Don’t despair; God loves you and cares

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For several days we’ve been studying the life of Job.

He endured excruciating pain and testing, yet remained faithful to God.

He begged for answers, yet for weeks or months, God seemed silent.

He begged to die, yet God had other plans for his life.

Job was deep in the pit of depression and despair.

He begged for a meeting with God so he could discover
why he had been so severely chastised.

Job’s 10 children were all killed, his servants and livestock
were gone, and his body was covered with painful boils.

People he once thought were his friends spoke harsh words of judgment toward him.

They assumed he was being punished by God and had some hidden sin he
had not repented of.

Suddenly the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said,

Who is this who speaks dark words of counsel without knowledge?

Gird up your loins like a man, for I will demand an answer from you.

Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?

Have you entered into the springs of the sea?

Have the gates of death been opened to you?

Have you seen the treasures of snow or hail which I have
reserved against the time of trouble, or in the day of battle
or war?

Who has divided the waters to overflow, or a way for the
lightening to thunder?

Who causes it to rain upon the earth or the bud to spring
forth from the earth?

Does the rain have a father? Out of whose womb comes the ice
or frost of heaven?

Who has given understanding to the heart?

Who can number the clouds by wisdom?

Will you hunt the prey for the lion or fill the appetite for
his young?

Who provides the food for the raven, when his young ones
cry to God, for lack of meat?

Do you know when the wild goats or calves birth their young?

Did you give good wings to the peacocks or wings and feathers
to the ostrich?

She leaves her eggs in the earth and warms them in the dust,
and forgets that the foot may crush them or the wild beast
break them.

She is hardened against her young as though they were not hers,
because God has deprived her of wisdom, nor given her understanding.

Does the hawk fly by your wisdom?

Does the eagle at your command, make a nest on high?

Shall he that contends with the Almighty instruct him?

He that reproves God, let him answer.

Then Job answered the LORD,

I am vile; what shall I answer you? I will lay my
hand upon my mouth.

I have spoken twice, but I will proceed no further.

Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and
said, Gird up your loins not like a man. I will demand
an answer from you.

Will you condemn me, so you may appear righteous?

Have you an arm like God, or can you thunder with
a voice like him?

Then Job answered the LORD, I know that you can do
everything, and no thought is hidden from you.

I have uttered things that I understood not, things too
wonderful for me.

I have heard of you by the ear, but now my eye has seen you.

I abhor myself and repent in dust and ashes.

After this the LORD said to Eliphaz…

My anger is against you and your two friends, for you have
spoken things that are not right about me, as my servant
Job has.

Take 7 bulls and 7 rams and go to my servant Job. Offer up
burnt offerings and my servant Job will pray for you.

Him I will accept, lest I deal with you according to
your foolishness.

So Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar went and did as the LORD
had commanded them.

And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for
his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had
before.

All his brothers and sisters, and all that had been his acquaintances
before ate bread in his house. They comforted him regarding
all the evil that the LORD had brought against him, and every
man brought a piece of money and a earring of gold as a gift
to Job.

The LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than at the beginning.

He had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, and 1,000
asses.

God bless Job and his wife with 7 sons and 3 daughters.

He named the first daughter Jemima, which means that is handsome.

The name of the second, Kezia, and the name of the third
Kerenhappuch, which means child of beauty.

In all the land were no women found so beautiful as the daughters
of Job. Their father gave them inheritance among their brothers.

After this, Job lived 140 years and saw his sons and grandchildren
to the fourth generation.

Job died, being old and full of days.

Job was a man of great faith and patience. God allowed him
to be tested by Satan to try his faith and teach him patience
and endurance.

God was angry with his friends for persecuting him unmercifully.

God never did tell Job why he was given such a great trial,
but did correct him for complaining and being angry.

It is interesting to note that God made Job pray for his friends,
before he turned his captivity.

God blessed Job with twice as much as he had before and
sent friends and family to help and encourage him with
food and gifts.

Today you may be discouraged or angry with God for allowing
adversity to come upon you.

Friends or family may have spoken harsh words of criticism
against you making you feel alone and afraid.

When we walk through the valleys of darkness we need not
fear, for he will be with us.

God loves you so much he sent Jesus to die on the cross for
your sins.

If friends and family are not supportive, don’t allow them to
provoke you to anger.

Jesus taught us…

Love your enemies, pray for those who despitefully use
and persecute you.

Then you will be called the sons of God.

Jesus was despised and persecuted too, yet he willingly
laid down his life to save ours.

If God spared not his own son, but delivered him up for us
all, will he not also freely give us all things.

Hold on precious one.

We can find encouragement from the story of Job, for
when his season of testing was over, God restored to
him double for his trouble.

The same God who came to Job’s rescue, can help and
heal you and the relationships in your life too.

Father,
Thank you for the amazing story of Job to teach us
about trials and suffering.

Forgive us from grumbling and complaining when you
allow us to be tested and tried.

Help us to be loving and compassionate to others who are
suffering from adversity.

May our love and prayers support them in their hour of need
and give them hope.

Though troubles are not always easy or enjoyable, fill our
hearts with Your joy and peace, so we may be faithful
witnesses who give glory to your name.

Give us gently and quiet spirits, who are content and
thankful in every season of our life.

Heal the sick, comfort those who are mourning or in pain,
mend the broken families and help us to live a godly life
in unity and peace.

Thank you for abundantly providing all our needs
and being our loving and compassionate Father
and Friend.

In the blessed name of Jesus we pray.
Amen

Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of
the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the
Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy. James 5:11

Have a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving.

I am thankful for all of you!

Valerie Rousseau

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