Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind…
~ Job 38:1 ~
The Commentary section of my Community Bible Study on Job is titled, “What Happens When God Shows Up.” Job wanted God to appear to him, in person, so he could voice his complaint. God did appear, out of the whirlwind.
The title brought up a question, “What does happen when God shows up?” My thoughts centered around how appropriate this statement is in my present situation.
The last two months have been brutally stressful; the amount of stress letting up in the past week or so. As a consequence of the stress and other physical problems, I now have gastritis, which is inflammation of the lining of the stomach. There are other complications from the gastritis, the worst is not being able to sleep due to the pain and irritation. Also, because of my allergies and sensitivity to chemicals, the doctor told me that I was limited in what she could prescribe.
But something good has come from the gastritis — I must choose either to trust God to care for me as I take the medicine until my stomach heals, or to fear possible adverse side effects the medicine may have on my body and not take it.
This is where the statement, “What Happens When God Shows Up,” comes in. While I was waiting to be called in to see the doctor, I went through my little orange New Testament. I do not customarily flip through the Bible and pick something to read, but I did this time. First, Revelation 7:1,
After these things I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree.
With the thought, “These are powerful angels; my God is mighty,” I then randomly flipped to Hebrews 11, and read, verses 33 and 34; but part of verse 34 caught my attention,
. . . out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
This time my thought was, “I am weak; so, I am going to be made strong.”
I went back and read about those, who “By faith,” had overcome adverse circumstances. I understood how these faithful obtained a good testimony through faith (Hebrews 11:39), whether they lived or died as a result of their circumstance.
My conclusion was this, God, who created the angels, winds, and mankind, is therefore greater than any created thing. He who knows physics and physiology, the thoughts and intents of our hearts, and who is with us continually, could, if He chose to, heal me miraculously or through the medicine. So, I took the medicine, after I chose to trust God knowing that He is much bigger than any adverse side effect the medicine could have and that He will reward my faith. For as it says in Hebrews 11:6,
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
The Lord also gave me another encouragement, from Hebrews 12:1,2,
Therefore, . . . let us lay aside every weight, . . . and . . . run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, . . .
So, with the goal before me, I am running my race, taking the hurdles, bumps, pot holes, distractions, etc., as they come, one day at a time. I am not alone, my Savior is with me; God not only shows up, but is with me continually. Two more thoughts come to mind regarding Hebrews 11:34, “Because of Him, I can be valiant as I battle my way back to a healthy stomach. I can turn to flight fears, doubts, disquiet, etc., as long as I trust Him.”
Heavenly Father, thank You for being with me; for knowing what goes on in my body, and for having a purpose for the things You allow in my life. Be glorified in my response to this new circumstance and bring praise and honor to Yourself, as I daily walk with You. And when I have days that are not good, and I am overwhelmed by stress, pain, irritation, whatever it may be, remind me that I do not have to wait for You to show up, but that You are with me and Your Son, Jesus, is interceding on my behalf. It is in His name, that I pray, amen.