Sometimes things happen that shatter our world completely. Like glass, pieces of our heart, soul, and our very lives we have been living come to a halt. Like someone dropped a piece of glass from over his or her head, and let it go about six feet or so. Suddenly, fragments of former perfect looking pieces that came together to provide a function are now mangled forever and cracked in places that were not visible before the crash occurred.
When we are overwhelmed and defeated. Nothing we can do makes a difference so I start to replay things I could have done better and if I had, would it have changed one of the most commonly feared outcome..would they have lived? Would they still have left? Would something I could have done made a difference? Would it have mattered, or did we never have real control of a spiritual outcome with our human nature?
This is the point of no return. (Phantom of the Opera for ya) You can choose if the God you perceive working in your life is a believable God or a betraying God.
It’s something every person will have to choose for himself or herself. No one can make it for us, have enough faith to cover us, or be able to pray it over us enough. God will always be God because He is Sovereign. There is really nothing us humans can change about that. So we have to choose how we let it go from here. It’s personal.
Someone got angry with God. His name was Job. Job had a pretty great thing going and then all of a sudden, the devil strikes a deal in heaven and BAM! All hell begins to breaks loose. Finally, he had HAD it.
“Does it please you [God] to oppress me, to spurn the work of your hands, while you smile on the schemes of the wicked?” Job 10:3
“Surely, O God, you have worn me out; you have devastated my entire household.” Job 16:7
“He [God] throws me into the mud, and I am reduced to dust and ashes. I cry out to you, O God, but you do not answer; I stand up, but you merely look at me.” Job 30:19-20
“Oh, that I had someone to hear me! I sign now my defence – let the Almighty answer me; let my accuser put his indictment in writing.” Job 31:35
“As surely as God lives, who has denied me justice, the Almighty, who has made me taste bitterness of soul…” Job 27:1
“…then know that God has wronged me and drawn his net around me. Though I cry, ‘I’ve been wronged!’ I get no response; though I call for help, there is no justice.” Job 19:6-7
Most people could see that he was getting punked in Bible Times and even his wife says Curse God. But, he couldn’t. Because his God was the beginning and the end for Job. Job was the most righteous man on Earth. And he certainly proved that he deserved the title, but shows us how we can follow in his footsteps ourselves.
“Job can be seen as a metaphor of the suffering believer. How Job reacts to God’s test says something about how we should react to trials. The book asks us to consider our faith. Would we continue to trust God, to love God with all our heart, soul and mind (Matthew 22:37-38) — even while suffering for reasons we don’t understand?” –
What is our answer? We consider our faith. After the first round of testing Believer Round 1, Job gets boils (cannot be fun) and everything he hears is pretty much horrible news after more horrible news. He had to have been numb by this point. But yet, look at his response.
“After these terrible tragedies strike Job, he tears his robe and shaves his head. He falls to the ground in worship, saying, “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” The author of the book of Job is careful to point out, “In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.” –
He chose to praise God. When there is not an ounce of yourself that feels like it. Because your life depends on it. Praise and prayer change things. Permanently. Especially when it’s impossible. We must ask Him to give us faith when we don’t have enough. It’s a promise He gave us. And all we need is the size of a mustard seed to move mountains.