Job's Calamities - When It Rains, It Pours
- Job 1:14 “And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them:
- vs. 15 And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
- vs. 16 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
- vs. 17 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
- vs. 18 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house:
- vs. 19 And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.”
- Job 2:7 “So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.”
We all experience hard times in our life whether you’re saved in Jesus or lost on your way to hell. As a result of Adam and Eve’s sin in Gen. 3, hardship, pain, and loss is part of this sin-cursed earth. Sometimes, though, each of us goes through a string of unrelenting trials.
During my first year at Bible college, I had five flat tires that first year while struggling to find employment. During our second year in evangelism (2003), we lost almost everything we owned in a travel trailer accident, experienced the lowest number of meetings (before my life changing illness), and to add insult to injury the very next meeting the Sunday after our accident, we received one of our lowest love offerings ever ($37)! When I collapsed with my present unknown illness in 2011, we lost most of our income since I couldn’t work and unemployed evangelists don’t get workmen’s comp, we lost our fifth-wheel to black mold two weeks later, and my father passed away with a heart attack at the age of 50.
Dear reader, there will come times in your life “when it rains it pours”, but you must respond like Job did after all of this wretched heart break:
- Job 1:20 “Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,
- vs. 21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.
- vs. 22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.”