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“May you and I always remember it’s okay to grieve a loss.” <>< Dona (07/02/20)

Please read Job 1 through 3. If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com. The Biblegateway website should open for you to use. Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

In Job 1 Job is portrayed as a wealthy man who was blameless and upright, and feared God and shunned evil (verse 1). And he lost his livestock, his servants and his children all in one day (verses 13-19).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, when Job heard the news he fell on the ground in worship (verse 20). 

Something to think about

In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing (verse 22).  Job did not hide his overwhelming grief.  But he did not lose his faith in God. 

Something to experience

God created our emotions.  When we experience a deep loss, a disappointment or a heartbreak we can grieve. But don’t let your grief lead you to sin by acting out in inappropriate ways. 

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In Job 2 Job was afflicted with painful sores (verse 7).  And his wife said to him “Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die?”

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Job’s reply to his wife was “shall we accept good from God and not trouble?”

Something to think about

Job was not giving up on God just because God had allowed trouble to come into his life.  Faith in God doesn’t guarantee personal prosperity.  Just as lack of faith doesn’t necessarily bring trouble. If this were so, people would believe in God just to prosper. 

Something to experience

God may allow suffering to come for reasons we cannot understand.  And God is able to rescue us from suffering too. 

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In Job 3 Job agonized over his situation.  As three friends, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, sat with him for seven days and seven nights in silence. In all this time Job still didn’t curse God as his wife suggested. 

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, but Job did curse the day he was born.

Something to think about

Job thought it would be better if he had never been born than to be forsaken by God.  Job was struggling emotionally, physically and spiritually.

Something to experience

We must hold on to our faith even if there seems to be no relief in sight.  God’s love cannot be measured or limited by how little or how much we may suffer (see Romans 8:38-39).

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Prayer

Lord, I pray we will remember all things work together for good for those who love You, for those who are called according to Your plan and purpose (Romans 8:28).  Lord, thank You for allowing us to go through and successfully come out on the other side of trouble so we can turn and help others to come successfully through similar troubles (II Corinthians 1:3-4). Lord, thank You for loving us with an unlimited love that cannot be shaken (see Romans 8:38-39). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I always remember God is in control.” <>< Dona