January 19, 2010

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away.

Job 1:1through 4:21
First I’d like to say that I had no idea that Job would have been next chronologically in the Word! That is interesting!

And I’d like to thank those for sharing…it is such a blessing to me soul to hear your praises, especially knowing some of your circumstances and seeing how God has been in your life! One of my favorite verses is Psalm 116:12-14. “How can I repay the Lord for all of His goodness to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord. I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people” I believe sharing our stories, our hurts, and our praises to Him does this. We are lifting up our cup of salvation so that we all can see and be encouraged and blessed by it. We can recall those storied in our own times of hardship…that God is Faithful, Provider, Bride Groom, Our Rock. Praise His name!

Can I say that I like Job? I would have loved to have been around him. The word says that he was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. and He was the greatest man among all the people of the East. He also was took the responsibility of his children’s spiritual life very seriously…Even to the point of sacrificing a burnt offering for them in case they have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.

 Let us as moms learn from this. Sometimes it is so easy to give that department over to the church. Sunday School will take care of it or children’s church or youth group. Our children are our responsibility. Their spiritual lives have been entrusted to us. Make sure to teach your children about God—and who He is to you and what He has done in your life. I can say that Abenezer’s parents were so much more intentional about teaching on how to rely on God and faith (by their actions) than I was with the older kids and it showed in his prayer life. It humbled me and spurred me on.

One thing to remember (as I was recently told) is that God also has our children on their own personal journey. Sometimes it hurts our hearts as parents as they walk through that journey and we want to spare them. However it may be what makes them who they are on in Christ.
There is so much to say on these verses…I won’t make you keep reading my thoughts…except to say that Job’s friends (even though they were misguided a little spiritually) blessed me. Do you have friends that would come weep, tear their robes, and sit on the ground with you for 7 days and just sit there.
No words..just sitting there… I hope you do. We all need friends like that.

So let’s look at what Job has lost thus far: oxen, donkeys, sheep, camels, sons, daughters, brother, and servants (at this point-he mourns and falls to the ground in worship) and then he becomes covered with painful sores from the top of his to his feet..and still he did not sin in what he said.

This is one of my favorite worship songs for hard times. It’s an older song…but still speaks to me.

2 comments:

  1. My husband and I were talking about the story of Job just a couple of days ago. We were listening to a philosopher try to persuade us that the prevelance of suffering in our world was overwhelming evidence that an all good, all loving God couldn't possibly exist. We were trying (again) to really understand this ourselves - and Job was our most obvious reference. It didn't shake my faith in God at all, but I would love to have a solid rebuttle for this point of view. Any thoughts?

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  2. hmmmm...Well, I would first say that those 2 views in my mind don't link together at all...why would someone automatically assume because there is evil/suffering that there can't be loving/God? For example...we all hear stories of children raised in godly loving homes turning out as people who do horrible things or make really bad choices. Because of that do we say they had no parent and there can't be a parent?

    It's interesting as I have began to work with IJM that from their accounts when they rescue people from slavery or from brothels..that the people aren't asking if there is a God. They know God is there. (there is actually one girl who came to know Jesus in the brothel from another girl). But they are asking--where are the people to help us? Interesting. As I have come to know this organization's work more and coming to know more of the world's suffering through missions I am involved in...I rarely question whether there is a God but rather why we aren't answering God's call to defend the oppressed, the widow, and the poor. Not sure if that all even makes sense.. especially since it's 1 am! A couple of good books to read to explain your point of view or to have a solid rebuttal would be Ravi Zacharia's books or Gary Haugen's book The Good News about Injustice or Terrify No More. All have spoken to me on these issues. Thank you for posting..I love to hear other's thoughts and talk it out!

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