“Does Job fear God for nothing?“ Satan replied. “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread through the land.” Job 1:9-10
My hubby and I enjoy starting our day reading the Bible together. He makes his coffee; I make a brain freeze, and we snuggle up on the sofa. He follows along in his leather-covered Bible and I on my phone ap. We also listen to the reader. We stop to discuss, glean something new and apply it in our own lives. We encourage each other and then we pray together.
Today we were reading in Job. As I thought about the scriptures we’d read, I shared that we know how this goes, because we’ve read it before. We know his wife remains bitter, and he is restored with a new family. Sometimes teachers are hard on Job’s wife. She too lost all her sons and daughters, her grandchildren, and suffered in the loss of their wealth. And then she watched her husband as he daily scraped his boils with broken shards of pottery. Broken hearted, grieving, and angry with God. Job worshipped the God who had blessed them throughout the years, whereas his wife said, ‘Curse God and die.’ (Job 2:9)
That brought up how do we approach suffering in our own lives. We know so many people who are suffering from cancer even as I write this. Men who served in Viet Nam with my hubby, neighbors, and friends. And others who are going through battles of other kinds, relationships, loss, issues at work. Some lament and become angry with God, as Job’s wife did, and others remember the blessings. Great loss only comes after great blessings.
Job could not have known that his suffering came because of his devotion. But he trusted in the One who had also put a hedge about him and his family.
My son-in-law lost his brother-in-law today after a battle with cancer. The young man fought to beat the illness, and although he lost the physical fight, a recent note to my son-in-law assures us he won the Good Fight. Below are some of his own words;
‘The beauty of having my Lord & Savior in my heart and life is the peace and contentment that fills my soul, especially in times like now.’
‘I fully believe God’s healing power can come upon me at anytime and pray this is His Will for me. We all must realize – in a very tangible way – we all are day to day.’
‘I am not discouraged. My heart is filled with peace.’
This young man has left a legacy of strength, hope, and faith. God did not abandon him, but has received him home.
We will continue to pray that God keep a hedge around our loved ones; that He bless the work of their hands. We also pray His will to be done, because we don’t know the scope of the plans He has for us — whether it be by our lives, or by our passing.