When disaster strikes in your life or something goes wrong, what is your immediate reaction? Do you find yourself to be a naturally negative or positive person? When something goes wrong, do you want to run and hide? Would you rather stand and fight? Or perhaps you would rather scream and then cry?
The fact that we are human means that we will have hard times in life. But we do have the decision as to how we will react when these things happen.
If you are a naturally positive person, you may want to try and see the bright side when disaster strikes. If you are a naturally negative person, or even a person who is a realist, you may go to the dark side quickly.
The truth is that our reaction to trouble in life is directly linked to our identity.
I was recently the speaker at church, and I was talking about the life of Job in the Bible. In the beginning of his life, he had everything any man could ever ask for. However, what set him apart was not the things he owned or the family he had. In Job 1:1, it says,
“His character spotless, his integrity unquestioned. In fact, he so believed in God that he sought to honour Him in all things. He deliberately avoided evil in all of his affairs.” and in verse 2, “Among Easterners, he was the most powerful and influential man.”
So although he had a lot of farm land, farm animals, many sons and daughters, as well as held great position in his land, what counted was that Job knew who he was at his foundation; a child of God, created in the image of God.
This is what held Job together when disaster struck him and his household. In fact, he lost everything, including all of his livestock and children.
It’s his reaction that makes me pause and reflect. What would you do and how would you react to such a blow in life? Perhaps a few of these things have already happened to you.
When Job heard all this devastating news, what was his next move? Here is what he said,
“Then Job stood up, tore his robe, shaved his head, and fell to the ground.” (Job 1:20) Yes, this sounds about right. He showed all those around him how much the news grieved his heart, as it would any of us. But, we read on.
“Face down, Job sprawled in the dirt to worship,
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
and naked I will depart.
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away;
may the name of the Lord be praised.” (Job 1:21)
Job’s first reaction was grief followed by praise. Now that is a man of character and a man who knows where his true value and identity comes from; God.
When you build your life upon the rock, Jesus, and you are intimately intertwined in a relationship with the Creator of Heaven and earth, then when the scary and devastating things in life come around, you can stand.You can continue to live because the One who made it all stands with you in that gap. The Lord is not our enemy, but rather our comfort and strength in times of trouble.
If you are going through something difficult, run to God! He will never leave you nor forsake you!
As you read further in Job, after all the suffering and grief he endured, he ended up having more children and gained more livestock than he had before.
If you would like to visually see how Job built his life, then check out a small clip of my speech by clicking here.