Gripping a shard of broken pottery, he picked at his festering sores. He was seated in the ashes of yesterday’s disappointments surrounded by the hopelessness of another waning day. Yesterday looked like today which resembled tomorrow. His family was destroyed. His wealth was depleted. His reputation was ruinous. In contemptuous disdain, his friends labeled him a sinner but that wasn’t the end of Job’s story.
Paul spoke out in Acts 26:2 saying, “I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews.”
Paul was in trouble. He was standing before King Agrippa. His future was filled with uncertainty. He had narrowly missed being sent to Jerusalem to be judged by the Jews and now he was slated to be sent unto Caesar. And yet, Paul says “I think myself happy…”
By the time a child is 18 years of age, they have been told “no” an estimated 148,000 times. The average toddler hears the word “no” 400 times a day. It’s no wonder teens and adults alike are plagued with anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideations. Disappointment is everywhere we turn or at least the adversary would have us to think so…
Paul was able to say “I think myself happy” because he understood that God was in control. And no matter the outcome, tomorrow was going to be better than today.
You should know that tomorrow is going to be better than today. Philippians 1:28 reads, “And in nothing being terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.” The Amplified bible states it a little differently, “And in no way alarmed or intimidated (in anything) by your opponents, for such (constancy and fearlessness on your part) is a (clear) sign (a proof and a seal) for them of (their impending) destruction, but (a clear sign) for you of deliverance and salvation and that too, from God.”
I think myself happy. My smile, my expression, my words are indication of how things are going to turn out. I’m not the one that’s about to have a bad day. It’s the adversary, the devil, the accuser of the brethren that’s going to have a bad day. He’s going to be utterly destroyed but I am going to have victory.
It was Job’s expression…it was Job’s countenance that destroyed the devil. Sitting in ashes, picking at his sores with a broken shard of pottery, he was faced with his wife’s angry words. She looked at him and said, “…curse God, and die.” But Job didn’t waiver. It’s recorded in Job 1:21, “Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” Historians believe that the entire trial of Job lasted six months and God gave Job twice as much as he had before.