Job 4:3-7 New Living Translation (NLT)
3 “In the past you have encouraged many people; you have strengthened those who were weak.
4 Your words have supported those who were falling; you encouraged those with shaky knees.
5 But now when trouble strikes, you lose heart. You are terrified when it touches you.
6 Doesn’t your reverence for God give you confidence? Doesn’t your life of integrity give you hope?
7 “Stop and think! Do the innocent die?When have the upright been destroyed?
I love this!
Before Job’s friends nutted up (a DeShannon-ism meaning to go crazy) and started accusing him of being the one who had caused all this “trouble” to come into his life. This friend got it all the way RIGHT!
When things are going great in our lives we find it easy to encourage and strengthen others. We always have a word, a hug, a few dollars, advice or prayer for the person going through. Life is good, and we exalt the goodness.
When trouble of any kind strikes us personally, we can forget those same encouraging sentiments given freely the other day. We are trying to figure out how and/or why is this happening to us. We temporarily forget that God never fails. If we call him, he will answer.
During this time you gotta dig deep and apply scripture to your situation. You have to deny your feeling and remind yourself just who God is.
Find those encouraging scriptures and repeat them over and over until they stick to your troubles. Repeat God’s word back to him; this is a sure way to get results!
I have to constantly remind myself that if it works out for my good, it never was bad!
Today a friend stopped by to encourage me and to let me know she is standing in agreement with my prayer request. As she was leaving, I asked myself what would I say to her?
I would say this…
Even on a bad day, it’s still a good day.