“Are the comforts of God too small for you, or the word that deals gently with you? Why does your heart carry you away…?” Job 15:11-12
We often use that expression, “Don’t get carried away.” It’s usually used when we get so excited about something, and need to be warned against impulsive and over-enthusiastic behavior. This morning I read this passage and thought of it another way.
This was Job’s friend, Eliphaz, speaking. Granted, he didn’t really have a clue as to Job’s situation. And yet, his probing question digs deep into the heart.
It brings me back to mother Eve, who, before her encounter with the serpent, was enjoying the perfection of God’s creation. She had all those trees, and didn’t need to look for more, until the serpent drew her attention away. He drew her attention to what God prohibited, that God was a liar, and that she would do better to help herself rather than trust that God had her best in mind. We all know how that turned out.
“Are the comforts of God too small for you?” asked Eliphaz. It pointed my attention to all that God has done, all that he has given, and all that he has been to me. What a powerful question! Is all of this not enough? Is God not enough? Remember. Take time to think about all of God’s faithfulness in the past. Meditate on His character. Selah.
So now, “why does your heart carry you away?” There are several things that may carry my heart away… from God. As soon as I read the question I saw them: fear, anxiety, doubt. Where do those really spring from? From a heart that has lost its perspective. It has moved from its intended primary focus, God, to other things.
What will happen tomorrow? Well, God has told you not to worry about that. What about my needs? God said he would provide that. Does God really know because it doesn’t seem like he’s hearing me. Believe him, he knows.
Cast all of those things that are carrying your heart away upon him, because he cares for you.