I admire two men of noble character, Joseph and Job. The Bible records stories about both of these men of faith. Why these two men? Because of the way they maintained their righteousness despite the unjust, horrific, and traumatic events that occurred in their lives I’m drawn to their stories again and again.
Readers familiar with my story are aware I’ve had similar experiences. For ongoing emotional and mental healing, I’m involved in a Biblical 12-step recovery program. My emotions have become hyper-erratic as memories and issues surface. Then I must process and lay them at the foot of the cross to obtain complete healing. More than once, I’ve been steamed with angst or anger.
Let’s remember, God had a plan and purpose in Joseph and Job’s stories when all that happened would seem illogical and wrong from their point of view. Everything that occurred to both of these men of faith had been filtered through God’s hands with an intended purpose. This is seen in Job, chapter one.
Believers today, like you and me, can rest in the assurance that NOTHING touches our lives that has not first been met by God’s approval. The evil one does not have free rein; God sets boundaries and limitations, see Job 1:12 and 2:6. It’s a delusion on our enemy’s part that he has control—the battle was won at Calvary. The only control is that granted to him (John 19:11) either by God himself or ourselves when we fail to trust in God’s sovereign good.
Preaching to Myself
When writing and being transparent with readers, I must be careful and cautious to give glory to God Almighty rather than the evil one. He is cunning and if he can allure us, Christ-followers, to take our eyes off Jesus by pointing out his exploits rather than magnifying God, ruminating on his activities rather than praying, or verbally ranting about them. When we do this aren’t, we giving him, the evil one—Satan, a smidge of glory that should be given to God alone?
Too often, I stumble into this pit when talking with close friends under the guise of venting. By venting I mean, giving occasion to freely express strong emotion i.e. vent my frustration or anger. What is my hope and purpose for venting? Is it glorifying God? Or is it me whitewashing the sin of grumbling and murmuring? Ouch, I’ve fallen prey to that more often than I’d like.
I don’t want to ever sugar coat the facts of what I’ve experienced as that would be a form of stuffing or denial, both unhealthy actions. Nor do I want to be so absorbed with past experiences that I fail to live in the present moment. Healing requires a balance of knowing and accepting the truth about things that cannot be changed while keeping my focus fixed on Jehovah—the Healer.
On the roller coaster of fleeting emotions, I want to heed the advice of Paul, “Be angry and do not sin. Don’t let the sun go down on your anger, and don’t give the devil an opportunity” (Ephesians 4:26, CSB).
I desire to react like Job when tragedy strikes, “He fell to the ground and worshiped, saying: Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will leave this life. The LORD gives and the LORD takes away. Blessed be the name of the LORD. Throughout all this Job did not sin or blame God for anything” (Job 1:20-22, CSB).
I yearn to live like my spiritual hero Joseph, accepting my fate with humility, grace, and forgiveness. He told his brothers, “You planned evil against me; God planned it for good to bring about the present result—the survival of many people” (Genesis 50:20, CSB).
My hope is to forgive like Jesus when he said, “Father, forgive them, because they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34, CSB).
Dear Reader, do you need to evaluate the source of hyper-erratic emotions? Is there anyone you need to forgive to avoid giving the devil opportunity?
Dear Father God, thank you for the great people of faith whose stories you preserved for us. Let us learn from their examples. Holy Spirit, help me to walk in faith as the great heroes did. Help me trust you and your plan, accepting the hard, unfair, or unjust things of life with grace. Put in me a willingness to forgive as Jesus did. May all glory and honor be upon you. Amen.
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