drawn closer to our faith and our family. Over the past year I have realized how God allows adversity and forms of persecution in our lives to open our eyes, minds and hearts. I hate to quote one of our President's advisors when he said "don't let a good crisis go to waste" but it does ring true when we face adversity we must use those times as times to get closer to the One who is truly in control.
When we are faced with bad things in our lives we should live as Job and seek God's love, wisdom and promises. He has promised throughout the Bible that he would never leave us nor forsake us.
1 Kings 8: 56-58
56 “Praise be to the LORD, who has given rest to his people Israel just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through his servant Moses. 57 May the LORD our God be with us as he was with our ancestors; may he never leave us nor forsake us. 58 May he turn our hearts to him, to walk in obedience to him and keep the commands, decrees and laws he gave our ancestors.
I have read the book of Job several times and each time I read throughtthe first chapter I am struck by the very last verse. In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing. He had just lost all of his wealth, his flocks, and his family but still he praised God.
Adversity in our lives can be a revival of Faith.
Have a blessed week!
Job 1: 18-20
18 While he was still speaking, yet another messenger came and said, “Your sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house, 19 when suddenly a mighty wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on them and they are dead, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”
20 At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship 21 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.”
22 In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.