In the world but not of it

December 10, 2010

Pressing…

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In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God. Job 1:22

Crisis has a way of pressing us. Similar to the process of extracting fine olive oil, the pressure in our lives that often comes is something God uses to draw out the most precious and useful aspects of who we are. Sometimes what comes out initially may not seem too tasty but as the Lord continues his work in the life of a person who loves Him the result is often pure.

To say that Job did not sin by blaming God in “all of this” is to give us an example of such crushing pressure in the life of one man and to see that although he grieved, he did not cast aside the sovereignty of God or his faith in Him. Job pressed on…

A Roman Philosopher from the 1st century observed “Most men ebb and flow in wretchedness between the fear of death and the hardship of life; they are unwilling to live, and yet they do not know how to die.”

Do you see the truth in that statement? Would you agree that many people, even believers, are afraid to step out, to venture in faith for fear of loss or pain? Here we see Job just going about his daily life and yet the sovereign hand of God allowed such trials. I know people who get stressed about reading the book of Job because they convince themselves that they are about to enter into something bad in their life.

We won’t have all our issues and hardships answered this side of heaven and perhaps that is part of the problem in each of us. In our hearts we know that there is an ultimate resolution and destination but, to be honest, we would rather see things improve now not later. And so, we are more apt to sit back and try and control our small universe rather than enjoying the life God has provided.

This same philosopher also noted “The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.” I would argue that we don’t have to struggle against it but rather rest before the Lord, isn’t this what Jesus meant when He said…

“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

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