Have you ever read the story of Job? If you have not, I can give you a quick summary of who was Job, and why he is relevant to the topic of “mess” that I want to relate to you. Job may even remind you of…YOU. If you have read the book of Job, or are remotely familiar, then you know that it really stinks to have this type of story. The reason is simple: Job endured so much, yet came up triumphant. However, Job’s wins were not without loss. He lost it all.
Job was a man of both wealth and success in every possible way. He had riches, property, a big family, land, cattle…you name it, Job had it. Above all, scripture tells us that Job was “…blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil,” (Job 1:1). Job’s blessings were pretty much endless. The Bible goes on the tell us that “…He was the greatest man among all people of the East,” (Job 1:3). Yes, Job was a big deal.
You would think that Job may have been corrupted in some shape or form, after all, he was materially blessed. Yet, the Bible states that even God regarded Job highly. This may be the reason why Satan wanted to ruin Job so much. You see? Satan hates people that are on the right path with God. Satan does not want you to know God, to know that your heart has been ransomed with the blood of Christ. He wants you dead. The same reasons that Satan has to destroy you today, are the same reasons why Satan sought to destroy Job.
Long story short, Satan gets permission from God to test Job in every possible painful way. Job loses his status, riches, his family, property, and Satan even manages to afflict Job “with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the top of his head. Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes.” (Job 2:7-8). Job remained faithful and did not sin…until he cursed the day he was born.
Yet, Job comes around and recognizes the goodness of God. Because Job withstood the storm caused by Satan, the accuser, God prospered him and “…gave him twice as much as he had before…” (Job 42:10).
How many times have you been tested in an unbearable way? Where you felt that you just wanted your heart to give in? Times when you prayed for God to just take the pain away…or never let you wake up again? How many times have you sat in a tunnel of misery wondering when God will answer your prayers. You have done it all, you have prayed countless hours, you have been holding on to the hope of the world…yet He doesn’t seem to hear you. You are tired of so many tears, so much pain, so much anger, frustration, desperation. You are drowning and God seems to have forgotten to send you a life raft.
Is this you? It surely has been me.
I understand, and I am so sorry. I am sorry that you have been going through so much. That you have to endure a pain that does not care whether your heart can withstand it or not.
By the grace of God, I tell you today…hang on to your Creator.
We cannot change the fact that God is good. He is good now, He was good yesterday, and He will go on to be good. It may sound cliché to tell you this, but: Hang on to the One that wanted you here. You were planned out, thought of, and desired utterly and completely by our Lord. My proof is in a book that was written long before I could type these words…the Holy Bible:
Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
Psalm 139:15-16 “My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”
Galatians 1:15 “But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace,”
Beloved, God loved this world so much that He sacrificed His ONLY SON for WHOEVER. This means that God did this for EVERYONE. You are included!!!
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”