For hardship does not spring from the soil, nor does trouble sprout from the ground.
Job 5:6 (NIV)
Hardship and Trouble
The Province of British Columbia offers a program called Hardship Assistance. The support is intended to meet the essential needs of persons or families who are not eligible for income assistance or disability assistance. Hardship assistance is not an entitlement, but may be provided at the discretion of the Minister according to legislative and regulatory criteria. It is provided on a temporary basis, for only one month at a time and must be re-established each month.
When God finished creating the world, He looked at it and said it was very good. Of course it was – He is the God who is perfect and all He does, He does perfectly. It wasn’t until sin entered the world that things went off the rails – and immediately! This is the foundation of an interesting verse in the book of Job. Job’s friend Eliphaz is trying to make sense of all that Job went through and he says this in Job 5:6: “For hardship does not spring from the soil, nor does trouble sprout from the ground.” The point he is making is that trials and difficulties don’t just spring up from the ground. They come at us because of things we have done that bring them on, or because we live in a fallen world and bad things happen. The context is that God sends them or allows them to humble us and draw us close to Him. Sometimes the reason for trials and hardships is obvious – we brought it on ourselves. Sometimes, however, like in the case of Job, they don’t seem to make sense. At that point we just need to trust the Lord, walk humbly with Him through the trials and allow Him to carry us through.
These have been words from the heart.