My "alone" time with the Lord...as I contemplate...Job's life........8/9/08.
It may sound ironic, but in many ways, it seems I've taken residence in
the Book of Job. Actually, I practically live inside the pages. It's not too
far fetched, since, there is a, street named Job's, Lane in Southampton,
New York. There is so much I, identify with Job, that it's hard not to
insert my name within the pages.
Starting with Job 1:20, he says: "Naked I came from my mother's womb,
and naked shall I return there." There is nothing, we can take with us
once, we leave this earth, absolutely nothing, in the physical sense of
course. The only thing is, our spiritual self and, our standing with, our
"The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away" The Lord owes, us not a
single thing. If He desires to take away anything from us it is His to take.
It never belonged to us in the first place. All we possess is on loan from
the Lord. It is all, His. For instance, my kids are loaned to me for a,
certain amount of time. It is up to me to show and teach them the ways
of the Lord. I suppose that is why the word parenting is such an
important part of the job that God has given us. Our health is also in his
hands. It is He who determines it's final course. "And we know that God
causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to
those who are called according to His purpose" Romans 8:28. "Blessed be
the Name of the Lord" from whom all blessings flow even as our earthly
vessels deteriorate and break down. Whatever comes our way, good or
bad, blessed be His Name for He alone will bring all things to pass. All
things are under in His control. The Lord who is, all knowing will perfect
that which concerns us. He is the great master, planner who created all
things into it's glorious, existence. It is the Lord, who holds the whole
world in, the palm of His, hand.
Verse 21-"In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong" God is God!
Who am I to complain or demand anything, from the King of Kings and Lord
of Lords? If Jesus, in human form, came to suffer and die for me, than why
should, I murmur, when life seems to fail me. Thank goodness no one has
ever told me to, curse God and die in Job 2:9-10. "Shall we indeed accept
good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?" In all this Job did not
sin. Whenever I read this verse, it helps me to, put life into, it's proper
perspective. All of our days were written in His Book. He has determined
every single day of our lives. God knew us before we, took our first breath
and He knows the exact day when we take our, final breath. Everything in
between is our spiritual, training ground which God uses to prune the faithful,
giving us the free will, to plant or uproot the seeds of faithful obedience.
It is my choice to blame or not blame, God for the crushing storms that rage
in my personal life. It's far greater to bless and praise God with our, heart
and, with our lips, regardless of our present, situation. Throughout Job's
ordeal he did not harden his heart against the Lord, instead, he was pliable
while, keeping an open and, flexible heart. In my opinion I believe that
trust, was what gave Job the courage to confront each disaster that
came his way.
Have you ever, felt such desperation like Job, that you wished you had
never come out of, your mother's womb? Life can be so unbearable that
sometimes, it is better to be hidden away, in the safety of the womb. Yet,
that is not possible. Life goes on and we have to, struggle along. No
wonder Job says in, Chapter 3:24-25, "For my sighing comes before I eat,
and, my groanings pour out like water. For the thing I greatly feared has
come upon me, and what I dreaded has happened to me" Ouch! This is
the part of scripture that has my name engraved on it. Thank God, for
Job 3:26 in the way, he helps me to pause and contemplate his despair.
This verse was enough, for me to take full, stock of the implication, of Job's
troubles. It paved the way for me to learn no matter how deep the sorrow,
to be at ease and quiet my soul. It taught me to be at rest, in the tranquil
presence of the Lord even if trouble was coming my way., and, in Job's own
words he said: "yet man is born to trouble" Job 5:7. "Though he slay me,
yet will I trust Him" Job 13:15.
Here was a man who had everything, but, in a heartbeat he lost it all.
Job was singled out. Job had no comforters. There was no one to, help
him bear, the stinging, burden of his soul. Although, Job was an extremely
broken man and at his wits end, he was successful in leaving behind an
amazing testimony. His words were, printed on the pages of the bible to
teach, us how to bear, the burden, and cope in the pit of despair. The
same God who was there for Job is the same God who is with us today.
The Lord in his tender, mercies and faithfulness gives us the, peace and
strength to bear the strain in all of our minor and major afflictions. Trust
is a must in our daily, interactive relationship with the Lord no matter how
bleak the moment may be. Here, lies Job's example of faithful endurance.
"He hangs the earth on nothing" ... Job 26:22
This is where I, was interrupted...to bad...maybe someday, I will finish it off.
God willing another day, another time. So be it.
Last edited by Lee M
on December 30th, 2009, 4:35 pm, edited 1 time in total.
"For nothing is impossible with God" Luke 1:37. All in His will, His way, His time, His purpose, and under His control. The Lord is so good.