THE AFTERMATH | Overcoming Tragedy

Job 27:1-4 NKJV
1“Moreover Job continued his discourse, and said: 2As God lives, who has taken away my justice, And the Almighty, who has made my soul bitter, 3As long as my breath is in me, And the breath of God in my nostrils, 4My lips will not speak wickedness, Nor my tongue utter deceit.”
It’s interesting to see how the book of Job starts in ch.1. We read that it is God who initiates the conversation with Satan about Job. It isn’t Satan who comes to God and asks to test Job. So why would a loving God do such a thing?
God knows the beginning from the end and is not surprised by anyone or anything. I believe the LORD knew how Job would respond and persevere through this, so He was not worried at all about His servant Job. So, if we are going through something difficult, we trust that God knows how we will respond, and He has a plan for that. We can take comfort that the LORD is all of eternity ahead of us, not just a day or a week, but all of eternity and He is able to guide us and help us.
Also, God was actually trying to bless Job, not just test him. We know that in the end Job gets double back for his troubles (Job 42:10). Of course, in our lives it’s difficult to see the blessing at the end when we’re in the middle of a tragedy. But, let us remember that what we go through is not just for our benefit but for the benefit of others and to glorify God.
The life of a true follower/disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ is one of trust through relationship. He says, “trust Me and know that I Am God.” So how can we trust someone we don’t know? We can’t! Our ability to overcome tragedy starts with knowing Jesus; having an intimate relationship with Him, not just head knowledge, so we will be able to trust Him in times of trouble. It isn’t about trying to figure it out or trying to guess what God is up to. So many think we can understand Him, but He never asks us to figure it out or guess what He’s doing. For it is impossible to understand Him (Isa 55:8-9) “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, “says the LORD, for as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts higher than your thoughts.” I know 2 things for sure: there is a God and I’m not Him!
Job repented, at the end of the book in Ch.42, for uttering what he did not understand. Many times, Job said and believed things out of his ignorance about himself and the true nature of God. But even in the midst of his confusion he did not curse God or give up on Him. (Job 2:10) “But he said to his wife, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.

Can we say that about our lives in our walk with Jesus?

Jason Oehrlein

Questions to Consider

1. What questions do you have about God’s nature? Do you pray and ask Him to show you His true nature?
2. What keeps you from trusting Jesus when there is adversity in your life?
3. In what areas of your life do you still not trust Jesus? Are you willing to confess that lack of trust and ask for God’s help in those areas?