"Such is the destiny of all who forget God; so perishes the hope of the godless. 14 What they trust in is fragile; what they rely on is a spider’s web. 15 They lean on the web,but it gives way; they cling to it, but it does not hold." -Job 8:13-15 (NIV)
Some days it is easy to forget God. When everything falls apart it's easy to look angrily and downtrodden at the ground and forget where your true help comes from. In the above verse, we see one of Job's friends warning him not to forget God. While Job didn't forget God, and his friend was giving advice out of turn, it is a solid picture that his friend gives of what it is like to rely on something other than God.
What happens when things are not easy? Job is clearly an extreme case losing his entirety to be an example of faithfulness. My natural tendency when things feel shaky is to run to comfort. I'm a learning person who is not perfect; so, while I should run to God who gives us His comfort through the Holy Spirit, I frequently don't. Sometimes comfort is food friends, TV, or even sleep. Maybe comfort is something healthy for you like reading, exercise, or studying something. True hope and comfort is remembering who God is and what He's done for us. Other things can be like a spider's web that give way when pushed too hard.
I'm a practical person. I don't like fluffy advice that has no feet to ground meaning. Thus, my small advice in this big world: remember God. Do it however you need to. Write or journal things you know in your heart of hearts were things or events only God could do. Call someone and have them tell you a moment when they knew God was working in you. Read a new passage of scripture with an open heart to learn a new facet of the Creator. Take actual time in prayer to tell God your heart's burdens and release them to Him. Listen to music that takes you back to a moment when God spoke to you. Do whatever you can do to remember that everything may fall all around you, but He will not.
Written by Jenni Blye