September 11th, 2001, a day that I still remember just like it happened yesterday. Sitting in my 8th grade english class, the time was 8:46am and my teacher was instructed to turn our tv on. A morning filled with normal classroom activities quickly turned to shock and sadness as I watched our country be attacked with terrorism. Seeing the planes crash into the World Trade Center was something I never thought I would witness and I’m sure no one ever expected to have to go through. Remembering these events is never a bad thing because I believe we should, but often times we forget that even when bad things happen, God has the ability to restore and make new.
I’m reminded of the story about Job. Job 1:1-3 (NIV) tells us that Job was a blameless and upright man who feared God and refrained from evil. He was wealthy, had seven sons and three daughters. He owned thousands of livestock and had many servants. Verse 3 says, “he was the greatest man among all the people of the East.” If you continue reading, you find that the enemy thought the only reason Job loved God was because he was so blessed. But then we see that Job loses everything. He loses his money, his livestock, his family, his servants, he even gets boils on his body. But Job never wavered in his faith towards God. In life, we will encounter bad things, things that will bend us and try to break us. Things that may seem too hard to overcome. But it is in these times that God is making us stronger and shows us that even though we may lose everything, we can remain confident in knowing He is still God.
Job 42:10 (NIV) says, “after Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before.” Deuteronomy 30:1-3 (NIV) says, when all these blessings and curses I have set before you come on you and you take them to heart wherever the Lord your God disperses you among the nations, and when you and your children return to the Lord your God and obey Him with all your heart and with all your soul according to everything I command you today, then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where He scattered you.”
Today I want to remind you that even when tragedy comes, we can stand firm in knowing who our Creator is. We may lose everything just like Job did. There may even be times when the troubles we are facing were brought on by our own disobedience to God. But we can trust and know that God is God and if we keep our eyes focused on Him, nothing can ever stop us from obtaining the prize He has waiting for us. Remember that God does and will restore that which was lost, just keep the faith!
Jessie & Katie Pate