Sunday, January 17, 2010

There once was a man named Job...

There once was a man named Job...

He hit this terrible time in his life.

The funny thing is - that is how we know him.

But it didn't define his life. He lived a long, happy, prosperous life before the time of trouble.

And he lived a long, happy prosperous life after the time of trouble.

The most remarkable thing is, he kept his faith even when nothing made sense. He still worshipped God even when he experienced severe pain, pain that God could have easily removed.

He felt no need to "get revenge" on God, by blaspheming, or denouncing, or even abandoning God. There is the power of his life.

If you are going through hard times...
Correction. WHEN you go through hard times...
Remember the story of Job. A man who never understood "why", but believed anyway.

Here, today, is "The Rest of the Story", as Paul Harvey used to so famously say.

10 "When Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes. In fact, the Lord gave him twice as much as before!
11 Then all his brothers, sisters, and former friends came and feasted with him in his home. And they consoled him and comforted him because of all the trials the Lord had brought against him. And each of them brought him a gift of money and a gold ring.

12 So the Lord blessed Job in the second half of his life even more than in the beginning. For now he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 teams of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys.

13 He also gave Job seven more sons and three more daughters. 14 He named his first daughter Jemimah, the second Keziah, and the third Keren-happuch.
15 In all the land no women were as lovely as the daughters of Job. And their father put them into his will along with their brothers.

16 Job lived 140 years after that, living to see four generations of his children and grandchildren.

17 Then he died, an old man who had lived a long, full life."

There once was a man named Job...

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