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Two Different Reactions
9/2/2014

For You have been a strength to the poor, A strength to the needy in his distress, A refuge from the storm, A shade from the heat; For the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall. Isaiah 25:4 (NKJV)

Have you ever noticed how different you can react to certain things in your life, compared to others who may be experiencing the same thing?  I think we can all react differently, but I think our reaction can be greatly influenced by what we are thinking upon, and how we truly believe. 

Such was the case with Job and his wife.  God allowed Satan to tempt them both, but this was no ordinary temptation though—they had lost their ten children along with all of their livestock in one day through a series of tragic events. None of us can really know how we would react, but God allows us to see how Job did.

Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. And he said:  “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there.  The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; Blessed be the name of the LORD.” In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong. Job 1:20-22 (NKJV)

Make no mistake, Job hurt badly—he had suffered greatly, and yet he responded by praising God for allowing him to have these children for the time he did.  He had suffered great loss, but he also knew he had been given great joy for many years prior.  As a result of his beliefs and faith, he chose to focus on God’s goodness, and he chose to worship the One who had created his children. 

In contrast we can see his wife reacted in a very different manor.  In fact she was downright angry.  Seeing her husband holding to his faith and continuing to praise God, greatly annoyed her, so she told him,  “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!” (Job 2:9)

Both people had experienced the same blessing, joy and happiness provided by God.   Both had experienced the same great suffering associated with losing a loved one—and yet we see two very different reactions.

Q:         So what was the difference between Job and his wife—what caused one to praise the Creator, and the other to want to curse God?

The difference was Job chose to focus on what God had done for him and on who God is.  Job chose to count his blessings and be thankful for what he had already received from the LORD.  His wife unfortunately looked at things in a temporal way—she focused on the things she once possessed but no longer had.  When she lost these things she lost her happiness as well.  This was because her happiness was never grounded in God or His will.   

It can be the same for us today.  We can choose to look to the temporary things of this world for our happiness, fulfillment, and contentment instead of looking to God to meet every one of our needs.  We can think upon what we don’t have, rather than being thankful for what we have been given, and upon the things we still have.  We can become bitter like Job’s wife, or we can praise God as Job did. 

I want to encourage you today to be thankful for the things God has given you.  We must take each day for what it brings us and never lose our focus on the eternal perspective.  God has a perfect plan for our life.  Let’s choose to praise God in the storms.  Let’s praise Him for what He has given us.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Isaiah 25:4 what can we learn about our Lord’s help in our times of trials?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you count your blessings each day, or do you focus only on the hardships you face?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Take time each day to praise God for all He has done in your life, and for what He is doing for your future.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER: Father, thank You for Your many blessings within my life.  Thank You for my family and friends.  Thank You for all provision, and mostly for Your love.  Help me to see these things clearly when the enemy tempts me to focus on what I don’t have, or the tough things I face.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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