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Tuesday, October 30th, '18

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RESERVE FUEL

"Is not my help in me?" (Job 6:13)

 

He pitched camp in an ash pile, attacked in his finances, all wealth liquidated in a single afternoon, attacked in his family, seven sons and three daughters snuffed out in a freak storm, attacked in his flesh, stricken with boils from the crown of his head to the sole of his feet, and the ultimate stakes, attacked in his faith, could he hang on to God through such difficulty? Job had lost nearly all. Where would he find help? His friends were suspicious and critical. He begged an encouraging word. "To him that is afflicted pity should be shown from his friends" (6:14), but there was none. His family was dead, except for a neurotic wife who urged, "...curse God and die" (2:9). Brilliant advice from the better half. And God seemed distant, even seemed an enemy. "For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof drinketh up my spirit..." (6:4) Imagine that, poisoned by God? The worst brand of poison is the poison of doubt. Put the skull and bones label on that emotion because it is spiritually lethal every time.

 

To survive Job had to tap into something deeper. Time to flip the lever on the reserve tank. "Is not my help in me?" He looked way inside. In context that sounds like more doubtful questioning but really it became the key to his survival and recovery. Like Job, you and I have a "within". David praised, "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me" (Psalm 103:1). As there are rivers beneath the earth that can be tapped by the well-digger, we too have an unseen supply that is there for crisis times. The Pentagon has a "strategic oil reserve" for the heat of battle. The wise virgins in the parable brought enough extra oil to burn through the night (Matthew 25:4). Paul proclaimed, "For I know this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ" (Philippians 1:19). It's wise to check the fuel level before the attack, not wait until after and chance being caught sitting on empty.

 

Though it wasn't immediate, Job did after a few days, shift to the reserve tank and tapped his hidden inner strength, what Paul had in mind when he prayed that we might "be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man" (Ephesians 3:16).

 

First he mustered praise. When pressure rises, praise rises. The "joy of the Lord is our strength" so we counter his attack with attitude. Amid all that hit him Job "fell down upon the ground, and worshiped" (1:20). Satan gains no headway when we maintain humility before God seasoned with a thankful heart. Next, he decided to trust or bust. "Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him..." (13:15) Believing that God was too good to do wrong Job decided to rest in His hands and ride out the storm. Third, he talked faith in the face of fear. Fear cancels faith, faith casts out fear. Job confessed, "I know that my redeemer lives!" (19:25) In the day of adversity we are prone to say what we think rather than what we know. "I think we are going under. I think God is out to get us". Contrariwise, the inner reservoir bubbles up with confidence saying, not "I guess" or "I hope", but "I know!" Once you know something then you "know" something. Faith then becomes concrete. Finally, but hardest to perform, Job chose endurance over escape. "Behold, we count them happy that endure. You have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord: that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy" (James 5:11). Job held on. The reserve tank was enough to get him home. Be warned that you can't live off reserves forever. Prayer, worship and feeding on the Word are our fuel-ups. But when crossing the desert and it is two-hundred miles to the nearest station, be assured that the Holy Spirit will be your backup. "Is not my help in me?" If you have Him I would answer...yes.


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