Posted by: Mark | September 8, 2010

Lessons from Job IX

This is a series and the first post is here.

Lessons from Job for when we go through trial

9. Even those who seemingly have it together can loose it

In the past you have encouraged many people; you have strengthened those who were weak. Your words have supported those who were falling; you encouraged those with shaky knees. But now when trouble strikes, you lose heart. You are terrified when it touches you. Doesn’t your reverence for God give you confidence? Doesn’t your life of integrity give you hope? Job 4.3-6

If we were to honestly ask ourselves the question – have we ever looked down on someone who is suffering? Have we ever looked at that person who is going through a hard time and crying out to God, “Why?” and thought that we wouldn’t be like that? Do we think we have it all together? Do we see ourselves as the comforter and supporter of others? Do we see ourselves as the strong person?

If that is how we analyze ourselves and we find ourselves in a suffering situation we might be wondering what went wrong. How did we go from the person who comforts to the person who now needs comforting? Going from comforter to comfortee is tough. There is pride involved.

We know that Job was a good God follower as from our vantage point we see this as the reason he is suffering. We also see in the verses above, that part of what made Job good was his ability to comfort others. People leaned on him and he encouraged them in the situations they found themselves. However, when we visit Job we do not find him as this great strong citizen who is helping others but as a suffering man lying in a rubbish heap scratching his boils. And all of this because God loved him. He was strong enough to help others because he was a man of God, and it was this devotion to God that was the cause of his suffering. God was central to both Jobs that there was – the sufferer and the comforter.

If you are the type of person who generally is strong and comforting to others acknowledge God as the strength behind what you are. If you are suffering acknowledge that God is still in control and is teaching you through this situation. Whether you are comforting or being comforted acknowlege God in the situation. Make God central to who and what you are so that throughout all of life you can say with Job:

Though he slay me I will hope in Him Job 13.15a

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