Forty days and Forty nights is the time for Christian believers to observe Lent.
Lent is a time of reflection, prayer, and repentance. We at Boyer Writes will take this time to bring to you a special thought or two during Lent. It is our hope and prayer that it will speak to someone who is reading and seeking more of Jesus Christ in their lives.
We begin with the book of Job, found in the Old Testament of the Holy Scriptures. We ask the question why a man who loved God with all his heart would be allowed to be tested in every area of his life? Satan said to God that Job would certainly deny Him and even curse Him if the things he held dear were taken away. What were those things?
- His wealth and possessions
- His family
- His health
This many years later, those things do not sound any different from what the modern day person may cherish. Job’s many possessions were stolen by bandits; a storm killed his children and much more!
By this illustration, it seems that God does allow testing. Do we understand it? Not really…at least not fully. Why would God allow something terrible to happen to a believer in order to prove Satan wrong? We may not get an answer to that question until we meet God face to face.
We often hear people say that God wanted to take someone when there was an accident or sickness. I never believed that a loving God deliberately brings evil. He does allow man to have free will and we suffer the consequences to our actions or the actions of others. Health issues often overtake us because of pollution, the environment, or disease. The natural result of all these things is inevitable. Difficulties are a part of life that can not be easily explained.
Job did what most people would not do or say : Job arose , tore his robe, shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. He said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there; the Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrongdoing.
We won’t get ahead of ourselves, but if you want to peek to the end of the book, you will find out how God made everything right for Job. God would reward him greater than he had ever been rewarded.
At this time of Lent, there will be readers who are going through some extremely hard times and perhaps doubts about faith. One may say that he/she could never have this kind of relationship with God. This is understandable, but sometimes in the middle of the trials, we must wait and seek…resting and believing that He will find a way to make us understand. The answer that we look for is probably not in the dramatic or what we even expect…but in a small still voice……a gentle whisper. (1st Kings 19)To best view the video below, turn on the sound and enlarge.