The shadow of a looming mountain darkened my face as I crumbled to my knees, little did I know the mountains I would face. Subconscious battles raged of what might and might not be. Seeking the Lord for peace, for wisdom, for direction, my heartstrings drew me to the book of Job. A difficult read, long winded dissertations which challenged an already weary mind for focus and lucidity.
Job was a man of great wealth and respect in the region. He revered God and was so righteous the Almighty spoke of him to angels.
“Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” Job 1:8 NIV
Satan challenged that had Job not been so blessed, he would have surely cursed God. The Lord allowed such a test up to the point of death. Job lost all his possessions, his family and was stricken with illness and great pain.
Job said, “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing. Job 1:21-22 NIV
In suffering constant pain, through frustration and anguish, he never blamed God, for good and evil falls upon the good and the evil alike. No matter his plight nor the day his suffering would cease, he held to the hope he would see God.
I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end He will stand on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me! Job 19:25-27 NIV
When Job’s time of trial had ended, the Lord was pleased with his faith and restored his health and wealth two-fold.
The Lord giveth, the Lord taketh away, the Lord restoreth. The only constant in our lives is the immeasurable Love of God and His Abundant Grace. Our hope is in Him for only He can restore us as with Job.
If you are in a season of plenty, of ease, of strength, trust in God for it could be gone in an instant. If a season of little, of hardship, of weakness, trust in God all the more for you could be restored just as quickly.
Our Hope is in the Lord for He and only He restoreth.
How my heart yearns within me! Job 19:27 NIV
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