Words from the Heart for Sunday May 19th, 2019
Have pity on me, my friends, have pity, for the hand of God has struck me.
Job 19:21 (NIV)
These are trying times for small towns in Canada. Canada’s population has essentially doubled in a little over a half-century, but as one might expect from the country with the second largest land mass in the world, that influx of people hasn’t been distributed uniformly. Add to that the frequent flow of young adults moving permanently to metropolitan areas to pursue education and work, and many of the country’s rural communities face significant demographic challenges. The 2016 census reports that only 18.7% of Canadians lived in a rural area.
Job had it tough. He was being tested by God – severely tested. Satan thought that if Job was tested he would turn his back on the Lord. But the Lord knew Job’s heart and He knew that Job would continue to trust in Him. Not once through the entire trying time did Job turn his back on the Lord. It was not that Job found it easy. He did not. He was a human being who wrestled with the same emotions we do when we face trying times. Job 19:21 says, “Have pity on me, my friends, have pity, for the hand of God has struck me.” Job didn’t know why he was going through it all. It must have been incredibly challenging. How do you respond when you are going through trying times? We can sing on Sunday mornings “…He gives and takes away,” but when the rubber meets the road, we don’t usually feel like singing. But we must keep trusting. Even in the most difficult times we must keep our eyes on the Lord. God promises His presence in the hardest of times and as we trust, we will find His peace and hope.
These have been words from the heart.