God is at Work
He is the same yesterday, today and forever. And if He is, then we can trust Him to weave our lives into the fabric of His plan for eternity. It may not feel safe, but to be in His care is the safest place to be.
No matter what!
We are facing tough times. No doubt about it.
Fear runs rampant just about everywhere. We fear politics, we fear the street riots, we fear the future. We are coping with Covid-19, which has not only taken some of our lives, but has spread dread. We can’t figure out how to make school happen. Businesses and jobs are both disappearing in the face of forced isolation. And if that is not enough, the western part of the country has gone up in smoke, taking homes, businesses, and lives. The rest of us are isolating again—or still—and can’t even see across the street. Let alone breathe. Still more—hurricanes are flooding southern parts of the country, and—again—taking everything with it. Where will it all end?
Is there any wonder that anxiety and distress fill our days and our nightmares? We wonder if God sees us. Does He hear? Does He even care?
Are we the first generation to endure so much at the same time? Or can we learn from those who have gone before us?
How is our suffering different from that of Mr. and Mrs. Job? How do we deal with it all? I have been posting memes about the lessons we can learn from Mrs. Job. God’s Word is still relevant to us. I think we need to see God in our circumstances, instead of fear.
My new book, Mrs. Job’s Choice; A Journey of Encouragement, details the possible events in the life of Mrs. Job and her husband during a time of great tragedy and difficulty.
Mrs. Job lost everything right along with her husband. I can’t imagine what that must have been like. Think about what they lost:
- Ten children: at the same time.
- Job’s wealth: and along with that, the loss of position and respect in the community. Not only that, but now that Mrs. Job was childless, she had a stigma attached to her.
- Community and home: with the above, they would have had to move to poverty flats. No society friends would come to see them. Mrs. Job would learn menial tasks.
- Job’s health: perhaps his wife became his caretaker.
- Income: with the other losses, Job lost the ability to provide. Mrs. Job may have lost her business, as well. Now, maybe she takes in washing or mending as she cares for her husband.
- No social security: a woman depended on her husband or children to care for her in old age. Now, Mrs. Job had no children and she feared her husband would die. What would become of her?
Is it any wonder that Mrs. Job cracked under the pressure? Perhaps her faith was weak. Perhaps, like us, she went through the stages of grief before she began to look to God to sustain growth and faith in her. Perhaps God was faithful to Mrs. Job and granted her a second chance.
God’s Response To Us
God sees our fist shaking, our lack of faith, our struggles, and He still embraces us. He gives us second chances, third chances. He is FOR us!
He is the same yesterday, today, forever. No matter what. Even when the rug is pulled out from under us. This is a comfort. He is with us. He still looks the same – a familiar face in the face of dangers abounding.
God’s attention is always on us. Each of us. Think about this:
- God is sovereign. We don’t the whys, but He does. Trust Him.
- God equips us to do His will. Trials are tools to train us.
- God is compassionate. He sees our fist shaking and embraces us anyway.
- God is always present. He promises that He will never leave us or forsake us.
- God has purpose for us. As we learn to do His will, then we grow in His image.
- God is faithful. He plans to celebrate with us when His plan on earth is complete.
When we understand how BIG our God is, then we can agree with Job.
“I have heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you” (Job 42:5 NKJV).
Release Date: September 23, 2020
Available from Redemption Press.