Dare 2B Daring - July 31, 2018
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“The bravest thing I ever did was continuing my life when I wanted to die.” – Juliette Lewis
I imagine that no one ever felt like giving up more than Job. In a single day, he lost 7,000 sheep; 3,000 camels; 500 yoke of oxen; 500 female donkeys; and all of his servants but two. Worst of all, he also lost all 10 of his children: seven sons and three daughters.
And yet, somehow, Job was able to praise God – and mean it – in the midst of such unimaginable tragedy. Listen to his words…
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; Blessed be the name of the LORD.”
Sure, Job descended into a deep depression; so deep, in fact, that he wished he had never been born. But even when he was covered with boils from head to toe, he still refused to curse God. Question Him, yes; but curse Him, no.
What kept Job going during the darkest hours of his life? I think it was his abiding faith in God and, even more so, in God’s goodness. Despite not understanding why God was allowing such unrelenting disasters, He still clung to the belief that God was in control and had a higher reason, purpose and plan. I guess that’s why – looking forward through the annals of time – he was able to say with conviction…
“For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, Whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!”
Yes, we all feel like giving up at one point or another. In fact, some of us may have reached a stage in life where we – like Job – rued the day we were born. I know what sustained me in my darkest hours was what sustained Job in his: an unwavering belief that things would eventually get better… and even if they didn’t on this side of heaven, they certainly would once I got to Glory.
Hang in there, my friend. God loves you – He really does – and someday your suffering will make sense. In the meantime, cling to His promise to never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). He truly is a Friend who sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24).
“For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’” Isaiah 41:13 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President