We are living in peculiar times. We’re experiencing unprecedented struggles that have yielded a bold complaint from our heart to God’s ear, “This isn’t fair.” Job, in the Bible, suffered unimaginative loss and pain, repeatedly. When Job couldn’t take it anymore, Job demanded God explain Himself. His heart questioned God. What is this?
Job’s suffering came at a permissive utterance from God. God made a back-room deal with Satan, allowing Satan to attack Job. The book of Job details his struggles, but also his repentance and recovery. Job’s story is good news for us today.
God is writing a book with the details of our struggles and our overcoming. The book God is writing concerning our journey is proving to be a best-seller. Our loved ones will read about the back-room deal God made with Satan at the onslaught of what we thought was going to take us out. They’re going to learn about how we pressed through and made it over. Maybe our book will take 42 chapters as in the book of Job, or perhaps it’ll take more. No matter the length of our book, God will get the glory in all we go through if we’re mindful of the words our heart speaks.
In despair, do we curse God? In disappointment, do we question God without deeper reflection? God understands our frustration in times of uncertainty. He also understands our anger. However, when times of weakness push us to poor choices, we allow our love for God to direct us to an intimate moment of remorse. Our authentic encounter opens the window of experiencing more with God, to include gaining back everything we lost and more.
Hold on! Don’t throw away all you’ve experienced with God! Your better days are ahead.
We are living in the days of spiritual warfare where retreat is not an option and action is necessary. We are living in the days where it is necessary for us to hop down from the pedestals of posturing and celebrity-minded living. Not heeding this necessity makes the guilty parties look foolish, like little girls and boys in adult bodies playing dress up and make believe. There’s no time for this kind of mockery in days where the struggle of life and death is the reality pressing against every generation – from the youngest to the oldest. There is no time for fruitless, deceptive, mindless behavior!
Instead, we, the redeemed, the transformed, the ‘yet holding on’, must show up; we must patch up our wounds and brush ourselves off from the disappointments and uncertainties of life; we must untangle ourselves from our fetal positions of despair; we must dry our weeping eyes; and we must join the fight pressing against us with the full armor of God, standing firm with the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, feet wrapped in peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit.
We must commit to this fight because God is declaring Now is the Time! Now is the time to use what God has already poured into us. Now is the time to use our position of favor to help turn our communities around, our world around – from utter death and destruction. For such a time as this!