A statement said to me recently made me sad. It was, “I feel so alone, especially in a particular, large gathering.”
Have you been there? Feeling isolated, oblivious to people around you?
Job had an experience like that. What did he do?
Remember his great losses when Satan set out to prove Job would “give up” on God in testing time?
During his grieving process (and it is a process) he had the company of three friends who sat with him, conversed with him.
But as far as receiving comfort, they might as well have not been there.
Sometimes human contact isn’t enough.
Recorded are Job’s thoughts, “Oh that I knew where I might find him…I go forward, he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive Him…On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him.”
But in his pain of body and soul, he looked back and remembered God is good.
And by faith declared, “…He knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”
Good for Job–not an easy attitude to take when life hurts.
The enemy might have been whispering, “You’re known as a good man–why would God treat you this way?”
Recognize that argument? Maybe you have heard it in your time of pain.
I’m glad we know the end of Job’s story. He was given twice as much as he had at the beginning, but he didn’t know the conclusion!
Job made an A+ in his test.
Some things we can learn from him:
1. We will be tested, but only to the degree that God allows.
2. When we don’t see or feel God, He is there–always, as promised.
3. We can anticipate the end of our test as Job did, that when it’s over we shall be more like Christ, if we keep faith and hope alive.
As the old song says–
“No never alone, no never alone.
He promised never to leave me
Never to leave me alone.”