Over the past 12 years as a pastor, and over 5 years as a chaplain for Emergency Services, I have heard this statement numerous times: “I don’t know how I am going to make it.” I’ve heard it while doing a death notification, standing beside someone as their loved one took their last breath, and as someone sat down in my office to share with me they had cancer - just to name a few. No matter what the situation I am sure many of us have heard, or even thought, the same statement.
Job is a very interesting man to study in the Bible. He was a man that loved God and was blessed by Him. In a matter of just a few moments Job went from having 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, 500 donkeys, 10 kids and many servants to losing everything except his house, wife, and four servants. “In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.” (Job 1:22) There’s no doubt this was a major storm in Job’s life, but not once does the Bible say that Job blames God for what he is going through. The good news is that, despite this sudden and devastating loss, Job made it through his storm. I think it’s safe to say that most of us, if we found ourselves in a situation similar to Job’s, would be thinking, “I don’t know how I’m going to make it.” So the question is, how did Job make it?
Job had the right relationship. “The LORD gave, and the LORD taketh away;” (Job 1:21) When Job hit the lowest point in his life he didn’t have his children to turn to because they were dead. His friends had pretty much turned their backs on him and accused him of living in sin. Job’s wife said, “curse God, and die.” We’ve all had those times in our lives where it feels like everyone has forsaken us. To Job it didn’t just seem this way, it was his reality.
The way Job made it through this difficult time in his life was by leaning on his relationship with the LORD. LORD in this passage is referring to Jehovah the one true God. We would all love to live in a world where there are no problems, no heartaches, no death, no disease, etc. However, Job also said, “Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.” We will face hard days, sometimes hard weeks, and even hard months. But during those times, if we have a right relationship with the LORD, we have someone to run to that is a “present help in trouble.”
This week don’t focus on your trouble; focus on your relationship with LORD and allow Him to help you make it. The only way we will ever make it is with His help!