Friday, June 26th, 2015
Complaining (Part 5)
Job And David
I loathe my own life;
I will give full vent to my complaint;
I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
Job 10:1 (NASB)
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
And day after day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?
Psalm 13:2 (NIV)
Job and David were good men. Both were the best of their times, and God delighted in them.
Before Job was afflicted, he was a prosperous man: God-fearing and fair-minded. He had family and lands. He worshipped and sacrificed. But then Satan tested Job, and God allowed his downfall.
Job lost everything: his children, crops, fortune and health.
Before David was chosen, he was a teenage shepherd: God-loving and brave-hearted. He faced lions and giants. He fought strongly for his king. But then his king went crazy, and David's world turned upside down.
David lost everything: his status, wife, freedom and friends.
Both righteous men suffered grievously, and both complained profusely. But note one striking difference between Job, David and most of us: They complained to God. They went straight to the top to voice their heartaches, and God responded.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: An abundance of lessons can be learned from the stories of Job and David, but consider one: They didn't expect men to fix their problems, so they wasted no time in futile gripes.
Both knew God allowed their circumstances, although neither knew the exact reasons. Both suffered. Both endured. Both trusted. Both were blessed.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Complaining series.