Lord, Why Me? (Part 1)
We live in a world of constant pain, hurt and misery. It seems as if all others want to do is live for themselves and cause constant pain to the less fortunate. How do we escape such negative and ungodly situations in life? How do we live a productive life for God when the negativity, doubt and stress stops the production line of our faith and closes the prayer factory? How do we find the strength and courage to go on another day for God when all we see are those that have forsaken Him? How do we carry on for God when most are even afraid to begin the journey? I believe that our text today helps us to understand why this happens and how we can respond even when we would like to ignore everything and everyone. Out of all these things I ask, Lord, Why me?
Job 1:1 “There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.”
We see that Job lived a respectable life and was considered by all, including God, perfect and upright. Basically, he was a model citizen that followed the rules and respected authority and loved the Lord. The bible even says that he feared God and eschewed evil. The word fear means “to be afraid or to hold in the highest respect”. The word eschewed means “to deliberately avoid something, because you do not think that it is right, moral or godly.” So in two words we learn that Job was a man that was afraid of God while respecting Him and because of that he made a decision to avoid doing anything that wasn’t right, moral or godly. By all rights Job was a person that many people would love to have as their neighbor or even family member. I wonder how I measure up to this man’s testimony. How do you measure up?
Despite this man’s character we see that he endured some of the most terrifying and uncomfortable issues known to man. He endured: theft, bankruptcy, terrorist attacks and the death of all his children. Why did he have to go through all of this when he did nothing wrong? I believe that there are a few reasons why:
- The Enemy Hates Happiness
Job 1:8-11 “And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.”
We see that Satan complained that Job was only faithful to God because God blessed him. He indicated that if Job were to go through an adversity that Job would deny God and curse Him to His face. We know the story and know that he didn’t, but imagine all of the adversity he endured. To bring this affliction to reality:
- Terrorists attack and kill all of your coworkers and lute your place of employment where you manage.
- Your bank account suddenly becomes empty and now you have no way to sustain neither yourself nor your family.
- A local gang stole your car and they killed your cousin who was borrowing it for that day.
- A tornado killed all of your children, their spouses and your grand children while they all ate dinner.
- You develop a serious medical condition for which there is no cure.
- Your closest friends question your integrity and begin the process of separating themselves from you.
- Your spouse criticizes your faith in God and your coping mechanizes amid all of these struggles.
Satan planned a strategic attack to destroy the morale and happiness of Job. When you are attacked and your happiness and joy disappear like the wind it won’t be long before your will to thrive disappears.
What would you do? How would you handle these tragedies? I have heard that most people would go into a serious depressive state and probably seek to commit suicide to end the pain and misery. This is just NOT practical! So this is a very difficult stage in life for anyone but to experience all of these things at once comes as an overwhelming time for anyone. You can take comfort in knowing that God is still in control whatever befalls the believer. In tomorrow’s devotional we will discuss the next thing that the enemy wants to do to you that makes you question “Why me, Lord?” Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.