Some days... I am at a loss.
I have belief, but my faith put into action, lacks much.
Tho, never so much as Job.
Certain of God's power.
Definite about His justice.
But unable to know the depth of His mercy.
he stands alone, mocked and ridiculed by his friends.
But as Job's anger toward them rises,
it sets his argument against them...
and in favor of God.
And now there is a ray of hope glimmering...
as Job defends the case that he will bring before the Lord.
And his grief is put aside for just a moment
as he proclaims God's sovereign excellence.
But I would speak to the Almighty,
And I desire to reason with God.
But you forgers of lies,
You are all worthless physicians.
Oh, that you would be silent... (v 3-5)
Will you speak wickedly for God,
And talk deceitfully for Him?
Will you show partiality for Him?
Will you contend for God?
Will it be well when He searches you out?
Or can you mock Him as one mocks a man?
He will surely rebuke you... (v 7-10)
Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.
Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him.
He also shall be my salvation... (v 15-16)
And when the reasoning turns from his friends,
back to his own defense...
Sadly, Job goes back to the negative side;
eroding all his hope.
But as a mountain falls and crumbles away,
And as a rock is moved from its place;
As water wears away stones,
And as torrents wash away the soil of the earth;
So You destroy the hope of man.
And Job has returned to mourning.
So maybe this is not unlike my own trials...
yours and mine alike.
When we begin to see a glimmer of hope,
a dream, a purpose...
that shines brightly for even a moment.
But then we let the doubt of our mind overshadow...
erode, wash over, even crush the dream;
saying, "I never will be able..." or,
"It's just too big,... to hard... to much..."
But could it be that instead...
God wants to see a bit more of our determination?
Even in the midst of a trial, a desert, a hard place?
When we are barely hanging on to hope...
maybe that's exactly when God wants to see what we really want.
Maybe that's when we need to
turn toward the very God who sowed the seed of that dream,
and tell Him you still want the dream to come true.
Ask Him to give renewed strength,
resources needed to complete all He has for you.
Because He just may be waiting to see if it is really your dream too!
Word of God... train me, today...
to hang onto hope...
to persist in the positive...
and not to let the landslide of doubt carries away my purpose.
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