Worst Case Scenarios

This devotional was to go out May 2nd but our program had a glitch.

“At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said,’Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.’ In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.” (Job 1:20-22)

Worst Possible Scenario! Can you relate to this term? I know there have been times that as I cope with a nerve disorder and the related pain and frustrations I have felt everything had led to the worst possible scenario.

Recently I read the following story. A man was telling about teaching at a Bible college in a large city and he sometimes graded papers at a food court while waiting for a commuter train. One day, he accidentally bumped his large cup of coffee and its entire contents emptied into his open briefcase. The teacher related that in most cities, there is a quiet reserve on the part of commuters. However, the coffee splash was so dramatic that it could not be ignored. A man sitting nearby said aloud, “Worse possible scenario!”

Even though each of us dreads the thought of something in particular: financial loss, the death of a child or spouse, cancer, or another loss or hardship, that comment was obviously an overstatement.

The book of Job is a case study in worst possible scenarios. In spite of all the trials, Job wisely assessed God’s role in trying circumstances of loss and poor health. “He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold” (Job 23:10). From this wise statement we can learn two valuable lessons: One is that what we dread most can be used to test our character and make us stronger. The other is that God will provide the strength and comfort to see us through.

Cling to God as He has promised to work on our behalf, even in the worst possible scenario.

“But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold”(Job 23:10).

About the Author:
Patricia Armstrong lives with her husband in Virginia Beach and in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia (where she and her husband will retire in less than a year). She prays that God will give her the strength to use trials to draw closer to Him.

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