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Tell Me Why?

Grandson, Ryker Tell Me Why?  Suffering, Lesson 6  So, let’s apply what we’ve previously discussed regarding the sources of suffering. I go by the principle that coping with trials and suffering makes more sense to me when I know the purpose. I often initially scream, WHY! WHY! WHY! without really being thoughtful. I do it more out of frustration. But when I come to my senses, I find it helpful to seek God and prayerfully reflect and ask ‘why?’.   So, we are now into the story of Job so let’s prayerfully ask ‘why?’ What was the source of Job’s suffering? Based on the sources of suffering I outlined in an earlier post, if I were taking this as a multiple-choice test, how would I answer? How would you answer? You can choose more than one.  

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Without Cause

Mt. Rainier National Park Without Cause  Job 2  Lesson 5  In Job 1, Satan approaches God and slanders Job and states he will turn on God if he suffers. God allows Satan to cause the demise of Job’s possessions and his children. Absolutely devastating!   Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped.   He said, ‘Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I shall return there. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.’  Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.  To sit here in my study, to pour over these words in chapters 1 and 2 and consider the plight of Job is an emotional and sobering experience. The relief and blessings we find at the end of the story in Job 42 is coming. But as we move from the devastation of Job 1 into chapter 2, things get worse before they get better. Much worse. 

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The Power of Words

Today I am taking a break from my usual devotions. This brief post was written by me as a LinkedIn post. This is how I use biblical themes within a professional environment. The Power of a Leader’s Words Tucked away in the ancient Jewish literature of the Old Testament is a key character named Boaz found in the story of Ruth. Boaz is described as a land owner and “a man of great wealth.” The story takes place during the labor-intensive time of the barley harvest. Boaz was fully staffed with a large crew of barley reapers.

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Be Reminded 

Be Reminded  Job Lesson 4  There are times when, in the middle of suffering and dire situations in my life, I will spend considerable time in prayer on my knees. However, sometimes, my specific prayers, which are prayers for good (in my eyes), are not answered. I have seen the exact opposite of what I’m praying happen. This is very frustrating. Once again, I fall into the ‘WHY? WHY? WHY?’ ditch.  Has this ever happened to you? How are we supposed to process this? Others may try to console us with “God’s ways are not our ways,” or “The Lord has greater plans,” or “Keep trusting God for a miracle.” These are true and certainly well meaning. But when you are really in a pit of despair, they often fall short of making us feel any better.  For me, the words of others are all fine and good, but I have found the daily reinforcement of God’s Word in my heart and soul, gives me the strength and grace to maintain my faith in God. There’s no shortcut to spending time in His Word and infusing the truth of God’s grace and mercy into the depth of your heart. This infusion strengthens our souls and affirms the noble and good purposes of God in our lives.  So, you had a bad day? 

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