Talk about a bad week. On Monday you are the richest person around. You have the big home, fancy cars, fabulous marriage to a devoted partner for decades, and more children than you can imagine (10 to be exact you actually like them and they you). Business or work is going great and growing abundantly. You’re well liked and respected. You have friends to numerous to count. And to top it all off, you have a rich relationship with God and recognize that He gave you everything you have. He made you everything that you are. Life is GOOD!
Then, one day a horrible accident happens and all of your children die.
All the things you need in your business are wiped out … if you’re a rancher all your animals die, a farmer then your crops are wiped out. Into computers, a virus hits all your computers and wipes them out. Whatever tool, it doesn’t work any longer.
Then you become horribly ill. Your spouse leaves you or dies. Your friends start questioning you and your beliefs and your methods.
What do you do? Where are you at now? Where do you go?
Job suffered all this and more and he knew through every event where to go and what to do. He know that God allowed nothing to happen that wasn’t the start of something new. Job had hope, even in his darkest days.
Job recognized, knew and declared, that all that he owned, all that he had wasn’t his in the first place. It was his to care for, but ultimately it was, and is all, Gods.
The basis of Job’s confidence can be found in the book of Psalms. This same foundation can be ours on those dark days. Those days when we feel like we’re in a pit and there is no ladder. Those days where the doors of sin are open and creeping into our light and we don’t remember how to find or close them.
The hopes of the poor will never die. –Psalm 9:18 (NCV)
I’m always amazed at the beautiful, perfect prayers sprinkled throughout God’s words. Here is the prayer for today. May your hope, through His verses here and the knowledge of His presence revive hope in you now or when you feel empty.