Wow. Just finished Job I! I knew the story of course, but to read it and all
that happened to him in a matter of minutes. Two things jump out at me. First,
Oh how I would love for God to speak of me the way that He speaks of Job in
verse 8! Second, of course, is the way that Job handles all of his troubles in
verses 20 and 21. This really applies to my life right now, not b/c I have lost
things but b/c there is sooooo much going on and I feel very frazzled and
overwhelmed. I know that I need to rely on God and praise Him through all things
just as Job does here. This is so hard at times.
Oh my gosh! I did not see that coming. How aweful. As one who has suffered
with many boils, though only one at a time, I can just imagine the pain that he
was in. Actually I just recovered from one. I can not say that I was as
accepting as Job. I was in a lot of pain and I had thought that God had taken
this horrible sickness away, since I had not had one in about a year. So when I
got this last one I did not understand. I thought that I must have done
Does God deem me worthy of being tested like Job, though
on a much smaller scale? I think that being tested by God should be an honor,
though I must say that I did not see it that way.
I love this verse:
"...Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?"
Job 2:10. Live is not always about having roses, it is about how we deal with
the roses we are blessed with and the thorns that we get stuck with.
my thoughts :)
Poor Job! He is so distraught that he does not speak at all for seven days
and the first words out of his mouth is to curse the day that he was
Not everyone know how Satan works and how devistating it can be. I
did not for a very long time. I thought that if you loved God then you did not
have to worry about Satan. I now know how untrue that is. Satan is at work in
all of our lives each and every day trying to win a battle, any battle. We MUST
keep our eyes on God, "for trouble comes."(vs.26)
The verse that really
touched me was verse 24-26: For my sighing comes before a 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. I am not at ease, nor am I quiet: I have no rest,
for trouble comes.
I am sure that all of us have felt this way many times
in this life. I have been going through my own troubles lately. I pray that God
will help me to stay focused on Him and His will.
Job's friend Eliphaz begins Ch. 4 by stating "If someone attempts to talk to you
would you be angry." He can not keep quiet. How often are we like that. We think
that WE are the judge of right and wrong. We think that we know why someone is
going through hard times. They must have done something to deserve punishment
from God. This guy tells Job all about this in Ch. 4 and 5. In Job 4:7-11
Eliphaz tells Job that no one dies innocent and that those who are upright are
never cut off. If he plows iniquity and trouble then that is what he will reap.
This is so sad to me. Poor Job has to sit through this and then he is probably
begining to doubt that he is faithful to God. When someone comes to you and
attacks you, don't we begin to feel like we really are wrong? I do love vs. 17
and 18 though. As Christians we know that God is our Father and that there are
times when He must correct us. I do not think that He brings hardship on us, but
lets us learn from our own mistakes. You know, tough love. We bring it on
ourselves, but instead of taking the hardship away, again, He lets us experience
the "bump". In vs. 17 and 18 it talks about how we should be happy and learn
form these "corrections" and that God will be there with us during these times.
I am not sure that I understand the meaning behind many of Job's words
here, but I am sure of this one; Job 6:14 "To him who is affliced, kindness
should be shown by his friend..." How much more clear could this be? Even though
a friend or loved one has made a wrong decision, we are to stand by their side
with love and kindness. We are not to look at them and tell them all that they
have done wrong.
I pray that I can do this. I know that I fail at it many
times. I want others to follow the Lord and love Him enough to do His will, but
we can not force others to do this. But we can show them the love of God by
loving them no matter what and showing kindness at all times.
Though I have never gone through many of the things that Job is having to deal
with I can still relate to him. This chapter seems to me, to be Job crying out
to God. Though I believe that he is talking with his friends. The first vs. of
the chapter hits home with me right now. It says "Is there not a time of hard
service for man on earth." I feel like that right now. I do not feel like I ever
get a break from the hardship and work. As wives and mothers I think that a lot
of us feel this way at times. The first part of vs. 2 describes it well, "Like a
servant who earnestly desires the shade." I can picture a slave working the
fields desperately wanting just a little shade from the sun.
I am telling my
self this: In the large scheme of things does all of the things that I have to
do in a day really matter? Does it really matter if I have help or not? What we
really need to focus on is "My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle...Oh,
remember that my live is a breath!" Time fies and we are here but for just a
little while. Rather than waste time being upset with others for not helping out
or getting frustrated about how much we have to do in a day we need to focus on
enjoying our lives with the ones that we love. We never know how long we
I pray that God will help me with this b/c I am struggling with it