14 May Daily Manna
TEXT: Job 23:1-17
KEY VERSE: Job 23:10
But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
Trying times are like dark hours with no glimmer of light. We grope about, looking for a hand to lead and pull us out of the darkness. Overwhelmed by our pain and suffering, we feel all alone – abandoned by men and God. At such harrowing times, we wonder where God is. We wish He would show up, speak to us and end the pains we bear.
This was the experience of Job. What seemed to make his woes and suffering more intense was God’s silence. He had tried reaching out to Him by every means he could and in every place he knew but God seemed to be nowhere. Since he could not reach Him with his senses, he resolved to reach Him by faith!
He assured himself that though he could not sense God around, still he believed that He was there. He was certain that He would use his trials and calamity to bring out the best in him. He would come forth as gold!
This is also what we need today. If your clouds become dark and God appears to be out of sight, and the pangs of pain with the noise of confusion appears to be so loud as to shut out the Spirit’s voice, understand that God is right there by you. He is still on the throne; no amount of winds of suffering can unseat Him! Let your faith reach out to God.
Resolve like Job not to give up your integrity and trust in the Lord. Keep His way and do not turn away from it. Do not choose to backslide and commit spiritual suicide because of your ill circumstances. Hold on to His word and promises. At His time, He will perform the things that are appointed for you. He cannot be late. He did it for Job; He will do it for you. Do not forget; He is right beside you!
14 May Daily Manna – THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Reach out to God with your sense of faith when all other senses fail.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 2 Corinthians 5-9.