Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. . . The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord Lifts up the Lowly
His skin oozed as he scraped at the sores and scabs that covered his flesh. He sat on his throne of ashes, looking out at all that was left of his once great wealth. And it wasn’t much.
Satan had systematically stolen all that was his. His livestock was stolen. His servants were massacred. His livelihood went up in smoke. His children were killed. His health was hanging on by a thread. His wife gave up on him. His siblings and acquaintances abandoned him.
But there was one thing that Satan could not touch. The hope Job had in the Lord his God. In good times and bad, God is the help of the helpless, the defender of the defenseless, the lover of the loveless and unloved. When Job’s life let him down, God remained his helper. When he was laid low—the Lord lifted him up and restored him.
Like Job, you can trust in the Lord. He is the God who allowed himself to be lifted onto a cross to pay for your sins, to make you righteous in his sight. He is the one you can trust to lift you up when life lets you down.
Whatever you are facing this day, put your trust in the Lord.
My Lord and my God, I will praise you as long as I live, for you are my hope, my help, and my salvation. Amen.