“For the thing I feared has overtaken me, and what I dreaded has happened to me. I cannot relax or have rest, for turmoil has come.” – Job 3:25-26 CSB
I saw something recently that said, “If you are reading this, your current statistics for making it through a bad day are 100%.” There is some wisdom and insight in that, though it may be somewhat lacking. Insightful as it may be, the wisdom it teaches is not as powerful as what we find in the book of Job. It is also likely none of us have had quite as bad of a day as Job did.
This verse is a stark reminder that bad days are going to come. At the same time, Job earlier affirmed that no matter what has transpired in his life (or our lives!) the Creator and master of the universe has not taken His hand off the helm (see Job 2:10).
Bad days, even the worst of our fears, are going to come. May our response to bad days and devastating circumstances be the same as Job’s in chapter 1, “The Lord gives and the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord.”
“Lord, blessed be your name on this day, whether it be a good day or bad day, from the rising of the sun to its setting, may I be found praising and blessing your name, Amen.”
John Blackmon serves as pastor of Meansville Baptist Church.