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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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March 21, 2013 - Just Like Job

By Kristen Feola

"The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord!" (Job 1:21, NLT)

Life was good for Job. The Bible describes him as a man of complete integrity who feared God and stayed away from evil (Job 1:1). Job was also extremely wealthy. He owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, and 500 female donkeys. According to Job 1:3, he was the richest person in the region.   

One terrible day, though, Job's empire came crashing down. He lost it all.

His oxen and donkeys were stolen, and his farmhands were killed. Fire burned up his sheep and all the shepherds. Chaldean raiders stole his camels and put his servants to death. Every one of Job's children — seven sons and three daughters — perished when a powerful wind blew down the house they were in and it collapsed on them.

Job 1:20-22 records Job's unbelievable reaction to this heartbreaking news:

"Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground to worship. He said, 'I came naked from my mother's womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord!' In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God."

We wonder why God would allow such tragedy. Job was a good man! However, we have insight into what Job couldn't see. The Bible tells how Satan asked for permission from God to attack Job, accusing Job of serving God only because the Lord had blessed him so much.

In other words, Satan said God was buying Job's love. Therefore, God allowed Job's suffering, not as punishment for his sin but as proof of Job's devotion to Him. God knew Job's heart and how he would respond.

Thankfully, Job's story doesn't end in devastation. Because Job never turned his back on God, he was rewarded for his faith. Job 42:10 says, "The Lord restored his fortunes. In fact, the Lord gave him twice as much as before!"

If you're facing painful circumstances right now, let me encourage you to begin praising God. It may seem like a ridiculous idea, and you might not even feel like doing it. However, I promise you will be strengthened. When we take our eyes off our problems and focus on God, we are filled with His power and enabled to walk in victory!

We don't know all the reasons God allows our suffering; but, like Job, we must surrender and trust God. Job fell down in worship before the Lord, even though he had just been stripped of everything dear to him. We need to follow Job's example, thanking and praising God even when we're going through something we don't understand.

Trust God to bless you for your faithfulness to Him during hard times. Your reward may not be in the form of great wealth like Job, but it will be exactly what you need.

— Kristen Feola is the author of the book The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast. She and her family attend James River Assembly in Ozark, Mo. Kristen blogs at ultimatedanielfast.com.

 

 

 

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