Suffering…Job 1-2

“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”
‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭3‬:‭16‬-‭17‬ ‭

Do you have a favorite Book of the Bible? Or do you have a favorite Scripture? This past Sunday we studied Job 1-2 in my Women’s Sunday School Class. I have to admit that Job is not my ”go to” book of the Bible when I am reading God’s Word.

Reading about suffering is uncomfortable and Job can be a challenging study. But, even though there are things in the Bible that make us uncomfortable or that we have a hard time understanding totally – we must be careful not to just skip them.

ALL Scripture is inspired by God and helps us to grow in our Christian life. May we embrace our journey with the Lord through the good times and through our times of suffering. May our response to life’s challenges and suffering be like Job’s:

“…he fell to the ground and worshiped.”
‭‭Job‬ ‭1‬:‭20‬ ‭

“Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.” Job‬ ‭1‬:‭22‬ ‭

Prayer:
Lord, I know that I have not had to experience the level of loss that Job did. But, I have had challenging times in my life. Forgive me when I have not responded in a God-honoring way. Forgive me when I have let my eyes focus on my circumstances instead of You! Thank You for walking with me through my times of adversity/suffering and my times of joy!

Blessed be Your name, O LORD!!

LORD, Open My Eyes!!

I am having my first cataract surgery tomorrow. It is amazing to me that the doctor will remove my lens and put a brand new lens in my eye!! What a miracle!

I have to admit that my excitement outweighs any nervousness I may have. I have worn glasses and/or contacts around 50 years!! The thought of waking up in the mornings and being able to see is awesome!!

Yes, I desire clear vision with my physical eyes…but even greater is my desire for clear vision spiritually! I pray that my renewed vision physically will be a sign of the renewing of my spiritual vision.

May I see what You see, Lord!! May I see past the physical and into the spiritual reality of Your kingdom. May I speak and declare YOUR will over Your people and Your world!

LORD, open my eyes!!!!

WATCHMEN ARISE!

“Under a Tornado Watch…Tropical Storm Elsa. UPDATE: Tornado Watch cancelled!”

Within the hour of me posting about the tornado watch this morning, it was cancelled. It just goes to show – things can change quickly…in weather and in life!

We should always be “watchmen.” Watching for physical storms AND spiritual storms!!

For thus the Lord said to me: “Go, set a watchman; let him announce what he sees.” Isaiah 21:6

…”Upon a watchtower I stand, O Lord, continually by day, and at my post I am stationed whole nights.” Isaiah 21:8

Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stays awake in vain. Psalm 127:1

Lord, watch over our city…our state…our country…our world!! Open our eyes, O Lord! Empower us to be Your watchmen! Empower us to be Your voice! In the mighty name of Jesus I pray! AMEN!

BE LIFTED UP!

The title of the message that my pastor gave on this special day, Father’s Day, was entitled “Walk a Little Slower Daddy” taken from a poem that he read aloud before giving his message.

Many of us are blessed to still be able to talk to our fathers and some miss those special times of sharing because our fathers have passed on to be with the best Father in the universe! Can you imagine what awesome times of talking and sharing they are engaged in!

Well! We don’t have to wait until we get to heaven to enjoy talking to Father God or to enjoy Him talking to us! He is speaking if we will just take the time to listen.

About halfway in the sermon, as my pastor said the words, “Walk a little slower daddy,” the Lord gave me a vision. 

In the vision, I saw us trying to catch-up with the Father as we ran after Him down a path. But, then I saw Him stop, turn around, and lift us up onto His shoulders! God wants us to see the world from His perspective. He wants us to rest in Him – knowing HE is our strength and our support.

Instead of us having the Lord move at our pace – He enables us to move at His pace! Hallelujah!!

Beloved of God, get ready to be lifted up to a NEW LEVEL!  A new level of faith; a new level of ministry; a new level of peace; a new level of love!!

*As I finished sharing my vision in church, we immediately began singing, “Love Lifted Me!” This song was scheduled before the service began. God’s timing is perfect!

Oh, precious ones! LOOK UP! Look past all of the worldly circumstances and look into Abba’s (Daddy’s) face. Can you see the love that He has for you? Can you see His arms outstretched as He bends down and lovingly lifts you up? Reach out…and BE LIFTED UP!!