Nearly five years ago, I was finishing up a normal day of work at Amazon. After bruising a rib during a sledding accident the week earlier, I wasn’t moving too well but felt fine. Thirty minutes before the end of my shift, I sneezed. A few minutes later, I started having trouble breathing. I sat down, thinking everything would be fine. Moments later I collapsed as a co-worker rushed to get a paramedic on site. Before I knew, I was rushed to a hospital in the back of an ambulance, placed into a Cat-Scan machine to see what was wrong. The diagnosis, two broken ribs and a partially collapse lung.
So Satan departed from the presence of the Lord and struck Job with loathsome boils and agonizingly painful sores from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. 8 And Job took a piece of broken pottery with which to scrape himself, and he sat [down] among the ashes (rubbish heaps), Job 2:7-8.
In the aftermath of my emergency surgery, I was forced to take a leave of absence. Despite a signed note from my doctors, I wasn’t cleared to return for five weeks. This event caused a major financial strain as well as delaying a promotion for another five months. Although my insurance covered most all my hospital bills, I owned over three thousand dollar for two ambulances, one to the hospital and the other to Christiana for my operation. No matter how prepared you may be in life, only God knows when your next emergency will arrive.
Then his wife said to him, “Do you still cling to your integrity [and your faith and trust in God, without blaming Him]? Curse God and die!” 10 But he said to her, “You speak as one of the [spiritually] foolish women speaks [ignorant and oblivious to God’s will]. Shall we indeed accept [only] good from God and not [also] accept adversity and disaster?” In [spite of] all this Job did not sin with [words from] his lips, Job 2:9-10.
My wife Leanne and I recently started a Dave Ramsey Financial Peace class. This course covers financial planning topics throughout nine sessions. While I can’t make any judgments from one week, the goal of this small group study is to prepare couples and families for financial emergencies. In the passage above, Job and his wife argue following the death of their children in a horrific storm, possibly a tornado. While Job’s wife had given up hope, Job’s relationship with God helped him remain optimistic. Since only God knows the future, make sure you start planning for the future now so that you become a good steward of the resources God provides.
by Jay Mankus