From Comfortable to Committed - Part 1
Heavenly Father, let us always be mindful of your true goodness. No matter the situation or circumstances we find ourselves in, we know you are always in control and mean to harm us not. May we praise your name forevermore! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Read: Job 1:21-22, NIV
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.
Reading about Job’s life is so agonizing, but also so wonderfully redemptive at the same time. His faith endures all things and because of it, his life is showered with God’s blessings far beyond his comprehension. I am sure we have all experienced different times in our lives when it’s been “all good”….beautiful spouse, kids are healthy, good health, great job, etc. Life is GOOD!
And then, literally in an instant, all of that can be turned upside down…. a father dies and leaves his son an orphan. A wife becomes addicted to drugs and leaves her husband and two small children. A dad gives into sexual temptation and destroys a family. A nephew dies at 25 due to heroin. A daughter over-doses. A little girl is abused by her own father. These are all real things. They happen every day and sometimes to the same person(s).
As Christians living in a broken world, we are living blindly if we think these things will remain void in our lives. In fact, the bible tells us we will suffer. What’s important is our reaction to our suffering. Will we be “broken” and curse God? Will we question His sovereignty? Will we shake our fist at Him? Worst of all, will we give up on God and walk away from our faith? Or, will we react as Job did? Will we fall on our face and worship the Almighty God like Job? Will we give thanks to God for the very breath He breathed into our lungs, like Job? Will we acknowledge Him as both the creator of life and taker of life, worshiping His holiness, like Job? Will we fall humbly before the Lord like Job? If so, then also like Job, God will pour over His blessings upon us in ways we never dreamed possible.
Because of Job’s faithfulness, what seemed like a helpless and lost situation became a life redeemed! The bible tells us, “After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before. The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys. (Job 42:10 and 42:12 NIV)
First, we must not live our lives thinking we will not encounter bad times. We must live knowing they will come. We must know that when all seems good and we’re experiencing smooth sailing, at some point that will change. We must know even more, however, that our faithfulness through the bad times and suffering will be noticed and rewarded by our most gracious Father. God desires that we walk by faith at all times, and keeping faith during trials is no exception. Fighting for faith during such times is tough! But pressing on will prove your/our faith genuine and bring promised rewards from God.
Lord Jesus, I pray that my faithfulness to you never fails; regardless of what circumstance I find myself in I will be true to you and that I will trust in you. I pray I will rely on your word, your love, and your grace to sustain me when all things seem lost. Father, bless me with the strength, courage, and steadfastness to live through my trials knowing you will make all things good as stated in Paul’s letter to the Romans. I love you Lord and pray that no matter what, I will always be faithful to you. Use me, oh Lord, in good times and in bad. I give you thanks, honor, and praise! It’s in Jesus’ wonderful and Holy name I pray, Amen.