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Revisiting Job and the walk

We, as a country, have challenges each and every day. Some days display more challenges than others.

We are going through some tough times right now. When I saw this post, it spoke to me and reminded me of these truths. So please, take a moment and soak it in. Let the truth of God’s word wash over your heart and soul. Enjoy the revisit.

God chooses what we go through, but we choose how we go through it.

I read this in a book I was finishing yesterday. It was a Christian fiction book – “The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club” by Wanda Brunstetter.

This quote really struck me. It made me think about the truth of it.

I want to look at Job today in light of this quote.

Job 1:12 – “The LORD said to Satan, ‘Very well, then, everything he has is in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.’ Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.” We know what happened next – everything he had, family and farm, was destroyed. But notice Job’s reaction. Job 1:20-22 – “At this, Job got up and tore his robes and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said, ‘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.’ In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.” But Satan felt that if he could just get ahold of Job and physically afflict him, surely he would curse God. So God said, “The LORD said to Satan, ‘Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life.'” Job 2:6 So Satan makes Job very ill. Job’s wife, thinking surely Job had sinned in some way, encouraged him to curse God and die. What a helpmate! Not! Job 2:10 – “He replied, ‘You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good things from God, and not trouble?’ In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.”
God allowed Job to go through this trial. But Job chose how he went through it. He could have been angry, frustrated and upset with God. He could have questioned God and cursed Him. But he choose to walk through this trial with Him. He had to deal with “friends” who could so nothing but tear him down. Later on, he did get a chance to hash it out with God. But God reminded him who He is and Job submitted.

The point in all of this is to remind you (and me) that from time to time we need trials in our life to make us stronger, to cut away the dead and unproductive parts and make our roots stronger. These are not easy times, but we come out stronger if we stay close to Him. So choose to walk through the trials of today with Him. The walk will be sweeter and the outcome closer when we stay with the Guide.

God chooses what we go through, but we choose how we go through it.

By a hangnail

Job 7:1-4 – “Is there not an appointed time to man upon the earth? Are not his days also like the days of an hireling? As a servant earnestly desireth the shadow, and as an hireling looketh for the reward of his work: so am I made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me. When I lie down, I say, When shall I arises and the night be gone? and I am full of tosssings to and fro unto the dawning of the day.”

Have you ever had a bad day? Or a bad week? Or a bad month? Or maybe even a bad year?

Well, let me encourage you here. I sincerely doubt that anything you go through can compare to what our dear friend Job went through. He lost his family (all but his wife), his home, his wealth and his health all in a short period of time. God allowed Satan to take everything but his life. Now…..how bad was your day again?

The point is this: Life is not going to be sunshine and lollipops every single day. Things are going to happen. Maybe really bad things. Maybe things that will make you curse the day you were born, like Job did.

But one thing to remember about Job – he may have moaned and groaned and whined and complained, but he never cursed God. He asked why but he didn’t question God disrespectfully. Job knew that God was in control of all the bad things that were happening to him.

He also knew that sometimes bad times come. Things happen that stink. People die. You loose your job. A natural disaster comes and scatters your belongings from here to yonder. A terrible illness may ravage your body.

But if you are a child of the King, He has you in the palm of His hand and nothing can change that. You might feel as if you are holding on by a hangnail, but He still has you. He will pick you up and set your feet on solid ground. You may have nothing left, but you have Him to hold you.

Job and the walk

God chooses what we go through, but we choose how we go through it.

I read this in my book I was finishing yesterday. It was a Christian fiction book – “The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club” by Wanda Brunstetter.

This quote really struck me. It made me think about the truth of it.

I want to look at Job today in light of this quote.

Job 1:12 – “The LORD said to Satan, ‘Very well, then, everything he has is in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.’ Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.” We know what happened next – everything he had, family and farm, was destroyed. But notice Job’s reaction. Job 1:20-22 – “At this, Job got up and tore his robes and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said, ‘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.’ In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.” But Satan felt that if he could just get ahold of Job and physically afflict him, surely he would curse God. So God said, “The LORD said to Satan, ‘Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life.'” Job 2:6 So Satan makes Job very ill. Job’s wife, thinking surely Job had sinned in some way, encouraged him to curse God and die. What a helpmate! Not! Job 2:10 – “He replied, ‘You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good things from God, and not trouble?’ In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.”
God allowed Job to go through this trial. But Job chose how he went through it. He could have been angry, frustrated and upset with God. He could have questioned God and cursed Him. But he choose to walk through this trial with Him. He had to deal with “friends” who could so nothing but tear him down. Later on, he did get a chance to hash it out with God. But God reminded him who He is and Job summited.

The point in all of this is to remind you (and me) princess that from time to time we need trials in our life to make us stronger. To cut away the dead and unproductive parts. To make our roots stronger. These are not easy times. But we come out stronger if we stay close to Him. So choose to walk through the trials of today with Him. The walk will be sweeter and the outcome closer when we stay with the Guide.

God chooses what we go through, but we choose how we go through it.

Job

Job 1:8 – “Then the LORD said to Satan, ‘Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.'”
Have you ever stopped to think about the confidence God had in Job? I was sitting in church on Sunday when the preacher said something about Job and his patience.

I thought about Job. That poor man went through so much. I can’t imagine enduring the tragedies he did. And though he was at the lowest points of his life, he still did not curse God for what had happened to him.

Now, let’s go back a bit to this verse. Look at the first chapter of Job. He had it all, yet he lead his family in the ways of God. Remember, this was before the law of Moses (so the historians tell us).

God had great confidence in this man Job. He knew where Job’s heart really was. Satan tried to tell God that it was because of all he had that he worshipped God. But God knew the truth, Job served God because he loved Him.

What about you, princess. If you ended your day with everything that you have and all that you loved gone, would you still seek after God? Would you even want Him to help you? Does God look down on you and have the confidence in you to allow Satan to test you in such a severe way?

Deep stuff, I know. I don’t have the answer. But it is thought provoking, is it not? Let’s make the effort today to serve God the way that Job did through thick and thin – with our whole heart.

Everything

I love music. I love the stories it tells, the encouragement it gives me and the smiles it brings to my face.

I spend a lot of time in the car, so I hear a lot of Christian radio. If you are not plugged into a good Christian station, I encourage you to find one.

Yesterday as I was driving to pick up the kids from school, Everything To Me by Avalon came on – oh my, did I cry! That song moves me to tears every time! Just thinking about it makes me tear up!

The song is about accepting Jesus early in life and then learning how He really is everything that you need. I accepted Jesus when I was young. I have grown up in church and have heard just about every story in the Bible (I won’t say that I know it all – Heaven knows I don’t :-).  But it hasn’t been until I reached adulthood that I truly  began to grasp what it means for Jesus to be everything to you.

Jason has been gone a lot for his job the last 2 years. Yes, we talk on the phone almost everyday (Guam is not a local call by the way). But chatting on the phone is not the same as an in-depth conversation. I have learned to rely upon the Lord so much for everything. Looking back on the last 2 years, I can see where so many times Jesus had to carry me through what I was facing. I don’t know how I could have seen those times without Him.

I think about Job. Can you imagine the pain and agony of that man? I whine and moan because my husband is away – Job lost EVERYTHING!!! By the time the day was done, he had no home, no children, no way to earn a living, nothing! And yet, he said –   Job 1:21 – “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.”

Think about that for a minute, princess. Could you sit in a field and have all these people come up to you and tell you that your children had been killed, your home was destroyed by a fire and you have just lost your job and then say “may the name of the LORD be praised”? Not me. I will admit it. I have not reached that level of spiritual maturity.

Job had his thoughts on bigger and better things. He was thinking ahead.

Job 19:25-27 – “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes – I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!”

Look around you, princess. Is Jesus everything to you? Do you yearn for His return? Or do you put things and people ahead of Him? I want to live my life so that when I am at the end of my days and my last breath is coming, I can say “it is well with my soul.”