Apologies for the late post. Today God put it on my heart to share Job 11:13-20
“13 If only you would prepare your heart and lift up your hands to him in prayer! 14Get rid of your sins, and leave all iniquity behind you. 15Then your face will brighten with innocence. You will be strong and free of fear. 16You will forget your misery; it will be like water flowing away. 17Your life will be brighter than the noonday. Even darkness will be as bright as morning. 18Having hope will give you courage. You will be protected and will rest in safety. 19You will lie down unafraid, and many will look to you for help. 20But the wicked will be blinded. They will have no escape. Their only hope is death.”
With this passage in mind, I want us to think. We all face trials in life. We all face problems that we think we cannot handle or deal with. But let’s compare ourselves to Job. He lost EVERYTHING. His family, wealth, and health. Interesting enough, he also was very very frustrated and didn’t understand why God did what He did. He eventually kept complaining and crying out in dispair.
Zophar’s response to Job’s frustration and dispair was perfect and right on. He was basically telling Job “listen brother, if only you would lift your hands in prayer and ask for forgiveness, leave your iniquities behind you, then your life will improve, your happiness will be restored, your fear will be gone, your life will brighten up, you will have courage.”
If only we would pay attention to these words, if only we applied these words to our troubles and miseries. Nobody can live a life without struggle and strife. We will all face trials, temptations, and tribulations at some point, but the point of them, is to test our faith. Through them we are supposed to be built in faith! They are supposed to make us stronger and more courageous. It sounds crazy maybe, that when we are facing the toughest struggle of our life, when we might lose a job, family member, friend, all three, or even something else, that we should praise God and give Him all the glory even in those times.
Zophar tells us that if we do this, God will help us. If we have faith in God, if we repent, if we leave the past behind and focus on Him in the present, He will help us persevere. He will help us overcome! He will renew us.
Let’s pray that we can lift our hands in prayer and give God the glory even in our toughest and hardest times. Let’s pray that when times of struggle come, that we can truly be faithful servants.
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