How will you react in times of calamity?

Scripture:
In all this Job neither committed a sin nor put blame on God. – Job 1:22

Observation:
Job faced complete economic loss and ruin along with the deaths of all his children. His wife confronted him and suggested that he curse Yahweh and die. He endured debilitating disease! All of these happened to him without his initiating any act that led to them occurring. Despite all of this, he refused to blame Yahweh!

Application:
Have you ever had something terrible happen to you in which you had no part in it? For example, a loved one dies in an accident that was caused by a drunk driver hitting and killing that person. Some people, including disciples of Yeshua, Jesus, begin to ask how Jehovah could take them away from them! They wrongly blame the Father for the issue.

Although He allows things to happen in our lives for whatever purpose, He does NOT cause us harm. We have to learn to develop the type of resolve that Job had. He refused to lash out at anyone or blame anyone. He realized that things happen in life; some we control and others we don’t. Job refused to blame our Creator for the calamity. His wife even suggested he curse Jehovah and die! What nonsense!

So how would you handle such a situation? I guarantee none of us is sure until that moment, but let us prepare ourselves to deal with such a moment. For there will be a time in your life when calamity strikes and forces you to face reality. Will you be like Job and work through it? Or, will you react like his wife and place blame wrongly and give into sin?

Prayer:
Father, thank you for your love and mercy. I have struggled at times with how I would handle devastation in my life. I have been like Job’s wife in my past and blamed others for things that happened to me whether it was my fault or not. However, I’ve come to learn to trust in your peace and to let that peace rule in my heart. It is still not an easy to thing to face, but at least I know you are there helping me through it. Your wisdom gets me past the calamity while your grace gives me the power to continue in the right direction. Please continue to develop the fruit of patience in me. You know better than anyone how true that is! May your will be done, in Yeshua’s name, Amen.

Always act in the fear of The LORD, with faithfulness and undivided heart.

Scripture:

These were his instructions to them: “You must always act in the fear of the Lord, with faithfulness and an undivided heart. – 2 Chronicles 19:9

Observation:
Jehoshaphat decided to appoint judges over Judaea to assist him in ruling the nation. He appointed priests over the spiritual matters and made a member of his tribe the final authority in civil matters. When he addressed the judges he appointed, he told them they must decide all cases in a mindset of [fearing] The LORD, with faithfulness and an undivided heart. He wanted to ensure that all decisions made in his court were faith and honest and would be pleasing to The LORD. In this way, the judges would be found innocent regarding their decisions and the ensuing outcomes.

Application:
Although the text describes a situation where the authorities are those in a legal setting, the wisdom the king dispersed is valid to us in all areas of life. We are confronted with situations daily, which require us to make a decision. How we interpret the situation, weigh the options, and render a decision should be based on an attitude and approach of fearing The LORD as prescribed by the king. The LORD despises dishonesty in all its forms. He demands and expects us to live according to His methods and to respond in the same manner as He would.

Therefore, when we deal with others and ourselves, let us go to The LORD in prayer, if necessary, to seek His guidance in how to handle the situation. His answer will give us the best option. If it is something not requiring an answer from Jehovah, because He’s given us knowledge and wisdom to sort through things, then let us draw from His written example in how we handle things. When we treat others with impartiality, we fulfill the written Law. When we fulfill the Law, let it be out of our love for the Father not out of coercion or expectation of receiving anything in return. We deal with every situation fairly and honestly simply because we love our Heavenly Father with all our being and our neighbor as ourselves.

Prayer:
Father, gracious and righteous Creator of the universe, you are worthy of all praise, glory, and honor! You, who does not share His glory with another, may you be worshiped in spirit and in truth! Today, I come before You with a sacrifice of humility and gratitude. I do not deserve anything that You bestow upon me, but You love me anyway! I simply want to express the sincere gratitude of the revelation given this day regarding how I am to interact with all people in all situations. My decisions need to be and must be fair, honest, and based on Your love and wisdom, not earthly standards. When I apply Your principles and standards to my dealings, they should end in success and harmony. May Your Holy Spirit be my guide and mentor in continuing to learn how to deal with everyday matters. May Your love and justice be meted out according to Your standard. May Your will be done, not mine. These things I petition from You in the name of Yeshua HaMashiach! Amen.