Rocky Road
by Mark Shields
Published on May 25, 2023
Categories: Devotions

Rocky Road

In life, things can get rocky. We can be going down the road and obstacles get in the way to block our progress. I read this joke that ask this question, *Why did the ice cream truck break down?” The answer will come a little later in the comments.

Reading today in Job 1, we find out that Job was a man of faith with a large family, and of significant wealth. He walked the walk, was a family man, and a godly man. He became a target of Satan because Satan believed that God gave Job all he had but God knew who Job was so he allowed Job to be tested.

Satan was allowed to cause bad to happen to Job so Job lost his family, his livestock, and his property but continued to worship God. He said the following in verse 21 (Job):

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,

   And naked I will depart.

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away;

   May the name of the Lord be praised.” 

What we can take away from this passage is that our responses in difficulties should be to put things into perspective. We came into the world with nothing and we leave with nothing. What we do have is the love of God and that’s worth more than we could ever imagine.

So this day with God, let us look at problems as bringing another opportunity to gain experience. If we have patience and make Christ more than an acquaintance, we can endure distress and God will bless.

This day with You Lord, help us to take on difficulties with the right perspective. Help us to handle strive, struggle, and disappointment knowing that there is nothing You are not able to solve. Help us to find strength at these times through the power of grace because of our acceptance of Christ as Savior. Amen.


Mark Shields, Thanks for reading! This blog started from a small Bible Study group several years ago with just a few followers and now has grown beyond what I would have imagined. I’ve found it to be a great tool in my journey through the Bible and you, my readers are holding me accountable to daily Bible reading and study.

 We live in a busy world with busy schedules and being able to share some thoughts about this journey with others across this world through the Internet is truly a blessing.

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