Job 6:11 – What is my strength, that I should hope? and what is mine end, that I should prolong my life?
Hello readers, hope you are all safe and sound, and we are once again continuing in Job today, and once again there is a coronavirus theme to my blog today. The Bible is written for us and relevant to our lives today, and all over the world this virus is causing carnage. It’s the fear that’s the worst, and a fear that’s a poison, poisoning even saved people’s faith in the Lord. Something like all this can be a good thing, it can sort out what our life is truly all about, and who we truly are. Who’s going to trust God? Job’s faith was tried in the fire of boils, of family loss, of financial ruin, of accusing friends… it was all upside down and impossible to sort out. It takes God to sort things out, and he may take us beyond our capacities so that we will trust him. And we know that we all will go through fiery trials in our lives. We are not to think it’s strange when we do.
People are looking for a hero. This world is looking for a hero. But it ain’t looking for the Lord Jesus Christ. And a hero will rise one day in the near future, but a hero that is not the Lord Jesus Christ… and who will be as fatal to follow as those who chose to follow Absalom in his revolt against king David. But we want deliverance from this plague. But where is the deliverance coming from? What are we looking to? Who are we looking to? We are looking in the wrong place for deliverance. We are waiting for a deliverance from man. Job said… what is my strength, that I should hope? Job knew he couldn’t deliver himself. Job was in a real predicament, he couldn’t figure out what on earth was going on, it was WAY beyond his ability to understand and his ability to sort out. The fact is that as much as he thinks he does, and as much as he wants to… man doesn’t have the answers. Sure we have our science and technology and our wherewithal and all that, and even much of it may be good and beneficial to living life here… but ultimately the solution to your life lies in the Lord, not in man. There is no hope in man, so why do we look for the deliverance of man? In John 2 when Jesus did his miracles, the Bible says that many believed on him… but that Jesus did not commit himself to man, because he knew all men, and knew what was in man. Don’t kid yourself you and I aren’t that great.
What strength does man really have to deliver himself? What hope is in man? What strength do you have to save yourself, much less others? What hope is there in the institutions of man? The philosophies of man? The wisdom of man? Think about it. All men sin, all men lie, all men are fallen, all men die. In this time of coronavirus people are looking for a hero, they are looking to government, they are looking to experts, they are looking to doctors… but why aren’t’ they looking to the Lord Jesus Christ? It seems so stupid not to go to the Creator, but to a mere mortal, as hopeless and helpless as yourself. No man can deliver you from death, and if not coronavirus, something else will get you. Death has claimed everyone to have ever walked the planet, you will be no exception. Who can deliver you from that? There is only one in whom death more than met it’s match. Death couldn’t hold Jesus Christ, he arose from the dead. You only win through him. No man can deliver you from the penalty, the power and the presence of sin. We are all sinners, we do wrong in thought and deed constantly, and that is a virus even worse than coronavirus, with an outcome far worse and far more lasting than coronavirus.
I was thinking today how the Bible repeats itself. You know… Israel was looking for deliverance at the time of Jesus Christ. They were under Roman occupation, they were looking for a hero. They were looking for national deliverance, but they weren’t looking for deliverance from sin. That’s where they got hung up. They wanted a king, but they didn’t need a Saviour. People want to be saved from coronavirus, but they still don’t want to get right with God and be forgiven of their sins. How can all these things happening like earthquakes and bushfires and viruses still not alert people to how feeble and frail and futile man is. Man is a disaster, a disaster of his own choosing. We are all nothing. Job embarked on a long debate with his friends, but there was no clarity till God spoke. We need to get back to God’s word, we just need to trust him. His word is clear, and his word provides clarity in the darkness. Hang on his every word. He’s provided it for us. He spoke to Job… and he asked him do you know this, do you understand that, can you do this… and so on. He’s way ahead of us, and he wants us to trust him, instead of doubting his goodness, instead of distrusting and disputing and arguing. Just trust him. We have no strength to pull ourselves out our mess, we don’t have the solutions, we need to stop looking to man, we need to start looking to the Lord God Almighty. The Lord Jesus is the solution to the dire straits we find ourselves in, beyond our control, beyond our capacity to deal with, beyond our strength. He has the strength, let GOD be your strength… trust in Jesus today.
Hi, my name is Joseph Zadow. I am a 30 y/o Bible Blogger. I was new to blogging once! God’s word is the best thing that we can be given, and once we have it and know it for ourselves it is both a privilege and responsibility to bring it to others! We are blessed to be a blessing! I am a sinner (for sure!) saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ and I am a Lord Jesus Christ follower. He is faithful even though I rarely am to him. I believe the Bible is the word of God, and stake my life on it. My destination is heaven. As they say, I’m just a passin’ through this world… although most of the time it’s more like hangin’ by a thread in Jericho! I love playing sports – particularly cricket… I currently work on an orchard and a side hobby business of mine is growing vegetables etc – they are good for you! I love writing. Always happy to talk, so feel free to leave a comment. You can read more about me and my blog here – kjvbibletruth.com/about :)