Have you ever been in a season of your life where nothing seemed to be going right? Job, a man of God in the Bible, experienced a situation like this. He lost everything he owned in one day, including all of his children and most of his servants. Then he was plagued with open sores from the top of his head to the soles of his feet (Job 1, 2:1-10). I am sure he was tempted to get upset with God, throw in the towel and just give up.
Over the past couple of weeks, I had my own set of difficulties. I had my laptop and my cell phone stolen. My laptop contained all my important documents for the past 10 years – all my blogs, articles and sermons, several versions of my resume, school work, business documents and so many other things. It was a huge inconvenience. Two days later, I contracted pneumonia or an aggressive bronchitis that left me very sick for a couple of days. Then, a week later, a lady turned in front of my car driving from the opposite direction while I had the right-of-way. I had to swerve out of the way and wrecked my car so that I did not hit her head on. Well, she drove off without stopping! I had to pay for all the damage done to the car, which was money I could not afford to spend.
Frustrated by all the events that were unfolding in my life, I cried out to God and asked, “Where is the justice in all of this?” God gently reminded me to trust Him because He sees the bigger picture! The Bible says, “You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You” (Isaiah 26:3 AMP). When we keep our eyes fixed on God and not our problems, we will have peace because our hope and trust are in the One who has all the answers and He cares for each of us! Job learned to trust God despite his circumstances and God blessed him twice as much as He did before the trials (Job 42:10-17). We, like Job, need to be still and seek God for guidance and then continue to move forward in the direction we believe God has asked us to go, despite the trial or challenge we are facing.
The Bible says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT). Maybe you are going through a very difficult financial or family circumstance, or you have been treated unjustly by someone. Whatever the case, Job can relate with you. In due season, God will bring you through the storm and you will be stronger for having gone through it. Keep going; you can make it!
Cory Nickols is a regular speaker and the missions director at Envision Life Center in Fort Wayne, Ind. He writes a weekly blog that has gained a world-wide following. [email protected]
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