Slings and Arrows

The arrow cannot make him flee; for him, sling stones are turned to stubble. Clubs are counted as stubble; he laughs at the rattle of javelins.
Job 41:28–29
Slings and Arrows
“To be or not to be? Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them…” These famous words from Shakespeare’s play Hamlet come to mind when reading these verses from Job. We as poor mortal creatures must face the slings and arrows of this broken and fallen world on a daily basis. Yet this creature the leviathan faces no such worry. They have no effect on him. But for us, metaphorical “slings and arrows” of a cruel and unforgiving world pierce our very souls. So what are we to do? We are not as strong and powerful as the leviathan, what chance do we have? On our own there is none. Yet with God nothing is impossible. He comes to us in our trials and tribulations and in our joys and triumphs with His love for us. He who created the leviathan is surely more powerful than it. And though God does not wish for evil to have its way with us, and in fact limits its power, He does use and direct it for the service of our well-being (Genesis 50:20). And through His Son Jesus Christ we have refuge and protection from the assault of the devil. Washed in the blood of the Lamb the slings and arrows hurled by sin, death, and the devil miss their mark. Salvation is ours through Christ, for He has stretched out His “arms against a sea of troubles,” and in His death and resurrection ended them.
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