Lord, Why Me? (Part 3)
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 3:1-5 “After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day. And Job spake, and said, Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived. Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it. Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.” KJV
In yesterday’s devotional we read that the enemy loves to hurt us, loves to hurt the holy heart of God and seeks nothing more than to terrify and discourage us through tragedy and drama. In Job chapter number one we see that Job endured more than any human could mentally and emotionally endure. In chapter number two we see that Satan began to attack Job physically. Now in chapter number three we see that Job begins to reflect back on his personal struggles. This is where depression, self-pity and self loathing sets in if we aren’t careful. You can just mark it down that when the devil doesn’t destroy you mentally or emotionally that he will begin an all out physical attack. This will lead the believer, if not careful, into a depressive state. You will actually look at what you lost instead of what you had been blessed with in the first place. Are you a strong enough person mentally and emotionally to withstand the overwhelming darts of depression?
3.The Enemy Loves Making Heavy Hearts
Job 3:1-6 “After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day. And Job spake, and said, Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived.” KJV
After all of the terrifying acts and the demoralizing remarks Job had found himself in the middle of an emotional black hole where compassion and empathy ceased to exist. Do you realize that in the first three chapters of Job that his servants had more compassion and empathy for him than his own remaining flesh and blood? Going through all of these things are overwhelming for anyone to endure but to have your family and friends not validate your grief is utterly heart breaking.
Satan is in the business of breaking hearts, destroying lives, causing pain and bringing suffering to people. I can almost imagine the enemy of God sitting there waiting for Job to curse God. I can almost see Satan on the edge of his seat waiting for Job to curse God in chapter number three. When he doesn’t then I almost see Satan planning the next devious thing that he will do to Job to make him curse God.
All too often we will go through tough and impossible situations in our lives that brings us to our breaking point. It is at this point where Satan seeks to kick you while you’re down. He wants to take you to a point where all you see is darkness instead of the light of God’s saving power. I was doing my personal bible reading one day and it dawned upon me that Satan ONLY attacks those that are close to God. The closer we are to God and the closer the relationship that we have with God, the more of a target we are to Satan. It all boils down to Satan being jealous of us because we humans have God’s heart instead Lucifer the anointed one. So Satan attacks every person close to God because he probably feels that we took his place in God’s heart. Ultimately, he wants to get back at God by destroying our desires to come to him.
I once witnessed to a few small children one day at my church and presented the gospel by way of Cinderella. I think that we all know the story of Cinderella but I will recap. In a nutshell, Cinderella lived with a stepmother and stepsisters whom negatively oppressed her into doing all kinds of things that enabled them to have freedom. Because she had a good and true heart she didn’t complain nor argue but she submitted because she wanted companionship and didn’t want to rock the boat or make waves. In the process of time she had the opportunity to attend a ball and dress up as a princess and travel as royalty for a short period of time. During this ball she met the man of her dreams and made the connection of which she had always dreamed. Well the clock struck midnight and things went back to normal as she ran out leaving behind her glass slipper. The prince found it and traced it back to her and they lived happily ever after. How does the gospel fit into that?
Cinderella is a type of you and I, the ones that were lost and without a connection to true love, which comes from God. This type of love is found in John 3:16. We were once under the oppressive power of the stepmother and stepsisters, which are a type of Satan and his fallen angels. This type of relationship is found in II Corinthians 4:4. The evil stepmother and stepsisters used us to do their bidding while we were under their power and influence. This type of relationship is found in II Corinthians 11:14-15. Because our hearts are empty and seek after a loving relationship, we submit and allow this type of behavior. We have, as it were, scales to fall from our eyes so that we can see clearly. We see that true love is from God in I John 4:8. Cinderella saw herself in a hopeless situation because she wanted happiness but was unable to get it in the condition that she was in. This is found in Romans 5:12 the condition of fallen man has to be corrected before we have true happiness. Cinderella had to except the free gift in order to be transformed into a new person which is found in Romans 6:23. As a Christian we must remember that no matter what happens in life that God loves us so much that He will take action to prove His love toward us even when we don’t deserve it as shown in Romans 5:8. While at the ball she made a connection to an irresistible man that wanted her heart and wanted her to love him. In scripture Jesus wants us to love Him with all of our hearts as we see in Romans 10:10. This irresistible man will not rest until He has us safely in Him and He in us as we see John 15:5. Oftentimes we leave bits and pieces of ourselves because we live hurried lives and forget that he wants to love the entire us. Because all we know are the evil stepmother and stepsisters we run back to our previous conditions just like in Isaiah 53:6. However, when a Christian sins we need to except the blood of Christ and repent in order for God to forgive us as we see in I John 1:8-9. Cinderella was told to be home before midnight but she wasn’t and disobeyed. Even though we do all of that to God, He still chooses to come back for us and take us to His mansion that He has prepared. We see that Jesus has a mansion prepared for us and He tells us to not let our hearts be troubled in John 14:1-3.
Satan wants to oppress us and keep us down so that he can ultimately live as he pleases on this earth and as he seeks to hurt God. The pain and suffering that the devil inflicts upon you aren’t all totally directed at you but at God. It still hurts even though this isn’t for me it still hurts me. I would encourage everyone reading this devotional to seek the things that Job needed most in his life. What are those things?
- Godly friends that will not judge you but that will love you amid your faults.
- Family that love you whatever situation you find yourself in (Because family members that are overly critical mean well but can actually do more damage that loosing everything that you own.)
- Develop a close relationship with God that flourishes in times of poverty or plenty.
Your day will come when you ask “Lord, Why Me?” but having a strong spiritual support system will keep you from losing it when you have lost everything already. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.