There are some things such as a sunset, a particular song, or an aroma, that can elicit emotions hidden far beneath our every day thoughts. I was watching the Braves a few moments ago and they showed us the most beautiful sunset. My mind took me to a time of lying on the warm, white sand watching waves roll in, sun shining orange and gold reflecting on the water. I was young and the radio was playing, the DJ, sounding a lot like “Tony the Tiger Taylor” was counting down top ten hits. Life has gone so swiftly by, I can’t imagine how it has happened. The writer said, Job 7:6, “My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, and are spent without hope” Job was in a bad condition, and when he spoke that he was dreading the long, hard night. It is something I’m sure we have all experienced at one time or another. Job didn’t realize he was forming the perfect example of something we call “patience”, he was just trying to survive on a day-to-day basis. I imagine him sitting on that stinking dunghill, scraping his sores with broken pieces of pottery, maybe thinking back to the old days, when there was laughter around his table, his children all partaking in a feast of lamb, beef, fresh garlic and leeks from the gardens. A time he thought had been lost forever. God restored Job’s family, lands, and wealth, giving him more than he ever had before or could ever imagine! This all happened to Job because he was a faithful man who Satan used all the ills and terrible things he could, everything except death, to see if he could turn Job from his faith in God. When Job remained faithful and wouldn’t blame God, that was the beginning of restoration.
I have known people who had everything life could offer, wealth, fame, power, but something happened, that your computer might term as a ‘fatal error’, and everything started to unravel. Sadly, for some, the outcome was not as good as Job’s was after he repented. A saying from a 19th century Scottish nursery rhyme says: “If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride”. We can’t wish ourselves into the past, to times before we got ourselves into trouble, or daydream our problems away. We have to face the now we are living in and start to mend whatever we can on our own, and turn the things we cannot do over to God.
Psalm 33:18 But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love. Psalm 31:24,So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord! Think before you make the fatal error that can forever change your life. Don’t make the mistake of being hasty in your decisions; you could end up like Esau! Hebrew 12:17 Watch out for the Esau syndrome: trading away God’s lifelong gift in order to satisfy a short-term appetite. You well know how Esau later regretted that impulsive act and wanted God’s blessing—but by then it was too late, tears or no tears. Know that God can make all things right, Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart-sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.
Hope in the Lord, get off the dunghill or the imaginary warm sand, live out loud and be blessed!