Job 6:13 (NIV)
13 Do I have any power to help myself,
now that success has been driven from me?
Job 42:1-6 (NIV)
42 Then Job replied to the Lord:
2 “I know that you can do all things;
no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
3 You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’
Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me to know.
4 “You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.’
5 My ears had heard of you
but now my eyes have seen you.
6 Therefore I despise myself
and repent in dust and ashes.”
Job was winning at life. He had it all- wealth and riches, family and friends, health and happiness. He was living the dream. Then he wasn’t. Virtually overnight, nearly everything he had was ripped away from him and he was left to wallow in the ashes, a broken, angry, lonely, miserable, pain-stricken man.
Seemingly without hope, Job said, “What strength do I have that I should continue to hope? …Since I cannot help myself, the hope of success has been banished from me.”
Job had nothing left, including strength, and it looked like God had abandoned him too. But it wasn’t all over for him. The One who had given him success (and allowed it to be taken away) would restore Job’s fortunes, actually giving him double what he had before disaster struck. You can read the rest of the story here:
Job 42:10-17 (NIV)
10 After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before. 11 All his brothers and sisters and everyone who had known him before came and ate with him in his house. They comforted and consoled him over all the trouble the Lord had brought on him, and each one gave him a piece of silverand a gold ring.
12 The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys. 13 And he also had seven sons and three daughters.14 The first daughter he named Jemimah, the second Keziah and the third Keren-Happuch. 15 Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job’s daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers.
16 After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. 17 And so Job died, an old man and full of years.
A.W. Tozer once said, “God may allow His servant to succeed when He has disciplined him to a point where he does not need to succeed to be happy. The man who is elated by success and is cast down by failure is still a carnal man. At best his fruit will have a worm in it.”
Have you ever lived through a season when things seemed hopeless? When I feel that way, it’s often because I feel helpless. In my own strength, I can’t do it. I can’t get through it. I’m simply not enough. And while that’s true, it fails to take God into account. Through God, I can do anything. We all can.
While Job wavered, he kept trusting God. We see this is Job 13:15.
Job 13:15 (NIV)
15 Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him;
I will surely defend my ways to his face.
Success depends on God’s grace. The challenge for us is to keep depending on Him, no matter what season we find ourselves in.