Today you should read: Job 19:1-22
Job can relate…and so can Jesus…
Who are the people you trust?
I’m not just talking about the people you are in casual contact with, I’m talking about those whom you think you would rely and depend on during a time of trial.
It’s a hard fact that during difficult times we can feel isolated by those we need the most. It can feel as if the people we most need, trust, and depend on are indifferent to our situation and trial. It can feel as if they just don’t understand. It hurts.
Take comfort in this: Job can relate, and so can Jesus.
In verse 14 of our passage today Job shares that even his relatives and close friends have forgotten him in his season of difficulty. He feels isolated and that those whom he needs most are indifferent to his situation. Job felt the blow of God’s hand upon him, yet he also felt the sting of those closest to him not understanding or caring. Do you feel like this?
Not only can we find comfort in the fact that one of the most righteous men who has ever walked the earth (Job) can relate, but we can find comfort in the fact that THE most righteous man who has ever walked the earth can relate. Jesus was betrayed by, given over by, and isolated from the very people He created and loved.
So, what’s our application? I think we must conclude that we must most confidently rely on God. Others will love us, help us through, be there with us, as well as let us down. It can be hard sometimes, and we may feel alone. That’s why our ultimate hope must be in Christ, in God’s character, and in His love for us. As we will see tomorrow, Job could ultimately only rely upon his Redeemer.
Hebrews 4:15 says that Jesus can sympathize with us because He has been through everything that we experience. And, feeling alone in difficult times is one of those experiences. We can and must wholly lean on Him.
Posted by: Sam Cirrincione