Job 3:26 – I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came.
Hello all, continuing in Job today. I have been endeavoring to go through the book chronologically, and for the most part it’s turned out that way, but have made a few step forwards and back as we’ve gone along. Often you can go past something and only get something out of it later. That’s the Bible, God may not show you what things mean at the time, but if you read it and meditate upon it and store it in your heart, the Holy Spirit will minister it to your heart when the need arises. Different parts of the Bible become relevant and applicable to you at different times in your life.
So what did Job mean by what he said in the verse quoted above? Well, he was expressing how we all feel when God “interrupts” our life. You see, we all like a normal, predictable, comfortable life. It’s not necessarily good for us, but it’s familiar and it’s routine and it’s convenient. And Job to a certain extent had that. His life had been hedged round about by God, things were going pretty well day after day. Job had a regular life, that’s the way we like it right… and this hit him from nowhere. I myself know this fact of loving a comfortable life… I like to live in my comfort zone. As humans, we tend to get comfortable and settled in normalcy and familiarity of life. Look at the world at the moment, it has been rocked by the coronavirus pandemic, shaking the world out of the normalcy and predictability it has become so embedded and comfortable in. It’s why people fear so much, because uncertainty… but if you are a Christian, wow we might have to actually trust God!? The fact is, in the normalcy and comfort and convenience… spiritual growth doesn’t usually happen in these times. We don’t grow as Christians. God lets these things happen to sort out who’s who and what’s what.
The thing is… that in all this normalcy, predictability and comfort… as nice as it is… we don’t grow spiritually and we in fact can grow cold on God. We can grow apart from God in these times. The Bible says in Deuteronomy 32:11,12 – As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: So the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him. This is of course referring to God taking Israel out of Egypt to go into the promised land. But look at the picture of the mother eagle that the Bible provides, and one thing in particular. She stirs her nest… why is that? Because her young would get comfortable otherwise, they wouldn’t get moving in life and they wouldn’t learn to fly and hunt their own food. Likewise, God wants to stir things up, people have gotten so comfortable in their sinful lives, in a life apart from God, and Christians have grown so entrenched in their apostasy. Things like this may well be unwelcome, but maybe God is using it to stir things up, to shake things up. It’s hard to see how something like this can be good… but look at Job, he didn’t see much good in what he was going through at the time either… but it was ultimately for his good. Just look at his end versus his beginning.
The Lord God shakes things up. God gets involved in things. Look how this world has been going, it’s just going about in it’s darkness. A world built apart from the Lord Jesus Christ and his word… and comfortable in it. We need to be stirred up and shaken. And what will remain after the shaking? Hebrews 12:26,27 – Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. God shakes things… and there’s a big shaking coming in the future, but practically in our lives, God lets us be shaken. And it can be for our good. It will determine what your life really is all about, what your life is really based on. Because if your life is built upon the rock of Jesus Christ, you may go through a shaking, but Jesus in your life will remain. Make Jesus Christ the foundation for your life, he is the only sure foundation to build upon. 1 Corinthians 3:11 – For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Job’s life was shaken good and proper, look at all he went through… but because his life was built upon the rock we see that he came through the other side.
Even if we know or don’t know how this virus came all about… be sure that God is way ahead of this thing. Satan thought he had figured out a way to get Job, but God was ahead of Satan. If coronavirus was released intentionally, then God is working an even greater purpose than those who released it who think they are in control. If it truly did just break out from unclean unsanitary meat markets, then God has allowed it to happen at this time for a reason. God used all sorts of plagues through the Bible to shake things up. usually they were for judgement or to wake people up. We all need to wake up. Wake up to what matters in life… to WHO matters, the Lord Jesus Christ. If you are really his and if you trust him, know that he is in control and he is a faithful Creator. Yes, it’s nice to live a comfortable and convenient little life. But that’s what we want, not what we really need. We like to live with a don’t bother me God attitude. Don’t upset the apple cart God. We don’t want to have to actually live by faith! To actually rely on God! To actually trust him! But sometimes living our normal little lives is not for our good, both now or eternally. God wants to shake things up, and he will as needed. Not to hurt us or harm us, but for our good. Job couldn’t see the good, but God was working good through it all. God lets trouble come, yet trouble came… but Jesus said in John 14:1 – Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. Trouble may come, but trouble meets its match in the Lord Jesus Christ. Trust him today.
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