Sorrow has beset us round about, that we often want to ask, “So God, are you really watching?” Our inherited nature (of sin) has somewhat tuned our lives into the frequency of sorrow. “Man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble.” (Job 14:1) The days of mankind on earth is few yet filled with various problems until death says sound sleep.
What would you do when troubles give you a punch in the face?
Let’s consider these illustrations;
A 46 year old woman who loses her entire family (husband and 4 children) in an accident whiles travelling to their village for a funeral. Two days later her house help dies in a fire outbreak, which causes the whole house to burn into ashes.
Or maybe a vibrant student fellowship president, who studies hard, attends all lectures yet fails every paper. Through his ministry many students have had testimonies but he keeps seeing pain and failure.
Or a girl, 15 whose father dies unexpectedly whiles she is in high school leaving her with an unemployed mother and 26 year old drug addict brother. She drops out of high school to hawk on the streets.
Or a pastor who fast and prays often, renders his tithes and offerings faithfully, teaches the unadulterated Word of God with power and evangelises regularly, yet his church refuses to grow.
These illustrations are not from the reservoir of my imaginations only, but instances which do happen in life. But when such and even worst things happen, what should we do?
Some people may easily forsake God, and call Him bad names. Most people will stop going to church and (or) think that God isn’t powerful. In the midst of troubles or sorrows saints must do one thing – worship God. It isn’t a very good idea to try to find answers to why things like these happen to children of God.
Consider Job: Sabeans stole his oxen and asses and additionally killed his servants (1:14, 15), lightning destroyed his sheep, as well as his servants (1:16), Chaldeans took his camels (1:17), a tornado blew down the house, killing his sons and daughters (1:18), sore boils broke out all over his body (2:7) and in frustration, his wife encouraged him to curse God and die (2:9). Finally his friends came to accuse him (2:11).
In the midst of all these things, “Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped.” (Job 1:20) Perhaps you don’t know Job? He wasn’t an angel. Neither was he a super human. He was a man with like passions who understood the principle of depending fully on God. Job worshiped. We ought to worship God whether in good times or in bad situations. The days of man may be filled with troubles but the heart of God’s children should be filled with worship.
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