Job 14:1-2 Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble. 2-He comes forth like a flower and withers; he fless lke a shadow and does not continue.
Troubles can be described as being , affliction, persecution, agitation, etc.
This text deals with the plight of man and the frailty of human life. The dangerous, difficult, or otherwise unfortunate situation of life.
The Apostle James describes life in this way in James 4:14-Your life is like the morning fog--it's here a little while, then it's gone.
Life is like a fog, a mist or steam from a boiling pot that immediately evaporates when the lid is removed, it all disappears.
Life! Short and full of trouble, pain suffering, sorrows, cares, anxiety, worries and fears indeed.
Trouble! Have you ever heard of it? Has it ever visited you? Do you know anything about it?
Well, we are told in this text that trouble is one of man's lot.
Job reminds us on today that life here on earth is full of trouble. Did you hear that? Life is not trouble free, but full of them!
When Job spoke these words that are so hard to swallow, he was hurting and frustrated.
Job was described as being a man that was upright and blameless before God, he feared God and shunned evil.
Job had been blessed by God with 10 children, servants, thousand of live stocks and great wealth. Yet, we find him in this text in the midst of GREAT pain and suffering at the hands of the adversary (satan), with God's permission to do so. To make matters worse, his wife, Mrs. Job told him to "curse God and die."
WOW! We complain about what we go through? Job knew it first hand!
In the midst of GREAT pain, suffering and affliction, Job took a good view of life based on his life at that time and came to the realization that life is short and full of trouble.
In vs #2 of this text he reminds us of how short life is for he says "we blossom like a flower and then wither. Like a passing shadow, we quickly disappear.
Job came to the realization that "trouble" is no respector of person and that man's life, regardless of his status if full of trouble.
People of God, if you get nothing else, get this ! We WILL suffer! Trouble will find us too. Just because we are God's people does not make us immune from the hardship, struggles, test and painful issues of life.
The good news in our suffering is that God has not left us for He promises to be with us always, even unto the end. Remember the story of the 3 Hebrew boys in the fiery furnace? God was there! He is with us too! Trust Him on today people of God, regardless of what you may have to suffer for the sake of Christ.
Believe it or not, but these are the tools that forces us or should force us into a personal relationship with God. Painful experiences of life is an opportunity for our faith to grow along with our trust and hope in God.
I am sure none of us want to experience the troubles of life, but, we have no choice in the matter for trouble volunteers itself upon us and God has given His purpose for allowing it.
You do know that the satan has to seek permission form God to attack us, right? Read Job Chapter 1 and you will see. God gave him permission. The same with us. God is Sovereign and in full control of all the affairs of life.
God's goal is to make us into the image of His Son, Jesus Christ and unfortunately, pain and suffering is one of the vehicles he uses to drive us on that route.
If you have not had your share or have yet to experience trouble in your life, keep living! Trouble has a way of showing up when it want to, how it want to, to whom it wants to and yes, without our permission.
Let's clear the head for a moment. STOP thinking that because you walk with the Lord by faith, trouble won't come your way. If anything it is guaranteed to come .
Throughout scripture we are reminded that trouble will come our way. Jesus reminds us of this in John 16:33 “I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.”
The Apostle Paul reminds us also that we will suffer some things as the people of God. Let's listen to him in 2 Timothy 3:12-Yes, and all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.
Job also reminds us in this text too that our days here on earth are short and full of trouble.
People of God, stop waiting until all hell breaks loose in your life and then try to seek God. Seek Him daily so when the storms that are guaranteed to come, come our way, we wont' automatically go into panic mode, be stressed out and full of anxiety, but instead we will go into prayer to the Father.
The key is to trust God. Had Job not trusted God before his storms he would have never been able to say "though He slay me, yet will I trust Him." Those were words of faith that he had to grab hold of that was already deep down in his soul, therefore, in the midst of great suffering and pain, he was able to trust and believe God in spite of GREAT suffering.
God promises to be our very present help in trouble. God is our hiding place. Yes, He is our refuge in life's storm. Run to Him for cover for He will shield and protect you.
Psalm 91:1-4 Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. 3 For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. 4 He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings.
Trouble on every hand? Trust God for He will see you through. He alone is able to deliver and set us free. He alone has the power to do what no other powers can do.
Trouble in you way? Run to Jesus for He alone is able to save you. He is your shelter in the time of storm from everlasting to everlasting.
People of God, Trust God for He alone is your hiding place. There is NO OTHER shelter of safety from the storms of life that daily rages in the mind, but Jesus.
Look no further for God is your hiding place!