Saturday, October 26, 2013

When I Don’t Feel Him!

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After Job had prayed for his three friends, the Lord made Job twice as rich as he had been before. Then Job gave a feast for his brothers and sisters and for his old friends. They expressed their sorrow for the suffering the Lord had brought on him, and they each gave Job some silver and a gold ring.

The Lord now blessed Job more than ever; he gave him 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 pair of oxen, and 1,000 donkeys.

In addition to seven sons, Job had three daughters, whose names were Jemimah, Keziah, and Keren Happuch.  They were the most beautiful women in that part of the world, and Job gave them shares of his property, along with their brothers.

Job lived for another 140 years—long enough to see his great-grandchildren have children of their own—and when he finally died, he was very old.

Job 42:10-17

When you read the entire book of Job you see some very challenging truths. All of Job's suffering happened because God was happy with Job not the opposite. None of Job's suffering was punishment for his sins.

Also the very solid sounding wisdom of Job's friends was not from God. Job's friends assumed that Job had sinned and that God was punishing him for those sins.

God did not even reveal to Job the reason for his suffering.

When the greatest pain comes to your heart never assume that you can understand it. God may let you know, but He may not as well. Hold on to the promise of Jesus that He will be with you always and believe it even when you don't feel it!

"Lord, today my pain is greater than my pleasure and my sorrow is bigger than my joy. But You are here with me even though I can't see You, or even feel Your presence. Thank You Jesus that Your Promise is greater than my ability to sense that You are with me. Amen."

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