Learning from Job’s experiences

Learning from JobWhen we’re trying to live for God and things don’t go right… In fact, when everything seems to be going wrong… When we’ve experienced one disaster after another… When our lives are filled with pain… When dear friends criticize us (and even abandon us) and offer nothing but trite answers… When our prayers don’t seem to be heard, and heaven seems like “brass”… When we’re so frustrated we’ve got a few things we’d like to tell the Lord and we’re tempted to criticize the way He does things or what he allows to happen in our lives…

Perhaps it is then that we need to hear God speak to us as He did Job in the Bible…

“Do you still want to argue with the Almighty… Do you want to be God’s critic? Do you think you have the answers?”

But then we probably need to respond as Job did to that challenge…

“Then Job replied to the Lord… “I am nothing! I don’t have the answers! I will cover my mouth with my hand! I have said too much already! I have nothing more to say!” (From Job 40:1-5 NLT)

It’s perhaps then, that we’re ready to hear the voice of a loving Heavenly Father… we’re ready to listen, to trust, and to allow God to work out His Divine purposes… After all Scripture declares, “God causes ALL THINGS to work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose…” and “Nothing can ever separate us from God’s love!” (Romans 8:28 & 38 NLT)

Hey, it worked for Job! “The Lord blessed Job in the second half of his life even MORE than in the beginning!” (Job 42:10-17) Oh Lord, help me trust you through the good and the bad – through prosperity and pain – when what I’m experiencing makes sense, but also when I have to cling tenaciously to your good promises and purposes for my life!

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