• Julie Busler

Stop Searching For Death

God allowed Satan to test Job, a man said to have “perfect integrity, who fears God and turns away from evil.” Job had lost all his animals, his servants, all his sons and daughters died in a freak accident, and his entire body became infected with boils. While aware that God gives and God takes away, and even while praising God’s name, Job was human.

In chapter 3, Job said: “Why is light given to one burdened with grief, and life to those whose existence is bitter, who wait for death, but it does not come, and search for it more than for hidden treasure, who are filled with much joy and are glad when they reach the grave?” (Job‬ ‭3:20-22‬). We even see Job say “I prefer strangling — death rather than life in this body” (Job‬ ‭7:15‬).

Have you waited for death and searched for it more than for hidden treasure?

I have.

Has your mind wandered to a method of death that has more allure than enduring one more day on this fallen earth?

But like Job, we can choose life and hold fast.

The same power that raised Jesus from the bondage of death, lives in you as a redeemed child of God. In your weakness, God is strong. You are an overcomer in Christ Jesus.

Eventually “the Lord blessed the last part of Job’s life more than the first” (Job 42:12). What if he had given up and chosen death? He would have certainly missed out on abundant blessings that perhaps he couldn’t have even imagined had he tried.

We must persevere. Yes the struggling is real. It feels like the pain will never go away.

But, we have no idea what joy and blessing awaits us.

Instead of death, let’s search for wisdom in God’s Word: “if you seek it like silver and search for it like hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and discover the knowledge of God” (Proverbs‬ ‭2:4-5‬)

Instead of death, let’s remember God’s promises. “I rejoice over your promise like one who finds vast treasure” (‭‭Psalms‬ ‭119:162‬)

Instead of death, let’s seek Jesus, for “In him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (‭‭Colossians‬ ‭2:3‬).

Instead of death, let’s seek the kingdom of God: “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure, buried in a field, that a man found and reburied. Then in his joy he goes and sells everything he has and buys that field”(Matthew‬ ‭13:44‬).

And let’s not forget that God has put his treasure in our weak, grieving, struggling, imperfect, mentally ill bodies for a purpose. “For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of God’s glory in the face of Jesus Christ. Now we have this treasure in clay jars, so that this extraordinary power may be from God and not from us” (2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:6-7‬).

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