Thursday, January 5, 2012

Dedicated to My Friends Who are Suffering....

Horrible health problems, lose of all earthly possessions, lose of all your children, AND your spouse just tells you to give up...this is the beginning of the story of Job!

As I began reading Job once again I wanted, from the beginning, to have in mind several things....

  • We always think that while here on this "cursed" earth evil will be punished and *righteousness will be rewarded - BUT,
  • Truthfully, righteous people go through suffering and evil people many times "get away with it"
  • BUT if we TRUST God, our Sovereign Lord, then we know that in the end when the Judge calls before Him ALL mankind, He will place the final judgement and this will be the time that evil will be punished and the righteous ones will be rewarded

So, to my friends who are struggling with THIS right NOW....not understanding "WHY ME?"....I want to encourage you to TRUST God and His divine wisdom.   And quite honestly, I am reminding myself of this because there have been and WILL be times of suffering in my life and I have asked that question "WHY ME?"  

I am starting in Job 1, but I had to go ahead and skip to Job chapters 39-42....MY FAVORITE part of Job....I will probably read it several times as I read Job.  If you are in the "WHY ME?" phase read this section of scripture and place it all into perspective.

May we be found blameless, upright, shunning evil and fearing the Lord.  

*when using the word "righteous" I am referring to those who have been made "right" before God b/c of His Grace and Mercy and those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their blood sacrifice for their sins and they have placed their trust in Him.  "Righteous" - NOT as in doing the "right" things to get to ONE can "work" their way to heaven by doing right acts.  It is ONLY by FAITH and TRUST in our Savior Jesus Christ!  If you have any questions or comments to add to this...PLEASE do! :)


  1. So good Rachel.
    I think one of the most powerful parts of Job comes at the beginning. In chapter one after the messengers came verse 20-21 says, "At this Job torn his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in WORSHIP and said: "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." Wow, what a response to hardship. I love it. Thanks for the reminder Rachel :)

  2. Oh, yes, Nikki...I LOVED that moment...may I worship like Job did during hardships...I am ashamed to say that many times I have NOT...praying for better responses in the future...