8th writing of Lent: “Pillar of the Community and Living like a King”
Job was a pillar of his community. He would have been the “big guy on campus” if he were younger. This is what he said about himself:
“When I went out to the gate of the city, when I took my seat in the square; the young men withdrew and the aged rose up and stood…I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame. I was a father to the needy and I championed the cause of the stranger…They listened to me and waited and kept silence for my counsel…sat as a chief and I lived like a king…”
That was then and reality is now for Job. He has lost it all. There is another scripture passage that reads like this:
In the Book of Luke, Jesus said,”…If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it and those who lose their life for my sake will save it. What does it profit them if they gain the whole world, but lose or forfeit themselves?” (Some translations: “…or lose your soul”)
Job was not losing his soul, but his life as he was experiencing it was intolerable. Being powerful, wealthy, or honored does not mean that life can’t change in an instant…even if we have the ability to live like kings.
For those who have traveled outside the USA or from your home in Europe and Asia to third world countries, it is apparent that we do live like kings comparatively. The future is uncertain economically, politically, and environmentally. The horrors of war and terrorism; the destruction of tornadoes; starvation and famine strike with no respect for a person’s status, education, or wealth. It can all be “out the window” for us as it was for Job. Only then do we truly know our character and the strength of our faith. At this time of Lent, we must lay our futures before the altar of God, for only He knows what will come next.
Recently I learned of a story of a modern-day man, named Pastor L.M Jeyamohan. He was born in Malaysia, lost his mother when he was 2 years old. En route to London via India he lost his 35-year-old father in India, thus becoming an orphan at an early age of 10. Because of this hardship in life, he felt led of God to start an orphanage in India. He believed as Isaiah says, “ He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness the prisoners,to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor …”
In this case, Pastor Jeyomohan did not live like a king…never had…but he believed that he could take his misfortune and suffering…. and bring hope and life to others. Below is a video of the girls at the orphanage, Michael’s Children”s Home, in India.