7 Yet man is born to trouble
as surely as sparks fly upward.
8 “But if I were you, I would appeal to God;
I would lay my cause before him.
9 He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed,
miracles that cannot be counted. Job 5:7-9
Job 5:7-9 (the above verses) are more of my go to Scriptures when trouble insists on getting in my way. My husband use to work in a steel mill and he assures me that sparks do fly upward. Trouble does come our way. Sometimes it is the consequence of our own doing BUT many times, it is not. Trouble comes and I like to call it “life happens.” We live in a world that has been marred by sin. You don’t have to listen to the news, read the news, look at the notifications that come to our mobile devices long to understand that you don’t have to go looking for trouble, it will find you.
To me, the verses above speak this truth and what we should do about trouble in nutshell. Yes, trouble comes.It makes no difference if it is the consequence of our own doing or if it is the fact that “life happens” the remedy is always the same, “make our appeal to God, lay our cause before Him.”
One of the long ago songs by the Hawkins family says,”God is Standing By.” You don’t hear it much anymore but it spoke to my heart then and it speaks now.
“Everywhere you go there is trouble
Everywhere you go there is strife
Everywhere you go there is something that worries you
But remember (my God is standing by)
(Oh God is standing by), no need to cry
(God is standing near), no need to fear
Jesus, He’ll be right there, (He’s everywhere)
(Well let me tell ya)
(He’ll roll those dark clouds away) yes
(He’ll hear you when you pray) oh yes
(He’ll hear you when you call) yes
(He’ll catch you before you fall) oh yes
(Jesus, He’ll be your friend) yes
(He’ll guide you until the end)
My God is standing by
Remember, my God Is Standing By”
The remaining verses in Job 5 give us illustrations of the wonders and miracles of our God. His grace is sufficient for our every need (2 Corinthians 12:9). Job 5:8-16, NLT translation:
8 “If I were you, I would go to God
and present my case to him.
9 He does great things too marvelous to understand.
He performs countless miracles.
- 10 He gives rain for the earth and water for the fields.
- 11 He gives prosperity to the poor and protects those who suffer.
- 12 He frustrates the plans of schemers so the work of their hands will not succeed.
- 13 He traps the wise in their own cleverness so their cunning schemes are thwarted.
14 They find it is dark in the daytime, and they grope at noon as if it were night.
- 15 He rescues the poor from the cutting words of the strong, and rescues them from the clutches of the powerful.
- 16 And so at last the poor have hope,
and the snapping jaws of the wicked are shut.
Amen! Hallelujah! These verses should stir the hope and joy that lives within the believer! God is with us and has all we need to overcome trouble even if the trouble is a consequence of our own doing. Let’s continue to read Job 5:
17 “But consider the joy of those corrected by God! Do not despise the discipline of the Almighty when you sin.
18 For though he wounds, he also bandages.
He strikes, but his hands also heal.
19 From six disasters he will rescue you;
even in the seventh, he will keep you from evil.
20 He will save you from death in time of famine,
from the power of the sword in time of war.
21 You will be safe from slander
and have no fear when destruction comes.
22 You will laugh at destruction and famine;
wild animals will not terrify you.
23 You will be at peace with the stones of the field,
and its wild animals will be at peace with you.
24 You will know that your home is safe.
When you survey your possessions, nothing will be missing.
25 You will have many children;
your descendants will be as plentiful as grass!
26 You will go to the grave at a ripe old age,
like a sheaf of grain harvested at the proper time!
27 “We have studied life and found all this to be true.
Listen to my counsel, and apply it to yourself.”
We know and understand that these are the words of Job’s friend, Eliphaz. Eliphaz was presumptuous in thinking that Job’s problems were disciplinary and all Job needed was an attitude correction. God gets this straight in the end, but what we need to see for today is Eliphaz’s wrong assumptions about Job does not negate his correct words regarding the character and attributes of our God, “He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.”
If trouble is in your way today, cry out to the Lord with sincerity of heart and behold His sufficient grace and mercy.