Crisis Management 2.0

Today in my reading plan, I read the 2nd chapter of Job.

Yesterday, in Job, chapter 1, we witnessed Job as he managed to survive arguably the worst day of his life. I cannot imagine dealing with the death of one of my children, let alone both in the same day. In one day, all of Job’s children were killed, he lost all of his livestock, and many of his farmhands and servants died.

Job, chapter 2 starts off by reminding us that the enemy wasn’t going to give up in his effort to turn Job against God. Here’s what we learn.

“One day the members of the heavenly court came again to present themselves before the LORD, and the Accuser, Satan, came with them. ‘Where have you come from?’ the LORD asked Satan. Satan answered the LORD, ‘I have been patrolling the earth, watching everything that’s going on.’ Then the LORD asked Satan, ‘Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil. And he has maintained his integrity, even though you urged me to harm him without cause.’ Satan replied to the LORD, ‘Skin for skin! A man will give up everything he has to save his life. But reach out and take away his health, and he will surely curse you to your face!'”  Job 2:1-5

Satan wanted to raise the stakes by taking Job’s health away from him. He was convinced that Job would turn on God if he had to face being ill on top of all that he’d already been through.

“‘All right, do with him as you please,’ the LORD said to Satan. ‘But spare his life.’ So Satan left the LORD’s presence, and he struck Job with terrible boils from head to foot. Job scraped his skin with a piece of broken pottery as he sat among the ashes. His wife said to him, ‘Are you still trying to maintain your integrity? Curse God and die.’ But Job replied, ‘You talk like a foolish woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?’ So in all this, Job said nothing wrong.”  Job 2:6-10

Go easy on Job’s wife. She was hurting just like Job. After all, she was also mourning the loss of her children. However, Job reminds her, and us, that no one is promised a pain-free life, even the kind of struggles that are so personally devastating. Job was hanging on to the truth that, even in the midst of overwhelming angst, God would not abandon him. And as strange as it seems, that was enough to bring Job the peace he needed on that day. God’s presence can bring peace to you and I today as well.

O Lord, I know there are many around our world today who feel devastated, like they cannot take any more bad news. Deaths continue, while many more are contracting this virus. Many of us are separated from family members, the elderly in nursing homes are feeling imprisoned, doctors and nurses are exhausted from the endless case load. We just want to know when will this end?

Open the eyes of our hearts, and awaken our spirits to see you present and working in our reality, that we would find the hope and peace that will sustain us today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.