Job 5:7 ‘Yet man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward.’ Job 8:9 ‘for we were born only yesterday and know nothing, and our days on earth are but a shadow.’ Job 14:1 ‘Man born of woman is of few days and full of trouble.’ You gotta hand it to Job, he sure could throw a wet blanket on life’s party! Course, you can understand that given his situation. Remember the story – Had everything, was on top of the world; then God took it all from him. You can understand why he said the things that he said. Funny thing though, this is what the first Chapter of the story tells us: ‘In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.’ Job lived by this philosophy: ‘You only control the Dash’.
Ever look at a tombstone? They usually have a date the person was born, and a date the person died, separated by a ‘dash’. We only control the dash – the time in between. We do not control how God chooses to bless us, or challenge us, we only control our Attitude to the situations God lays before us. It has been said: ‘The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.’
It’s times like these that ought to lead us to surrender everything to Christ. Even after loosing everything, Job said this in Chapter 19 ‘I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God.’ What a great profession of Faith in our Risen Lord! So, when your eulogy’s being read with your life’s actions to rehash…Would you be proud of the things they say about how you spend your dash?? (‘The Dash’ is a famous poem by Linda Ellis and can be read at this website: http://www.sba.muohio.edu/snavely/415/dash.htm )