With My Own Eyes

The story of Job is a familiar one. God Himself called Job a blameless and upright man; a man who feared God and shuns evil (Job 1:8). Of course at this point, Job had every reason to be. God had blessed him with a wife, children, position and great wealth. He was a respected and powerful man. He was living every man's dream.

The enemy was quick to point this out to God. Job's love for God was based on God's material blessings rather than on God. If you stripped Job of the material blessings, well... then you would see Job's true nature come to light.

Actually, that assumption was correct. In short order, Job lost his wealth and his children and what was his response?

Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. And he said:

“Naked I came from my mother's womb,
And naked shall I return there.
The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away;
Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.

Job 1:20-22 (NKJV)

Not to be deterred, the enemy insisted that while Job may have passed this test (imagine that, worshipping God when all of his children had been killed... grrr... ), he would surely curse God if he lost his health. Only those who have struggled with serious, long-term health problems can fully understand what happens when you are trapped in a body that is besieged by disease or is broken and will not function properly. You cannot escape from the situation for even a moment. Sick, weak and in excruciating pain, Job was backed into a corner. Even his wife told him to curse God and die and he was surrounded by friends who made false accusations against him. Nice.

To make matters even worse, the God he served was silent. That's right... silent. For the moment, there was no thunder from heaven, no visions, no angels, no physical manifestations, no nothing. There was only Job using a bit of pottery to scrape his boils. I don't know about you but I have felt a bit like Job at times. I was going along, serving God, doing the right things and suddenly, WHAM!!!! I cried out to God and there was no response. It is a horrible place to be in. It is simply horrible.

Now God is not silent forever. Eventually Job, as well as his friends, hear from God. In Job 42, his response to God is recorded. He says in part:

I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes.
I take back everything I said, and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance.

Job 42:5-6 (NLT)

Job had heard about God before but his suffering revealed to him, God's grace.

When the winds of uncertainty blow our "little boat" hither and yon, we can either decide that God has abandoned ship or... we can remember that He is the Lord of the wind and waves. If we believe that He truly is Lord, then we can be confident that the winds of adversity will actually blow our little boat right to the place where God wants us to be. We can be sure that He will never abandon us and He will eventually bring us safely into His safe harbor.

Blessings!

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John Knox @watchmanjohn ·

Written from the hearth of experience with God as the supervisor.

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David Macy @heidelberg ·

Full of truth, These topics always makes me think of Peter response to Christ when all the disciples left Christ after he told them they must eat of His flesh and drink of His blood. Jesus looked at Peter and ask "are you leaving too" and I bet Christ asked this with hurt in His voice. Peter said where else would we Go? Your are the truth. In my struggles and pain I have gotten to that point, as I am sure you have as well. Deeply plowed feilds produce the best crops.

God bless

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Barbra Lambert @enje25 ·

[quote]When the winds of uncertainty blow our "little boat" hither and yon, we can either decide that God has abandoned ship or... we can remember that He is the Lord of the wind and waves. If we believe that He truly is Lord, then we can be confident that the winds of adversity will actually blow our little boat right to the place where God wants us to be. We can be sure that He will never abandon us and He will eventually bring us safely into His safe harbor[/quote]
I love the poetic toll of this beautiful phrase: "When the winds of uncertainty blow our "little boat" hither and yon,"... it so beautifully prefaces the rest of the paragraph -- and how I love what you wrote at the end:
[blockquote]We can be sure that He will never abandon us and He will eventually bring us safely into His safe harbor.[/blockquote]Blessings K :princess: ! -enje

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