“Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”
…another messenger came and said, “The fire of God fell from the heavens and burned up the sheep and the servants, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”
Consider Job’s experience in one day, then look at your own—could you walk in Job’s shoes? Could you experience what he did and still never question, doubt, or blame God? Job lost the animals that would provide his family sustenance and keep his land lush and rich; he lost all of his servants except four messengers who came to deliver bad news; each time increasingly more horrific than the last; he lost his sons, daughters, and his brother—all in one day, yet he got on his knees and prayed to God and praised His holy name.
You have to be mindful of what you say and ask for, you may just get it. When we say we want to be more like someone else, understand that comes with all of the ups and downs, bumps and bruises, heartache and loss, that they encountered to build the character, resolve, and fortitude that you admire from the outside looking in. It sounds good until we have to walk-the-walk, and then we’re crying out in pain. We feel like we’re being punished, forgetting that we asked to be tried and tested.
If you aren’t truly ready for the bumpy ride, don’t get on that wild horse. Don’t worry, God has some more suitable horses for you to ride!
Father, I want to be more like Job, in the ways that he demonstrated his love and faithfulness to You. Even when it seemed that he was broken and would give in to satan’s attacks, he turned back to You. I want to have the faith to know that no matter what happens to me, You will never forsake me or let harm come to me; You will never let me endure more than I can handle, and You will always be by my side.
Father, I want the strength, courage, and determination to fall down and get up, I want the strength and courage to look directly at fear and rebuke it plainly without hesitation. I want to stand steadfast in Your word and light, knowing that in You I am always protected and loved. You know me Lord, You know my worth and what I’m made of. You know my weaknesses and the ways that I can be distracted and discouraged.
Whether or not the story of Job is real or designed to teach a lesson, it examines human character, and helps me to look within myself. In all of the ways I am deficient I want to be better. Please show me the way Father. In Your son Jesus’ name I pray to You this day and always. Amen.
Today is Wednesday. Touch someone’s heart today. Be a blessing to everyone you encounter.