Wednesday, January 16, 2013
You ever notice that some of the smallest words are some of the heaviest to carry. Words like "if" and "how" and "when". Then when you pair some of them together, life really gets heavy then. Like, have you ever asked yourself "why me?". I know I have. I have to say that is a mighty heavy question to be such small words.
Though he didn't quite phrase it that way, Job was basically asking the same question "why me". See in just a matter of days if not moments, he lost everything that mattered to him. He lost all of his livestock, his crops, his home, his children, and his health. He was so sick and weary at one point, he thought he might die. In fact his wife told him he should just go ahead and curse God so he would die and get it over with.
I'm sure that the main reasons the little words of "why me?" carried even more weight for Job was because none of those things were brought on as a result of anything he had done. His friends kept telling him that he must have done something wrong to deserve all of that, but he hadn't. God Himself described Job as being blameless. So why all of this death and devastation in his life then?
I'm sure you have been in those kinds of places in your life like Job and I have too. I mean, I know sometimes because of my own poor decisions and my own sinful ways, I bring trouble in my own life. And when I am going through those times, as hard as it may be, I have to admit that I brought that on myself. But what about those other times, the times like Job faced, when you find yourself drowning when you never even intended to go swimming, and your looking around trying to figure out who pushed you in. People treating you bad, and you did nothing to them. Financial problems when you've tried to be smart with your money. Health problems when you been trying to live right for the Lord. Or whatever the case may be. It's in those times that you almost as a reflex cry out to God from the deepest place in your heart ..."WHY ME?!".
If you are reading this, and this is speaking to you, I want you to listen closely. Now, don't get your hopes up. I didn't come to bring an answer to your "Why Me?". There are some things that may not get answered for you, me or Job until we get to heaven. But I did come to bring you two different words that I want you to trade for those two. The words are..."Trust God!". Job and I both have tried trading out those two words and it helped us to get through it. Job said it like this "Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him". Wow, that is powerful. For a man who barely had time to grieve for the loss of all of his children in one tragic event before he fell sick to the point of death to be able to say that. For him to feel like he had no one here on earth to turn to because those left closest to him, his wife and friends, did not understand and were giving him terrible advice, yet he could even utter those words. He had faith enough in his God, who he could not see and at that time could not understand, to say 'Lord, I trust You'.
I know you didn't ask for this, neither did I, but if you have given your heart to Christ, then God is your Father, and He is a really good one. Even though it doesn't look like it, He has your best in mind, and He will make sure that all things work out for your good. You'll see. But for now, to grab on to "Trust God!", you have to let go of "Why Me?"