He Is All-Powerful, Day 5

 

 

Today’s reading is drawn from Matthew 19:26, Job 42:2, Genesis 18:14, and Jeremiah 51:15.

With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.

I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.

Is anything too hard for the Lord?

He made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.

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God on Trial, Day 5

Today’s reading is drawn from Job 2:1-10.

God’s Story

Job, a blameless, honorable man, loves God and loves his family.

One day the angels come before God’s throne to report to him. Satan is among them. As God talks with Satan, he points out the loyalty of his servant, the virtuous Job. Satan slanders Job, making the accusation that Job honors God only because God has lavishly blessed him. God grants Satan permission to do what he wants with all that Job has.

In one day, Job loses his livestock, his hired hands and his children. Job grieves, but he still worships God.

Once again, Satan comes before God’s throne with the angels, and once again God draws his attention to Job — who still hasn’t cursed him. Satan grumbles that if Job’s health were taken away, he would turn his back on God. God grants Satan permission: He can hurt Job, but he can’t kill him.

Soon Job is covered from head to toe with painful, oozing sores. His wife advises him to curse God. Job refuses. Three of his friends hear about his troubles and come to sit with him. They are stunned by his appearance, and for seven days no one speaks. Then Job breaks the silence, bemoaning the day he was born.

The King’s Heart

“God is good,” Job proclaimed with his life. When Satan came before God’s throne, God highlighted Job’s trust in him. As the cosmic prosecutor who always puts God’s goodness on trial, Satan questioned Job’s motives. “Take away the blessings,” Satan slandered, “and Job will curse the Blesser.”

“God is good.”

“Is he really?”

The cosmic trial was played out on the stage of Job’s life. Satan accused Job of trusting God only when life is good. God was looking for a man who would trust in his goodness even when life obviously isn’t good.

It seems heartless for God to allow Job to suffer. But God put limits on Job’s hardships. Satan could take Job’s wealth, health and children, but he could not take Job’s life. Job’s death would leave no room for restoration or vindication. And the good God who was guiding this mysterious story of suffering would not have that. Job’s story would not end with evil’s victory.

Insight

In order for Satan to instigate any hardships in Job’s life, God had to allow it. While the “why” behind suffering is almost always a mystery, there are two realities that are certain: Nothing happens to us that isn’t filtered through the Father’s hand of love. And if God allows hard times in our lives, he is always using them for good. Always.

 

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The Greatest Gift

“Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap… yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!” Luke 12:24

Although the battle for healthy self‐confidence is most often fought by women, many men also struggle with the issue. Unlike a woman, a man derives his sense of worth primarily from the reputation he earns in his job or profession. He draws emotional satisfaction from achieving in business, becoming financially independent, developing a highly respected skill, being the “boss,” or being loved and appreciated by his patients, clients, or business associates. When his career fails, however, look out.

His confidence often falters, and he becomes vulnerable. Depression, anger, and withdrawal are just some of his potential responses. Wives here’s something to remember: More than anything, your man needs your respect. Compliment him on the qualities you most admire in him. Avoid comments that debase or embarrass him—especially in the eyes of others. As much as is reasonably possible, understand and support his career, but also create such an affirming atmosphere at home that he will be happy to leave career concerns at the office.

The better you understand your differences, the more you’ll appreciate the gift that is your mate.

Just between us…

  • (wife) What achievement are you proudest of?
  • (wife)
  • Are you satisfied with the current state of your career?
  • (wife) How can I help you with your career?
  • (wife) How can I show more respect for you and what you do?

(wife) Father, thank You for my husband—for the energy, skills, and ambitions you’ve placed in him. Help him to know that You love him no matter how he performs, and please help me show him the honor and respect I feel. Amen.

  • From Night Light For Couples, by Dr. James & Shirley Dobson
    Copyright © 2000 by James Dobson, Inc. All rights reserved.
 

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