The Lord, Our Ne Cha Ma
The maturing Christian knows of him, has read much about him, has gained honorable respect for him, and can truly say, “I can identify myself with him.” One of the most outstanding Biblical characters that can show us the way through our trials is Mr. Job, and “that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil” (Job 1:1). Perfect (mature) as he was in astounding faith, the Lord had designed something more; with his divine perfect testing of the man, the Lord wanted to bring out HIS perfect best in him. When it was all said and done, “The Lord blessed the later end of Job more than his beginning” (43:12). That testing began with a question: “And the LORD said unto Satan, hast thou considered my servant Job?” (v. 8). May we pose the same to ourselves, have we considered Job in our relationship with the Lord, especially in our trials, troubles, and difficulties. God in his wisdom knew that redeemed mankind needed a man tried and then triumphant for us to look to, and in turn look to the ONE who gave him victory. We too can pass the testing of our faith, all because, as Job, we can rest in the power of the LORD NE CHA MA* - the God of all encouragement.
Job made a statement so realistic concerning life: “Man is born unto trouble as sparks fly upward” (Job 5:7). So true, but is that all that Job understood, is that all that defines the gift of life from God? Just what is the wisdom that would come to that tried and tested man as he lived for his God? Job knew that “My redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth, and though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh I shall see God” (19:25). Job knew that his Lord was alive in his life, yes in prospect of that latter day he would see him. With that statement made, Job is really stating “I know that I’ll see HIM then, because I see him alive now, in my trial, as my Living Redeemer, my ENCOURAGER NOW.” Yes, the inspired Word of God inspired him, encouraged him, as he met up with the living God of all encouragement, his NE CHA MA. His trust was in the ONE that would lead the way when he didn’t know the way: “For he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me I shall come forth as gold” (23:10). Oh, dear child of God, just KNOW HIM, when the way is unknown, but not unknown to him. It’s been said, “God has a purpose in our pain, a reason for our struggles, and a reward for faith tested, just trust the LIGHT in the darkness, HE will bring out the grace-filled best designed for you.” So, be encouraged with the Lord of all comfort, your Ne Cha Ma; you are not going through the challenges of life alone.
*The name NE CHA MA is very unique in its definition with two overlapping titles, meaning comfortable and warmth. God’s comfort is the theme of Fatherly warmth presented with his name defined when dealing with his own. The verb form is given in Isaiah: “Comfort my people saith your God” (40:1-2). The translation from the Hebrew to the Greek is substantial when its single occurrence is given in the New Testament: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort” (2 Corinthians 1:3).