- Job 11:17
Darkness has always been something that we humans have often wanted to avoid. Something about the darkness reminds us of evil or the unknown, while light, blessed light has always made us feel safe and secure. It's one of the reasons why God and Jesus have been referred to as being bright and warm. It beckons us, yet we often falter even though we know that we so often do the things that we shouldn't. But forgiveness beckons us if only we will take Him up on His offer.
Poor Job, on the other hand, was a good man who had done nothing seriously wrong, he was devoted to God and tried to live for Him. Yet when the dark angel asked God to give him a chance to make Job falter, God allowed him to do so just as long as he didn't kill Him. God loved Job but saw this as a real challenge where Job could prove just how sound his belief was.
The quote above is from the third and last of Job's friends, Zophar, who told him that he must be suffering due to sin, which Job denied. These "friends" belittled Job for whatever had caused his anguish and failed to believe that he was being honest with them. And Job cried out in agony after losing his family, his wealth and his health, and now even the trust of his friends, as his entire world had fallen apart. Yet he would not blaspheme God as satan sought, for he knew that his future was tied to Jehovah and he lived through his ordeal maintaining his faith.
In this morning's Sunday Morning Coming Down we will talk about Job and what his strength and faith can teach us. Do we want to find a place of comfort, warmth and light or will we settle for eternal darkness? That is the message for the day and each and every one of us must make our own individual choice. It is between us and God.
Here's the link to the show. It will run live at 7:30 a.m. (ET) and will then be available on demand. Maybe you just can't make it to church and want a little spiritual uplift, or maybe you really aren't sure about Our Lord and Savior but want to find out for yourself . Whatever the reason, I hope you will join us for a short message, some Christian music, and short prayer.