As we commemorate Job today, we read a devotion from A Year in the Old Testament.
Even throughout all Job’s trials, the Lord never abandoned him. In the midst of our suffering, neither does God abandon us. In every difficulty, the Lord is our strength, our hope, and our ever-present shield.
It all weighs heavy upon us. The calamity of life weighs heavy in the scale, and the balances tilt dangerously. As the sand of the seashore is this great weight. As the stone of the mountain is this burden. The weight of the world is upon our shoulders.
It all weighs heavy upon us, and we cannot bear up under it. We have no strength for this burden. We are unable to tip the balance, for we are light and without substance. It is all upon us, crushing us, for we are without strength. No might of our own can be brought to bear against it. It is so debilitating that it is as if God Himself were against us. His arrows have pierced us, His words have wounded us, and we are too weak to rise in His presence.
Our appetite has ceased, our bones have melted, our knees shake with weariness, and we wait for the end. If we had any strength of our own, it has faded away. “What is my strength, that I should wait? And what is my end, that I should be patient?” (Job 6:11). O LORD, why do You delay? Take my life; fulfill my hope!
Hope? Comfort? In the midst of weakness, where might these joys be? Without strength, how can we hope? Without strength of body and soul, where will comfort be found? Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth. He restores our souls; He pours out living water; He grants rest to the weary and strength to the weak; He protects with His rod and staff, even as we dwell in the midst of great enemies. In the name of the LORD even the overpowering reality of death is nothing more than a shadow—a cloud dispelled by His light.
It is the LORD who gives strength to the weary and lifts us up. We who have been crushed beneath the heavy load are raised up by the everlasting arms. We are raised, lifted up out of the dust; the weight of this world, of our sin, is set aside. Our burden is removed and carried by the Sin-bearer. Strength and hope, comfort and joy are ours, for what weighed heavily upon us has been taken by another.
Devotional reading is from A Year in the Old Testament, page 39 © 2012 Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved.
Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him,
on those who hope in His steadfast love,
that He may deliver their soul from death
and keep them alive in famine.
Our soul waits for the LORD;
He is our help and our shield.
For our heart is glad in Him,
because we trust in His holy name.
Let Your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us,
even as we hope in You.
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