In 2008, my life hit a low point. I stepped down from the job I loved. I could no longer play for church, go to concerts, act in the local community theater, wear contacts, or leave the house without taking steroids.
I asked God “Why?”
He was silent.
My friends stopped calling. My family went on with their busy lives. I was alone most of the time. I grew very close to God. He’s the only one who never left. I was like Jacob at Peniel, (which means “face of God”).
“In essence God told Jacob, ‘Now we can get down to business. Cooperate, and trust Me. I’ll make the changes you want, and I’ll bless you.'”
“God’s Answers to Life’s Difficult Questions” Rick Warren
I could relate to Job. I felt like I had lost everything, even though I had not. Eczema was my tormentor. I could understand why Job scraped himself with broken pieces of pottery.
“It also shows that God is in control and we are not, and that we cannot require God to give us a reason for what He chooses to do.” Modern English Version Introduction to the book of Job
When life changes this drastically, people assume you have committed a great sin. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Psalms 73 describes the wicked as:
- Boastful and prosperous, v. 3.
- Pain-free and fat, v. 4.
- Not in trouble or plagued, v. 5.
- Having more than a heart can wish, v. 7.
- Always at ease, v. 12.
Job lost all his children, his riches, his source of income, and lastly, his health. What did he do wrong? Nothing.
Job 1:1, “There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job. That man was blameless and upright, fearing God and avoiding evil.” Modern English Version
People accuse the innocent every day. We cannot look to this world for justice.
“Only in God’s courtroom can a person experience redress for such attacks.” New International Version Study Bible Notes on Psalms 5:9
Everything can go horribly wrong even when we are doing everything right. But, God is our vindicator. Trust Him. God gave back Job double for his trouble.
Hebrews 10:35, “So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you.” New Living Translation
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