Do you ever sit back and reminisce on where you’ve been and where you are now? How for some God has blessed abundantly and others not so much? For some, there is evidence of how merciful God has been and for others not? Some can’t see much of a difference from a few years ago and for others much change has occurred? You can see how you came from nothing and now accomplishing something! Or maybe you had something and now you’re down to nothing?
Job 1:21 (AMP)
And said, Naked (without possessions) came I [into this world] from my mother’s womb, and naked (without possessions) shall I depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; blessed (praised and magnified in worship) be the name of the Lord!
Job was an example of someone who had everything; family and abundance. The Lord had blessed him immeasurably and he was faithful to Him. Then the tables turned and it was time for Job to be tested in his faith. Everything was taken from him except his own life. He’s an example of how we should act when we are tested and our faith is shaken up.
It seemed he was a somebody who was turning into a nobody. But if we read the rest of the story, God blessed him with more than what he had before. He didn’t just bless him materially; He healed him physically, spiritually, and mentally.
Job was stricken with a severe inflammation from the sole of his feet to the crown of his head (Job 2:7-8). God healed him from his sickness and cured his body.
For those who have ailments and are struggling with physical pain, look at what Job went through and have courage that the Lord can do the same for you. He cured in both Old and New Testaments and He is still in the healing business today. Now, that’s something to shout about!
Jobs’ faith grew stronger in God. Job is an example of faith being tested to the max. The more we trust and have faith in the Lord, the better we will be in handling our situations. It’s like a renewed outlook in life. You allow the Lord to work in you and He gives you a way of dealing with things with a wiser perspective. He puts words and thoughts in your mind that is just amazing.
God healed his sorrows from losing his family. I can’t imagine losing my family in one sweep, but that’s what happened with Job. All his children were at the eldest son’s home having dinner and between an act of war and nature, they were all swept away (Job 1:13-19). If we look from our own experiences how it hurts when one of our loved ones are hurt or sick, how does it make us feel? Or in Job’s case, have a loved one die. The healing process can be a long one, but God healed and gave him a new set of family. This shows us how greater is God’s love than if we would try to heal ourselves. Job was completely healed from every aspect in life. The only way is God’s way; Job was healed completely. He died old and contented (Job 42:17).
Joseph, Mary’s husband and Jesus’ earthly father, was another person who was pleased where he was in life. He was engaged to Mary and soon they would marry and have lots of children and live happily ever after…. So, they thought! When Joseph knew that Mary was pregnant, he was confused and disillusioned. His previous plans had been destroyed. We can imagine that he lost sleep, walked around in a daze during the day and probably had a hard time functioning normally. He must have felt that in a blink of an eye, he lost everything. Even though Mary told him that an angel visited her and she would conceive via the Holy Spirit, Joseph had doubts.
Matthew 1:18-19 (AMP)
18Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place under these circumstances: When His mother Mary had been promised in marriage to Joseph, before they came together, she was found to be pregnant [through the power] of the Holy Spirit.
19And her [promised] husband Joseph, being a just and upright man and not willing to expose her publicly and to shame and disgrace her, decided to repudiate and dismiss (divorce) her quietly and secretly.
How was God going to deal with Joseph, Mary’s future spouse? We have to remember when God puts things in order, we see His hand upon every situation to its completion. When we read Mathew 1:18-25, we see how Joseph was unsure on what to do. But he gets convicted by an angel through a dream and is reassured of her pregnancy and the assignment they are called to do; he doesn’t question or complain about it. He honors and protects Mary and the unborn child.
Mary and Joseph’s life would never be the same. Did Joseph and Mary really know how instrumental and crucial their role would play in the life of Jesus? They sure did after her conception through the Holy Spirit and the dream Joseph had. There was no question the work that was set before them; things would never be the same.
When we read these two stories, it gives us hope that in any instant we can be uprooted from the normalcy of our lives into supernatural destiny driven lifestyles that would change our whole outlook in life. Now, not everyone will have these extremes happen in our lives. The Lord has chosen a destiny just for us and depending on how much we allow the Lord to move us, will depend on how much he can use us. It’s very important that we don’t look at our limitations and doubts. We have to surrender and allow Him to align us where He desires. This is when we’ll see our true destiny unfold before us.
We can’t be controlled by fear; we have to be controlled by faith. Fear is not from the Lord. Whenever you have any fear of anything in life, we have to remember that we’re allowing the enemy to get the best of us. Faith, which is from God, allows us to move into territories otherwise impossible to the human mind. As we think about these things, let us move from a natural somebody to a supernatural somebody.
My title states, “Nothing to Something”, but as I finish this devotion I am led to change it from “Somebody to Nobody to a Spiritual body”; it’s a cycle. We think we’re “somebody” and through certain circumstances, situations, and mishaps, we feel we’re “nobody.” As we allow the Lord to work all things out, we start to see His marvelous hand at work and we come out better than before to a “Spiritual body.” We can never underestimate his power.