JOB 1:21 ON 1/21

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“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart.  The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” 

– Job 1:21

The Bible tells us that Job was upright and blameless.  He loved the Lord and shunned evil.  He was the most tested Christian of all time.  When we think we’re enduring a test from God, we naturally compare it to the test that Job went through.  Job never cursed God – his wife did, interestingly enough – but he did not.

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What Job declares in the 21st verse of the first chapter is probably the most REAL statement anyone could make.  It’s a statement of fact to be sure – and some of us would do well to heed this humbling reminder.  From dust we are made – and to dust we will return – or at least this human body will.

We’re not deserving of anything just because we were born.  What a ridiculous notion to teach a child!  The world owes you nothing.  God owes you nothing – yet in spite of that, God gave His most precious gift – and we recently celebrated the birth of Christ.  At Easter we will celebrate the final part of salvation’s plan for fallen man – His death, burial and resurrection!   This is the hope of every born again Christian!  Life eternal with Him.  Praise God for His remarkable gift to us!the-give-and-take

We don’t know why He does some things – or why He doesn’t do other things.  We just have to say that He gives and He takes away – and praise Him no matter what.  He inhabits the praises of His people.  If we don’t praise Him, the rocks will cry out to praise Him!  We are tossed about in this life, but let’s run to Christ as a first response, not a last resort.

The toys you acquire while on this planet are not lasting.  You cannot take them with you when you die.  I know we don’t like to think about it, but it’s the truth.  God doesn’t mind us having nice things but keep in mind that He is a jealous God and will not have anything put before Him in your heart.  He must be in first place, or He will not be there at all.

The devil will try you, and God will test you, but remember it is to make you stronger and increase your faith.  The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, blessed be the name of the LORD.  You can take the King James away from the blogger, but you can’t get the blogger to forget the version she memorized.  Um…  something like that. 

Before I go, I want to emphasize the fact that the phrase THE LORD GIVETH does not mean that God gives things like sickness or death to you.  God gives good gifts to His children.  Job went through this trial because satan told God that he could get Job to curse Him.  God gave satan permission to try Job – and try him he did – to the max.  God told satan he could do anything except kill Job.

Job came through satan’s trial and never cursed God.  He just kept praising Him.  How cool is that?  I don’t know about you, but that gives me strengthened faith and hope for my Christian walk.  🙂

 

 

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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FACE TEMPTATION
We face temptations daily – and that’s the bad news.  The good news is, we do NOT face temptations alone – or at least we don’t have to.  Temptation does not come from Christ, but from Satan.  When you read “fall into temptation” you automatically think it’s about what you do wrong – but it’s not necessarily limited to that.  It can refer to anything that puts our faith to the test, not just temptations to sin.

 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.  When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;  but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.  – James 1:12-14

Some commentaries refer to the character of those who persevere as patient or constant.  You know how blunt I am.  My description of the Christian who perseveres through the trials and tribulations in life – is stubborn!  Oh, you know a stubborn Christian, don’t you?  Sometimes they make you crazy because they seem to be so immovable.

We know that the road is narrow and a crown of life is promised to us if we have the love of Christ reigning in our hearts.  If we truly love God, we will strive to endure in His name.  His love is perfect and if we have that same love along with stubborn determination and call on God’s Holy Spirit to guide us, we’ll have a crown to cast at Jesus’ feet one day in heaven.

Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.  – Newt Gingrich

A mind that has single and prevailing regard to its spiritual and eternal interest, and that keeps steady in its purposes for God, will grow wise by afflictions, will continue fervent in devotion, and rise above trials and oppositions.

There’s something to be said for being a stubborn Christian.  Not like donkey stubborn because God is love.  Ready, set, GO!!!