“Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him; but I will argue mine own ways before Him” Job 13:15 (KJ21)
Think of a time when you have re-seen a movie or re-read a book - did it seem much different than remembered? What changed more, the movie/book, or you? Recently my wife & I listened to music from our trip last year to South America, and it sounded very different. I checked and the music had not changed, but we had.
Though for most of us the Book of Job is already a familiar story, I encourage everyone to allow God to bring fresh views to us today and this week as together we explore Job and its relevance of his story and wisdom to us today.
When I was going through a very difficult time (“in the crucible”), I wasn’t just asking God for help getting through the day, at times I needed His help just to get through the next moment, … and the next moment, and the next moment,.... During that time, I hung tightly to “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him.” because as difficult and unclear as the situation got, there was only Plan A to trust HIm and no Plan B (or C, …). My response was similar to Peter’s response “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68). When (what turned out to be half-way through) it felt like the Lord took me out of the oven (like a loaf of bread), examined me, said “Nope, half-baked” then put me back in the oven & turned up the heat.
The Navy Seals have a phrase that “The only easy day was yesterday.” Meaning: When constantly pushing yourself to excel, there will be challenges that can make everyday a battle. But when you work hard every day and see what you are now capable of – yesterday seems easy.
Though my difficult time never got as bad as Job’s troubles nor was I tested to the level of elite military training, my time of testing and of tempering was necessary to get through a needed deep change in my own life. Now, as I look back at that time though it was difficult, I am now a different person and am grateful that the Lord did not leave me where I was before the trial.
Throughout the trial I never wavered, hanging on (tightly) to Job 13:15.
Daily Battle Order:
You will face trials & battles today (and some days can feel more difficult than other days). God has grace for each of us that is sufficient for today. However, God’s strength & grace does us no good when just sitting on a shelf. so right now (as you read this) spend time with God asking Him for the strength of His Spirit to get you today, or even the next moment.
As you draw nearer to Jesus, you too can look back at yesterday and say “the easy day was yesterday”.
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