“Troubled Yet Strong” By Kirk Hunt
Your words have upheld him who was stumbling,
And you have strengthened the feeble knees;
But now it comes upon you, and you are weary;
It touches you, and you are troubled.
Job 4:4–5 NKJV
It is easy, from the comfort of your living room couch, to complain about what is or is not happening on the field of play. It is different when you are the one troubled by difficult circumstances, coworker miscues and unfair criticism. Stay strong, no matter how much this life batters you, and false-friends or intractable enemies bad-mouth you.
In the 4th chapter of Job, Eliphaz criticizes Job. Eliphaz does not complain that Job’s prior support of others was poor or incorrect. Instead, he condemns Job for experiencing grief at the loss of his children, misery in the midst of his illness and distress in the middle of devastating losses. “Thanks for the support, Eliphaz.”
I pray you have a long and prosperous life building God’s Kingdom. Still, no matter how clean your living, or wise your conduct, difficulties will come to your doorstep. Still, through your strength in God, you can live through your troubles and emerge victorious.
Job did not dance and sing through his sorrows and distresses. His first and second responses were to turn to God and continue to trust Him. Job’s trust in God and grounding in His righteousness gave him the strength he needed.
What God did for Job, He will do for you. Despite your troubles, are you strong enough to rely on God? I pray so.
Think: Despite my difficulties I can live in victory through the strength of God.
Pray: “Lord, help me to be strong in You, despite my troubles.”
Copyright © February 2017, Kirk Hunt
This devotional is brought to you courtesy of CadreMen Press. You can purchase a copy of Blessed and Blessing: Devotionals For Gospel Champions from your favorite bookseller or directly from CadreMen Press.