Topic: Winning in Crisis
TEXT: Job 1:13-22
And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house;
And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them;
And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldean’s made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house;
And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,
And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither; the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.
In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.
“In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.” – (Job 1:22)
Horatio G. Spafford had a beautiful family of six. His business was almost ruined by the inferno in Chicago in 1871. While battling with that, Ana, his wife and four daughters suffered shipwreck. Tragically, all the four daughters drowned leaving their mother. Nine days later, the wife was able to contact Spafford by telegraph with a short message “saved alone – what shall I do?” While Spafford was going to meet his wife through the next available ship, the Captain of the ship pointed out the spot where the shipwreck took place. Reflecting over it, Spafford penned down the words of the song that we know today as “It is well with my soul”.
The story of all the calamities that befell Job in the passage under consideration is not new to any Bible reader. He lost all, including his children. The loss was monumental, the grief was unimaginable. However, in the midst of it all, he maintained an uncommon calm that only God can give. He blessed God and resolved not to sin in thought, word or deed.
Life is a battle. Often, we are tempted, tried and troubled so much to make us despair. However, we must note that many giants of faith are baked in the furnace of trials. What makes a man triumph is the ability to withstand sore trials without breaking. The stuff a person is made of can only be tested in times of adversity.
As children of God, we need to come to the point of totally surrendering all to Jesus. We should watch out for and resist our attachment to the things of this world. The negative vicissitudes of life may come in quick succession like a torrential rain, putting great pressure on our heart. But we must know that suicide is not the solution neither quitting from God’s service. Having strong faith in God when all hope is lost is the secret of triumph.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
“The darker it gets, the more we should sing”.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
2 Samuel 17-18
DCLM Daily Manna 12th June 2021 Deeper Life Devotional Message was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.