Job 30:26-When I looked for good, then evil came unto me: and when I waited for light, there came darkness.
The book of job is one of poetry and even though it happened after Genesis is was written before it. It still holds timeless truths for today even though it’s old age. Job had everything a man could ask for yet he had it all taken away from him. It wasn’t because of his sin but, it was because God has seen his great faith and considered him worthy to suffer for him.In God’s conversation with Satan, he says “Have you considered my servant Job?” God asks Satan. “There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil” (Job 1:8). This is the opposite of Advent. Where Advent is the season that we anticipate the light of God manifested in Jesus Christ coming to enter a dark world we see Job having the light of God and everything being blissful and waiting for God to answer his groans and complaints but, instead of light coming he experienced more darkness.
It’s easy to praise God when everything is going good for you. Are you praising him in your darkness? When you cannot see the light and you are blinded by the suffering, trials, and temptations of the world consider all the Christ did for us on the cross, consider that we consider worthy to share in the fellowship of His sufferings and pick up your cross daily and follow him. It’s easy to praise God when everything is fine and dandy. When the winds of life are calm but, when the storm comes, praise him still! If we praise him only in the light of life then we are only looking at what he can do for us and not at what we can do for him and that is shallow Christianity, if Christianity at all.
Lord, let me fear you in the light and darkness of my life. Have your way in me. You are the potter and I am the clay. Transform me into the image of your son. Teach me Lord, what you want in times of darkness for I have found that the greatest lessons of your light is found in my greatest times of darkness. You tell us to walk by faith and not by sight. I trust you every step of the way. In Jesus name, Amen!