Loving God By Going to Him FIRST When You Need Comfort
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your soul and with all your might.” Deut. 6.5
In this devotion, we thought about Job and his attitude after he was stricken by God emotionally, spiritually, financially & physically. Job refused to curse God. However, he did wish for his own death and justifiably express his distress at his condition. He did this sitting with a group of his closest “friends.” One of his friends, Eliphas, tells him that “they that plow iniquity and sow wickedness, reap the same.” Job 4:8. This is unmitigated bunk and was just about the least comforting thing that Eliphas could have said. He tells Job that his troubles were basically of his own making because he cultivated iniquity and wickedness. How often have we heard this in the face of natural and other disasters? Somehow things like hurricanes, mass-murders, terrorist attacks & earthquakes are the result of sin or unbelief. Likewise, there are those who believe that chronic or severe illness, poverty, death, divorce or other undesired life situations are the result of sin in the sufferers’ life.
In Job’s case nothing could be further from the truth.
Yet, when Job turned to his friends, they assaulted him with condemnation and guilt.
We know the end of the story with Job and how God restores him. But what unnecessary additional discomfort he suffered at the hands of his “friends.”
What do we get when we go to God first with our loss, negativity and distress?
Take a look at Psalm 18 when David turns to God in his distress!
I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
and I have been saved from my enemies.
4 The cords of death entangled me;
the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
5 The cords of the grave coiled around me;
the snares of death confronted me.
6 In my distress I called to the Lord;
I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
my cry came before him, into his ears.
7 The earth trembled and quaked,
and the foundations of the mountains shook;
they trembled because he was angry.
8 Smoke rose from his nostrils;
consuming fire came from his mouth,
burning coals blazed out of it.
9 He parted the heavens and came down;
dark clouds were under his feet.
10 He mounted the cherubim and flew;
he soared on the wings of the wind.
11 He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him—
the dark rain clouds of the sky…hey confronted me in the day of my disaster,
but the Lord was my support…
19 He brought me out into a spacious place;
he rescued me because he delighted in me.
Loving God means going to God first. He is the one with the comfort, consolation & solutions.
Go to him for comfort today and every day!
All the Best in 2013,