What I always feared has happened to me.
What I dreaded has come true. NLT
It is odd to hear this from a man of faith like Job. He has trusted God and feared Him. He has walked faithfully before Him. He has born suffering and loss and refused to sin by blaming God. He is considered by the God of the universe to be a good and righteous man. The blessing of Heaven has been poured out upon him and he has enjoyed the pleasures and riches of this life. Yet, as with most all frail earthly creatures such as ourselves, he has ‘feared for the worst’. I don’t blame him. I don’t condemn him. I just take notice that this temptation to fear the future is strong. What we cannot see or control has a tendency to haunt us. When we suffer physically in our bodies, often our worst fears rise up and plague us. This may be out of character for a godly man like Job but not surprising considering all that he is facing.
The promises of Scripture bring a current of hope that transcends our fear of the future. Surely God knew that we finite, short-sighted, earthbound creatures would struggle with this fear. His promises prove that He knew and He intentionally addressed this fear. It is our job to internalize these promises. To write them on our hearts and make them available to our minds.
When the fear of the future pounds us in the midst of physical pain and loss, we are those who remember that He will never leave us nor forsake us. That His mercies are new every morning and His faithfulness is great. That we are loved with an everlasting love and thus He continues to be faithful to us. And we internalize the great truth about the One, Jesus Christ, who died in our stead – He truly is the same yesterday, today and forever.
All of the promises are ‘Yes’ in Christ Jesus our Lord. Don’t worry about tomorrow. Today’s trouble is enough for today.