Archive for March 30th, 2015

Stable in the Storm

March 30, 2015

Job was a man who had been blessed by God.  He had a large family and he was materially wealthy.  He was a faithful servant of God.  One day, God allowed him to be tested to the breaking point.  In a single day his children died, and all of his material goods were lost.  His response is classic.

I.  Job’s Response to Loss:  Job 1:20-22

Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. 21 And he said:

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
And naked shall I return there.
The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away;
Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

22 In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.

This response to loss has become the ideal by which believer’s measure their own response to loss.  We do not always measure up.  Fear, anger, depression, sorrow, are all a part of how we may respond in ways that fall short.

Job handled the initial loss so well, that God allowed him to be tested even further.  His health was the next area to be attacked.  Even his wife encouraged him to abandon his faith.  Job held firm.

II.  Job’s Response to Illness:  Job 2:9-10

Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!”

10 But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.

The ability to accept both good and adversity is an ability we should all desire.  The ability to remain stable in the storms of life is a wonderful testimony of a mature faith.

III.  Stable in the Storm

A.  Seek God

Psalms 37:4

Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

If our delight is in the Lord, God will be our source of strength and stability.  If our greatest desire is to know God, God will reveal Himself to us.  Our joy, our delight, should be foremost in our relationship with God.  No one can take that from us.

Romans 8: 38-39

 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

B.  Serve God

Colossians 3:23

 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,

We serve God in all areas of our life.  It is not just in going to church, giving, praying and so forth.  We can serve God by how we live, how we work, how we play; in all areas of our life.

Romans 12:1

 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

We give our whole lives to God, not just a portion of them.

C.  All Good Gifts: James 1:17

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

As we seek God, and serve God, He will bless us with a variety of gifts.  Sometimes those gifts can become a threat to our relationship with God.    It is important that we always seek the Giver, not the gifts.

God is to be, and remain, our true source of stability in the storms of life.

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