Out of the sky the terror falls, a tornado with destruction so precise that it feels as if it was created and designed specifically for you. Terrors in life are like a tornado. Death, disease, debt, divorce can all fall out of seemingly nowhere and create such a state of despondency that simply can not be described. But where do we run when life’s terror tornados come? Do these events draw us closer to God or anger us away from him?
Job was a man of great pain and sorrows. He bore more than any man could ever handle or even comprehend. Wealth, health and family was taken from him in the blink of an eye. Hell on earth became his lot. The devil made sure of it.
“Terrors are turned upon me: they pursue my soul as the wind: and my welfare passeth away as a cloud. And now my soul is poured out upon me; the days of affliction have taken hold upon me” (Job 30:15-16)
Terrors are turned upon me. Destruction and chaos dumped on him all at once. Terror, a calamity from nowhere that is unexpected and not prepared for. With a hurricane there is advance warning. You can prepare or even evacuate. But a tornado drops from the sky unexpectedly. It brings death and destruction with pinpoint accuracy. Terrors in life are like a tornado. Life’s “terror tornado” can hit mind, body, soul and spirit sucking out the very strength and love dedicated to God. That was the devil’s intent with Job. It is his intent with you and I also.
The terror pursues, “my soul as the wind”. The reference to soul here is excellence of person; it is of character, of self. The wind has special meaning if not a double meaning. The wind can be the physical movement of air or the supernatural movement of the spirit. In either case the spiritual affects the physical. The devil was trying to prove to God that the physical affects the spiritual. God called Job, “perfect and an upright man”. “That old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world,” was dead set to prove God wrong.
This is something we must check constantly. How much does our physical life affect our spiritual life? When sudden terrors and offenses come, (It is impossible but that offences will come. Luke 17:1), do we suddenly run from God or run closer to him? Do we blame God for the adversity in our life and hate Him for it? Do we act like Job’s wife and demand that he, “curse God” (Job 2:9)? Or do we act like Job during times of terror and worship God, sin not “nor charged God foolishly” (Job 1:22)?
and my welfare passeth away as a cloud. Job’s very being was leaving him. His status and stature were departing. As a cloud that passeth away, as a chunk of ice that was melting, Job could feel himself slipping away. His world as he knew it was dissolving.
And now my soul is poured out upon me; the days of affliction have taken hold upon me.
Now his very soul is liquidating. This is what the devil was after. Melt the physical existence and welfare to expose the inside spiritual existence. The devil thought that if he applied heat to the inside of man that all of God within him would melt away.
Life’s terror tornados will come. No one is free from them. But what are we going to do when we are physically beat down? When money and wealth goes, are you going to God?
“Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.” Proverbs 23:5
When health goes, Doctors don’t heal, friends leave you and life is beyond worth living, what do you do?
“….thy bruise is incurable, and thy wound is grievous. There is none to plead thy cause, that thou mayest be bound up: thou hast no healing medicines. All thy lovers have forgotten thee; they seek thee not; for I have wounded thee with the wound of an enemy, with the chastisement of a cruel one, for the multitude of thine iniquity; because thy sins were increased” (Jeremiah 30:12-14).
Heaven is not on earth but God….
Heaven is not on earth but God is inside of us. The devil created earthly problems for Job in an attempt to get Job to separate himself from God within. Everything will be fine as long as we stay focused on God.
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee” (Isaiah 26:3)
“But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall” (Malachi 4:2).
This Malachi prophecy is of Jesus more than 400 years before Christ was born. The “Sun of righteousness” is the Son of God. All healing both physical and spiritual are through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
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