S (Scripture): Job 14:7 Job speaks: “But there is hope for a tree: If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail.
14:8 Although its roots may grow old in the ground and its stump begins to die in the soil,
14:9 at the scent of water it will flourish and put forth shoots like a new plant.
14:10 But man dies and is powerless; he expires – and where is he?
14:11 As water disappears from the sea, or a river drains away and dries up,
14:12 so man lies down and does not rise; until the heavens are no more, they will not awake
nor arise from their sleep.”
O (Observation): Job is quite convinced that nothing can be worse than what he’s going through right now. As he sees it, trees are better off than a person…surely a tree will have new shoots to spring up. But a human? Nope. No such hope.
This is such a low point. I have a hard time imaging this low.
Job is still trying to use logic to get to a point of understanding. At this point, this task seems impossible. The more he searches for a reason for this suffering, the more he searches for hope, the further he falls into the throes of despair. This is difficult reading, indeed.
A (Application): Talk about total depravity. This image of a dried up river bed makes my mouth feel like all of the moisture has been sucked dry…like waking up in the morning with a dry mouth.
One time have I felt such a low…I was interviewing for a position as a pastor, and the whole thing went sour. I couldn’t find the words to who I am, or what God has called me to be. I stumbled all over myself. It was bad…and I felt like a dried up river bed. Hope was lost.
I had a good friend/mentor who helped me work through the feelings and layers of self-doubt. He reminded me that my one-ness with God was important…not some interview or position. He reminded me that my identity was wrapped up in my baptism. (A great way to combat being all “dried up,” no?)
As I further explore what it means to be a child of God, a part of the body of Christ, I see Jesus as my life source, as my living water.
What is making you feel all dried up and without hope today? I invite you to take a look at who and whose you are today. Come, allow the Lord to care for you. Let the Lord do a work in you and through you.
P (Prayer): Lord, sometimes we just can’t see beyond his moment, this Pit, this circumstance. Guide others to bring us along. Give us something to learn while in the Pit. Bring us living water, that we may never thirst again. Amen.