No Peace

Ben Van Arragon

Read: Job 3:1-26

Job said, . . . “What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me. I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil.” (vv. 25-26 NIV)

Several years ago, I went on a camping trip with my wife’s family. On our first night, we were caught in a violent thunderstorm. We huddled together under our dining tent as torrents of rainwater rushed past our ankles. My mother-in-law (who had been extremely reluctant to join us on this, her first camping trip) began laughing uproariously. We feared she had lost her mind. But then she said, “In my imagination this was my worst-case scenario for this trip. And I’m okay!”

Job finds himself in the worst-case scenario of his life. He has lost his children, his wealth, his home, and his health. Job is amidst the most extreme suffering imaginable. What makes this trial intolerable is the fear that his Comforter—his God—has abandoned him, too. Job has no peace.

When our earthly comforts are threatened or lost, where do we find our peace? We remember Isaiah’s prophetic words about Jesus: “Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted . . . the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed” (Isa. 53:4-5 NIV). At the cross, Jesus faced our worst-case scenario and won our peace, no matter how difficult our circumstances. There is no greater comfort. —Ben Van Arragon

Prayer: Jesus my Savior, thank you for the unshakeable comfort of your peace.