Think you’ve had a terrible week already? Remember the story from Job (He lost everything, including his family). Now let’s read Job’s plea to God… (from Job 7:17-21)
17 “What is mankind that you make so much of them,
that you give them so much attention,
18 that you examine them every morning
and test them every moment?
19 Will you never look away from me,
or let me alone even for an instant?
20 If I have sinned, what have I done to you,
you who sees everything we do?
Why have you made me your target?
Have I become a burden to you?
21 Why do you not pardon my offenses
and forgive my sins?
It seems as if Job has given up in this passage. He implies that God is not honoring His side of the bargain. But if we truly think about what is going on, it reminds me of the Amy Grant song: Better than a Hallelujah. She sings that, in a way, our miseries cried out to God actually honor Him, because we are still recognizing that He alone is soveriegn and He alone has the power to fix things.
Do you believe that? It’s true – only God can help us. When we are down and need lifted, God can lift us. Unfortunately, it’s sometimes those deepest lows that seem so hard to be lifted from. Hopefully this little acronym* will help you pray and remind you in the deepest valleys that God is still there – all we have to do is trust Him…
PRAY = P.R.A.Y.
- P. Psalm 46:10 (“Be still, and know that I am God”)
- R. Remember God loves YOU and has a plan for you
- A. Allow God to direct your life
- Y. Yield to His plan not yours
* Acronym taken from George Clark, Executive Pastor of Brainerd Baptist Church, Chattanooga, TN