This is a verse from the Bible that keeps coming to mind, in the light of tragedy upon tragedy occurring in our nation. It seems as if it is true,
“There are many who say,
Who will show us any good?”Psalm 4:6.
But we are encouraged through the darkness to focus on the ‘helpers’.
This immediately helps us to focus on what is good.
There is a Helper that we cannot see. He often speaks in a secret and a quiet place.
Jesus said, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God. And trust in Me…John 14:1.
“If you love Me, you will do the things I command. I will ask the Father, and He will give You another Helper. He will give you this Helper to be with you forever.”John 14:15,16.
A forever Helper?
Apparently Job had this kind of Helper with him.
You see Job had 7,000 sheep and 3,000 camels. I can’t even imagine what that would be like-but there must have been a lot of land and a lot of servants!
In a moment the Bible says, “Lightning from God feel from the sky. It burned up the sheep and the servants.”Job 1:16. And that same day raiders came and attacked and stole the camels and killed all those servants.
Job also owned 500 pairs of oxen, 500 female donkeys AND a large number of servants to care for them, that same day – animals stolen, servants killed.
But the very worst was yet to come, while a servant who escaped death was telling him this horrible tragedy, another messenger came only to tell him that all of his 10 children had been killed in what seemed like a hurricane.
Unbearable news. How can this be in the Bible? Is this good news?
Job heard all of this. It says that he got up, tore his robe, shaved his head and then he bowed down to the ground to worship God. He said:
“I was naked when I was born. And I will be naked when I die.
the Lord gave these things to me. And He has taken them away.
“Blessed be the name of the Lord.”Job 1:20,21.
Job did not blame God. And to think that we get a glimpse of what was REALLY going on; Satan trying to prove to God that Job only loved Him because of all God’s goodness relished on him.
So Satan went back to God and God spoke about Job: “You caused Me to ruin him for for no good reason,(without a cause). But he continues to be without blame.” so Satan responded to God and said, “…reach out Your hand and destroy his own flesh and bones. Then he will curse You to Your face.”
We know the story, from the top of his head to the soles of his feet his body was covered with painful sores!
But do you know, do you remember how Job responded after weeks of this, and add some miserable friends as comforters?
There was a spirit of God, alive in Job. Loss of everything, and here’s what Job said, (among other things, chapters of dialogue):
“Oh, that my words were written!
Oh, that they were inscribed in a book!
That they were engraved on a rock with an iron pen and lead, forever!
For I know that my Redeemer lives,
And He shall stand at last on the earth;
and after my skin is destroyed, this I know,
That in my flesh I shall see God…” Job 19:23-26.
WHO will show us any good? Well, Job just did. This is good news!
And that is the bottom line for you and for me.
Do you know that your Redeemer lives?
We must live today knowing that our Redeemer lives.
Just as in that Hymn, that “Christ has regarded my helpless estate, and He shed His own blood for my soul. It is well with my soul.
“Christ has truly been raised from death – the first one and proof that those who are asleep in death will also be raised.
Death comes to everyone because of what one man did.
But the rising from death also happens because of one Man. In Adam all of us die.
In the same way,
in Christ all of us will be made alive again.”1 Cor. 15:20-22.
Verses came from the International Children’s Bible today, because we know that Jesus loves the little children, however, in face of tragedy, aren’t you comforted by the simplicity?
“Who will show us any good?”
The Holy Spirit, the Comforter, the Helper- in a still small voice, every time, without fail.
(I wonder if Job could sing?)