Tuesday, December 3, 2013

day 29 intentionally-the joy-giver

We praise Him in the good and in the bad.  Job, in the midst of his grief, pain, and heartache replied to his wife, who was prompting him to give up "Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” Job 2:10. 

The Book of Job is a truly amazing book.  Might I encourage you to read it, for the first time, or again? Sometimes, because we're human, we look for answers.  We look to reasons for the why's.  Sometimes, we don't get that answer and we have to simply praise Him, be it good or bad.  And we need to look only to Him, not to our friends, our neighbors, family.  One of the worst things we can do is compare our lives to others.  Comparing, both good and bad.  This can bring a spirit of discontentment or a spirit of fear or even a spirit of pride.

God has written each of our stories.  He has woven our hearts, our minds, personalities.  He knows our strengths and our weaknesses and He knows the best way to bring growth and healing to our souls.  He knows that way that pierces to the depths, but not to harm, but to heal with love.  The ultimate surgeon with the greatest precision and gentlest of hands.  

12 years ago I broke my ankle. After surgery with a plate and screws installed, I then had twelve (yes, 12!) weeks of recovery.  The pain in the beginning was excruciating and after finally getting my cast off, I had to learn to walk again.  But that broken bone is healed now (for the most part ;) ) and I made it through (with an 8 month old on top of it!)  

God is good always.  He carries us through. We praise Him in all of it, praying with earnest hearts that He would be glorified.

Job's story has a happy ending.  Amazing and wonderful.  God continues to show His faithfulness continually to us through His Word, His character.  He is amazing, gracious, kind, merciful, loving, compassionate, patient, the joy-giver.

Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?”

To God alone be the glory!  Thankful to be His child and for His blessings :)

12 And the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning
-Job 42:12

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