Job 9:4-He (God) is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against Him, (God) and hath prospered? (Prospered in the Hebrew means to be safe in mind, body or estate; to be at peace.)
In my struggling, faith journey since Elaine’s accident accompanied by my own personal losses, I have asked many difficult questions of God. In my deep questioning, with few answers forthcoming, I developed some personal hardness of heart in my relationship with God. I had my peace snatched.
As Job in the Bible, so wisely stated, how can one who hardens himself against God expect to have peace. Apart from God in Christ, no peace exists. The wakeup call for me has been spiritual complacency and drifting. However God loves me enough to not leave me there but to remind me of His truth and patiently woo me back to Him.
At times God allows distance between Him and His children. The question to be asked is ‘who moved?’ Hardness of heart toward God and/or other people, regardless of what people have done to us, robs us of His promises of peace. Peace returns as we repent and move back into an intimate relationship with God through Christ.