“Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands. Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees. But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.”
Job’s life before calamity hit it seems to be a life filled with helping others. According to the verses above, Job instructed others on how to make it through their hard times, he picked up those who had fallen, and he strengthened those who were having a hard time standing. His life before calamity struck was the perfect picture of how everyone should live.
However, real life hit Job. The very things he helped others with had come into his life. What his counsel was that helped others now seemed not to be the right counsel because those were mere untested words that were uttered in times of ease. However, the very words that Job spoke to help them in their times of trouble were the very words that would help him in his time of tragedy if he followed his own advice.
Have you ever noticed how much advice people have who have never faced what you are facing? It is always amazing how an unmarried person seems to have the advice for all the married people. It is humorous to hear all the advice on raising children from young married couples who have no children. The young preacher boy who has never pastored a church thinks he has all the answers for the pastor who is facing battle after battle in his church. However, isn’t it amazing how real life changes the mindset of the single person when they get married, or the young married couple once they start having children, or the young preacher boy when he is pastoring his own church. Let me remind you of a few things that you should do when real life hits you.
First, stop worrying about what you would do if real life comes your way. Life is going to happen to all, and worrying about the “what if’s” in life only takes away the energy needed to face the reality of the now. Stop worrying about what you would do when real life hits, and start caring for your real life situation that you are facing today.
Second, the counsel you had before real life hit is still good counsel when real life comes your way. What Job told others to do before tragedy struck his life was the same advice he should have followed in the time of tragedy. My friend, your tragedy doesn’t change the truths you gave to others in their time of need. Most people could counsel themselves in their hardships if they would go back and listen to what they told others to do. The parent who is struggling with their children should go back and listen to their own advice before they had children. The married person who is struggling in their marriage should go back and listen to what they said they would do when they got married. Most likely, what you said before real life hit you was good advice, even though your advice wasn’t tested advice. What makes it good advice is that it was looking at truths without the pressure of real-life situations sitting on your lap. You could make it through your real-life situations if you listened to your previous advice before calamity struck.
My friend, real life doesn’t change truth spoken before real life hits. What you did to help others in their real-life situations will help you in your real-life situation if you will follow the same advice you gave to them. Stop crumbling under the pressure of real life and listen to your own advice.