The Road May Be Long

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Today’s Reading – Job 1 – 4 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – Click here to view the passage from Blue Letter Bible)

(Second Milers Read – Galatians 1 – 3; Psalms 21 – 25; Proverbs 5)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture song – Psalm 34:1 – 4

Read the “0605 Evening and Morning” devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great.” – (Job 2:13)

I have read these first four chapters from Job many times and I have preached several messages from them, but I noticed something new today that I thought was worth developing. But first let me review the story. In chapter one, Job lost all of his children  and nearly everything that he possessed; yet, his response was worship for God (see vs. 20 – 22). In chapter two, Satan is permitted to destroy Job’s health. I do not know much about what Job experienced, but I would imagine that Satan chose the most painful malady possible in order to make him break. Yet, Job maintained his integrity, even when his wife turned against him. By the way, I used to beat up Job’s wife for her weakness, but now I have some compassion for her. After all, she did lose all of her children and her possessions. This must have been a very difficult time for her as well. Then Job’s friends arrive. Again, I used to be pretty rough on Job’s friends, but they stayed with him for seven days without saying a word. I believe they truly wanted to help him.

It is not until we get to chapter three that we see Job begin to break down. He begins to complain that he wished that he had never been born at all. Satan couldn’t get him to break with the loss of his children and possessions, and he couldn’t get him to yield initially when Job lost his health. However, after enough time went by, Job began to crack. Time was the element used by Satan to wear Job away. Then, once he began to break, Job’s friends also piled up on him. They shouldn’t have said anything, but I think like most well-meaning people, they didn’t have a clue.

I have seen this happen in people’s lives today. When tragedy comes their way, oftentimes their first reaction is positive, but after a little time bitterness begins to set in and soon their faith begins to wane. Had Job’s trial ended the day after it started, he would have been fine, but time took its toll and slowly caused him to lose all hope.

I don’t know exactly what can be done in order to keep encouraged during trials like this, but I think understanding that trials are seldom short-term can be a help in itself. In other words, we need to realize that when we go into the valley, we need to be prepared to be there for quite a while. I have experienced long seasons in the valley and I am sure there will be some more of them in my future. I need to understand that God may not be finished working in, or through me. I need to just trust Him. He can do whatever He wants. I need to remember that He knows what He is doing, even if I cannot see it. God may never remove a trial but that is His decision. We need to be prepared to endure until the Lord removes the trial, or until He takes us home. It may be a very long road.

An additional thought – Notice in chapter four the statement made by Eliphaz:

“Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?” (Job 4:7)

People commonly think that when someone os going through a trial that it has to be a judgment from God for some evil that they have done. We know that in the case of Job, that is simply not true. Though Job was a sinner like everyone else, he did nothing specific to provoke this awful calamity. God was simply using Job to glorify Himself. Though Satan was the tool that God used to afflict Job, it was God who instigated the whole thing.

No trial comes without God’s approval, but the reasons that God permits a trial may be very complex. The trial may be a form of correction, or it may be a way to develop a believer, making him stronger. It could be that God is using the trial in the life of a believer as an example to others who are watching. It could be a combination of these. But be assured, that God is doing something. Whatever the purpose behind the trial, it is critical that the believer runs to God during the trial and not away from Him. With God’s help, you can endure any trial that comes your way: “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13).


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Cindy Erickson
Cindy Erickson
4 years ago

Trials definitely can make or break a person. Personally, I thank God for a trial that has mad me a little bit stronger.

Bob Fenton
Bob Fenton
2 years ago

Amen Pastor. I have been through many things in my life time, before I was saved and after I was saved there are too many to mention. When i read the trail’s of Job It out weights anything that I have been through.When you think you have it bad there is always somebody that has it worse than you or walking in someone else’s shoes. Like the post.

Gary Geiger
Gary Geiger
2 years ago

Amen

Desiree Ann Jones
Desiree Ann Jones
1 year ago

i have completed discipleship and i am proud to be saved by god. there are next steps in the future. to be taken

Bob Fenton
Bob Fenton
19 days ago

Amen Pastor.As Christians I pray that we all can be a Comfort to those that are going through some hard times that we can be compassionate with understanding, love and to be a encouragement and to be uplifting and a strong pillar for them to lean on.like the post

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