How Quickly Things Change (Job 14-16)

I was at ease, and he broke me apart;
    he seized me by the neck and dashed me to pieces;
he set me up as his target; Job 16:12

It happens every time I read the book of Job. In spite of all my efforts to read Job with fresh eyes, I always at some point in my studies arrive at the old familiar ground of thinking about how quickly things change. When I consider Job I see him on top of things and then I see things on top of him. Job’s own testimony is of being at ease and then in the next moment being totally upside down.

Years ago, I heard an evangelist speak on Job 16:12. His sermon had a profound impact on my life. I can still remember his question. He asked it over and over in the message. I can still hear his boom voice as he asked, “if God took away all of your comforts (ease) would you still love and serve Him?”

Brothers and sisters, our friend Job faced such a moment in his life. The longer the trial lasted the more questions Job had. In Job 14:3 Job asked God to hide him until His wrath was complete. Brothers and sisters, I am reminded of how quickly things can get turned up-side down and I am reminded of how quickly they can be turned right side up.

Its true that no one wants to not be at ease. I can honestly write, I am not asking God for uneasy times. But I know and you know they will come (14:1). Tim Delina wrote, “We cannot determine what comes our way, but we can determine how we respond.”

Job was able to respond in faith because he had the correct foundation. I truly came away from my studies today asking God to strengthen my foundations in my times of ease so that I can stand in times when difficulty arises. I believe the writer of Hebrews helps us today:

We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, Hebrews 6:19

28 Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, Hebrews 12:28

Two questions for our time in the Word:

  1. What have your recent storms taught you?
  2. How will you restructure your times of ease knowing what you know now?

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