Where Were You

job-38-iiconThis was not, of course, a question – it was at most a rhetorical question.  A reminder of who we are and Who the Almighty God is.  A call to sanity, if you like.

We know the trials Job went through – and they were huge.  Almost more than any human being should be asked to bear.  The loss of everything – wife, family, possessions, home, business.  Ill health, reduced to dust and ashes.  And if that wasn’t enough, three of his friends who came along to ‘commiserate’ and, as can be the way with friends and enemies alike, ended up dumping their own prejudices and making the whole thing so much worse.

But, reduced as he was to nothing, Job stood strong on what really is the most important thing in this short earthly life – faith in his God.  Throughout all the many trials, physical and mental, his faith did not waver.

And one would think that having proved his faith in these ultimate tests, he would have been entitled to an answer to the one question so many ask, so often:

“Why?”

He didn’t get his answer.  That answer is not available to us in this earthly life.  And there is no reason why it should be.  Instead, Job got reminded of his place in the scheme of things vis-a-vis the One he was questioning:

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“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
Tell me, if you understand.
Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
Who stretched a measuring line across it?
On what were its footings set,
or who laid its cornerstone—
while the morning stars sang together
and all the angels shouted for joy?”   (Job 38: 4-7)

With all our intellectual achievements, we forget that our knowledge and understanding are not those of The Creator.  A good look at the sky on a clear, starry night, and a very small appreciation of the intricacies of balance that set the universe in motion and keep it moving in its age-old pattern are enough to remind us of far greater forces than we have at our disposal.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.”  (Isaiah 55:8-9)   …

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The Father, like human fathers at times, does not answer all questions.  And while that can be hard on His children, life is not intended to be a bed of roses.  We cannot be forever fed on milk.  If we respond correctly to those trials that come across our path, we will come to realise that the hard knocks bring us closer to the true heart of the Father – which is LOVE.

And while the hard knocks of this life are but for a season, the Father’s love is for eternity

Patricia

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Full Armor of God -Sword Of The Spirit

warrior5-iconI have several of these ‘Warriors in Denim’.

St Paul said this about the full armor of God:
“Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore,

  1. having girded your waist with the belt of Truth,
  2. having put on the breastplate of Righteousness,
  3. having shod your feet with the sandals of the Gospel of Peace;
  4. above all, taking the shield of Faith, with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one,
  5. and take the helmet of Salvation,
  6. and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.”
    Ephesians 6: 13 -17

With the world as it is, we really need this now, AND what’s more…

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…we need ‘righteousness’, ie being in right standing with God (nothing to do with self-righteousness which is most surely the opposite) to avail ourselves of these weapons.

The Sword of The Spirit

Paul elucidates further on the Sword of the Spirit in Hebrews 4:12:

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spiritjoints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

What a powerful weapon that is!  Especially for discernment, which is much needed in today’s world.

In this regard, note the importance of being prepared for spiritual warfare,  emphasized in my post Changing The Battle Ground.

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Patricia

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Blessed Are The Pure In Heart

pure-in-heart-icon“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (Matthew 5:8).

One of the most beautiful of the Beatitudes, spoken by Jesus in the ‘Sermon on the Mount’, to His Disciples.

“Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.   News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them.   Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him. ” (Matthew 4:23-25)

When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him.

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Now more than ever we need to hold on to the Lord with all our strength. For He is the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end, and His promises endure forever…

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Patricia

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