“My spirit is broken, My days are extinguished, The grave is ready for me. Are not mockers with me? And does not my eye dwell on their provocation. Job 17:1-2 NKJV
Job prays for relief. He considers death. The unmerciful dealings of man toward afflicted people may astonish but not discourage the righteous!
Has your spirit ever been broken? Have you ever been so tired you just wanted to give up? Have you ever felt like life as you know it was coming to an end?
I recall when the life I knew came to an end. I was in a state of hopelessness and despair. I couldn’t eat. I was unable to sleep. I perspired so profusely I had to change my bedding during the night. I lost an incredible amount of weight. I was lost and alone.
I did not know the Lord. Alone in my bed at night I called out to God for help. I did not know how to pray. I just recited the Lord’s Prayer over and over again.
One night I went to sleep and everything changed. I woke up in the morning believing everything would be alright. Something happened during the night but I could not remember what it was. God encouraged me. I still do not know how He did it.
God gave me a new life. I will never be alone again!
My new life did not include the home I owned or the career I lost. It did not include the possessions that fed my ego. My new life did not include the people who turned their backs on me when I could no longer keep up the façade of success.
My wife and I have suffered trial upon trial and one hardship after another. Today she said she was tired and did not feel like she could go on. There is no one mocking us. No one is provoking us. It would not matter if there was. Our faith in Jesus sustains us!
The book of Job was written to encourage people like us!
This book is not short. Job’s sufferings and struggles with them goes on for an agonizing period of time. Job’s was victorious over his struggles and the works of Satan. He was victorious because his faith in the goodness of God prevailed over his circumstances!
I feel like my suffering and struggles with them have gone on far too long. You may feel the same. You and I can win the victory over our struggles and works of Satan. We can be victorious over our circumstances through faith in the goodness of God!
We are eternal beings created in the image and likeness of God. He created us to live with Him and for Him throughout eternity. God created us to receive and return His love!
The Lord wants to encourage you with these words, “I love you!” “I have a plan and a purpose for your life. It includes blessing you with my love!”
Encourage other people with the same words!
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