Dec 15th 2021
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‘My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle and come to their end without hope. “Remember that my life is a breath; my eye will never again see good”’ (Job 7:6-7).
With long nights of tossing and turning and hopeless, pain-filled days, Job falls deeper into the darkness that has surrounded him.
The ‘valley of the shadow of death’ (Psalm 23:4) is all he can see. As he contemplates his current state, Job becomes more agitated, and more desperate and depressed. He can’t stay quiet. He must speak out with his weeping and bitter soul!
You know, if we believe that this life is all there is and that we don’t come back from death, it’s pretty distressing and depressing. This is what many non-believers think. With no faith in God or everlasting life, all that is left is the despair of a time spent heading ever closer to the dark abyss of nothingness. What hopelessness they may feel, especially when life isn’t working out very well. Others may have a belief in a shadowy hereafter they can’t be sure about.
Praise God for Christ Jesus, who changes these things for us and changes our perspective of the trials of life: ‘So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison’ (2 Corinthians 4:16-17). Knowing Jesus, we can have assurance that death is not the end! There is a coming resurrection and the death of death itself!
Pause and reflect: Perhaps you are going through something right now that requires you to cry out to God. Remind yourself of the relationship that you have with Him. Today is a new day, a new chance to set your affections and troubles on Christ, that His peace may once again rest in the citadel of your heart.
© Victory Church UK 2022