What would you do if you lost everything?

What would you do if you lost everything?

Adapted from Part 4 of our Resilience Series – Life According to Job by Ezra Davidson. Watch the full message below.

Job had lost everything, and when I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING!

He had every reason to be bitter and curse God, and yet He kept His faith. That didn’t mean he wasn’t upset or hurting though. As we can see in Job 6:2-3 he was struggling greatly:

“If only my anguish could be weighed and all my misery be placed on the scales! It would surely outweigh the sand of the seas—no wonder my words have been impetuous.”

Think about that for a moment. All the sand of the sea could not outweigh his anguish.

Job was carrying a massive weight. He felt the pressure. He felt the weight of all the things that were happening to him. He felt crushed and overwhelmed to the point of breaking. He was struggling to control his actions and words.

And yet it didn’t break him.

What made Job so resilient?

He stood resilient because his resilience was not based on his ability to withstand the pressure.

His resilience had nothing to do with how good he was at dealing with stressful situations.

He was resilient in this overwhelming situation only because of the foundation upon which he had built his life.

When we are introduced to Job, we hear that he is a man who was “blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.” (Job 1:1)

Job had built his life worshipping and obeying God. He had lived his life seeking God and honouring God’s ways.

When the storm struck and left him overwhelmed it didn’t break him. Because his foundation wasn’t man-made.

It didn’t break him because he knew who his God was.

His rock was his faith in God. His rock was knowing that God was his deliverer, that God had a purpose for his life. And though he might not be able to “fathom the mysteries of God” (Job 11:7) he was able to understand that all he needed to know in the midst of his trial was that God is good and will not forsake him.

Jesus said “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24-25)

If we want to remain resilient against life’s pressures, let’s make sure we’re building on the right foundation – a life built on Jesus himself.

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