Thursday, July 20, 2006

The Lord is in control!

We as people tend to be impatient about a lot of different things. So when circumstances in our life take a rough turn we start to wonder...why me Lord.

The truth is, He in working something out in our lives for His good purpose.

John 9:1 ¶ As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth.
John 9:2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
John 9:3 ¶ “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.

Take a look at how God worked things out in Job's life.

The following paragraphs are taken from Easton's Dictionary of the Bible.

"Job: persecuted, an Arabian patriarch who resided in the land of Uz (q.v.). While living in the midst of great prosperity, he was suddenly overwhelmed by a series of sore trials that fell upon him. Amid all his sufferings he maintained his integrity. Once more God visited him with the rich tokens of his goodness and even greater prosperity than he had enjoyed before. He survived the period of trial for one hundred and forty years, and died in a good old age, an example to succeeding generations of integrity (Ezek. 14:14, 20) and of submissive patience under the sorest calamities (James 5:11). His history, so far as it is known, is recorded in his book".

"the trial of Job, its occasion, nature, endurance, and issue. It exhibits the harmony of the truths of revelation and the dealings of Providence, which are seen to be at once inscrutable, just, and merciful. It shows the blessedness of the truly pious, even amid sore afflictions, and thus ministers comfort and hope to tried believers of every age. It is a book of manifold instruction, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness (2 Tim. 3:16)".

"Revelation: an uncovering, a bringing to light of that which had been previously wholly hidden or only obscurely seen".

"Providence: literally means foresight, but is generally used to denote God’s preserving and governing all things by means of second causes (Ps. 18:35; 63:8; Acts 17:28; Col. 1:17; Heb. 1:3). God’s providence extends to the natural world (Ps. 104:14; 135:5-7; Acts 14:17), the brute creation (Ps. 104:21-29; Matt. 6:26; 10:29), and the affairs of men (1 Chr. 16:31; Ps. 47:7; Prov. 21:1; Job 12:23; Dan. 2:21; 4:25), and of individuals (1 Sam. 2:6; Ps. 18:30; Luke 1:53; James 4:13-15). It extends also to the free actions of men (Ex. 12:36; 1 Sam. 24:9-15; Ps. 33:14, 15; Prov. 16:1; 19:21; 20:24; 21:1), and things sinful (2 Sam. 16:10; 24:1; Rom. 11:32; Acts 4:27, 28), as well as to their good actions (Phil. 2:13; 4:13; 2 Cor. 12:9, 10; Eph. 2:10; Gal. 5:22-25)".


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Skippy here. I just wanted to tell you to keep up the good work on your blog. Also,thanks for being a great friend!
In Christ,

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