Reading with the Pastor
Psalm 41, Mark 13, and Job 10
Job, the man of God, minus his family, minus his wealth, minus his health, minus the friends he thought he had is in the throes of depression.
“I loathe my life;
I will give free utterance to my complaint;
I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.” (Job 10:1)
This thought has already taken up residence in his life (cf. Job 9:21). And who can blame him? He has lost everything and even his wife has turned from God (Job 2:9).
But Job, the man of God, hasn’t.
He is bitter. He is depressed. He loathes his life. He is giving full vent to his complaint. He is confused. He wants answers. He wants a response.
But he did not turn his back on God.
Think about that. What would your life look like if Satan went to God and said . . .
“Does Job fear God for no reason? 10 Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 11 But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.”
12 And the Lord said to Satan,
“Behold, all that he has is in your hand. Only against him do not stretch out your hand.”
So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.
Would your faith survive?
Would you be able to say with Job,
“For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last, he will stand upon the earth.” (Job 19:25)
Would you be able to say with Habakkuk,
7 Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls,
18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation. (Habakkuk 3:17-18)
Would you be able to say with Paul,
7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. . . .
16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, (2 Corinthians 4:7-17)