Text: Job 7:1-11
Key Verse: "Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul" (Job 7:11).
Life and death are in the power of the tongue. Medical doctors say those who are likely to survive crucial surgical section are people with strong faith that the operation will be successful and that they would live. Job had suffered cruel affliction from the enemy.
He lost all his earthly possessions, including his children. His body was afflicted with putrefying sores. In the midst of all these, his friends vexed his soul with discouraging words. His own wife, in the midst of broken heartedness, urged him to curse God. But Job determined to take his case to the Almighty. He complained to God in the anguish of his spirit and in the bitterness of his soul. The passage reminds us that those who live righteously in Christ must suffer persecution.
These light afflictions as Paul termed them, are bound to come. Yet, our attitude in such circumstances matters a lot. It is not virtuous for believers to charge at God during trials. It is true that afflictions are hard to bear; it is also true that the body is not accustomed to pain and limitless inconveniences. Those who know the source of their problems as Job did, must however realise that their problems have an expiry date. Whatever you may be going through as a test of faith, the wise counsel is to wait upon the Lord. When complaints are made, they must be only to God Who knows the end from the beginning.
In the heat of affliction and when it seems the pressure of persecution is weighing heavily on us, we must remember that all elements of the earth obey His word. Remember, God's eyes are upon those who trust Him and the rod of the wicked will never rest upon the lot of the righteous.
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