“No Matter What, Who, When, Why, Where, How…”

Are you are a missionary someplace in this world? You need to read and reread the book of Job because you need to know the God you serve and His and your adversary. This is not just a ‘well I will,‘ but it is a book that you “must read” until you understand each and every character’s profile, but mostly your own and Gods’!

Beloved, when you are faced with situations that seem ‘out of character,’ you will be like Job asking the proverbial question: WHY?  As you wander the book of Job you will unearth this question more than once. In addition, you may be confronted with those like Job’s friends who have been saying he has sin in his life. Yet, Job has been saying to his friends this one truth: God cannot, nor will He ever lie. That is why he can trust God.  Although, he has been through the fire and continues to feel the heat, one thing he knows is this: God Knows All. Job 31: 4

“Does he not see my ways and count all my steps?”

God knows all and therefore no matter how bad life has become and how despondent he is over this strange set of circumstances, he will not walk away from his belief that God is God, and He alone knows the reason.  Beloved, this is true EVEN IF LIKE JOB WE NEVER DO KNOW THE REASON!

If we fail here, Satan wins.  

God has, as one author noted, “locked himself in” to consistently adhere to the laws He has established, and that is why we can trust Him. He cannot lie, change, break a promise or allow his power to be stopped. His word cannot be broken, annulled, and he cannot sin. All of these are true about God and that is what Job is clinging to even as he wonders what all of this is about.

James reminds us that, when we are in a trial, to ask for wisdom, and that is what Job is doing. This is where the rubber meets the road, and we must decide: Will I trust God or not. Ask yourself: Has God been faithful in the past? You can trust that he will be faithful now and in the future.  If you and I can say yea and amen to this, we can know for certain that, at some point in time, God will end our suffering, pain or dilemma. And if perhaps we need to know, He will also reveal its purpose. But whether He does or not, we must trust God! Even in Job’s questioning and wondering, he still trusted God. You can as well.

 

 

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About Gaye Austin

When not writing for the Bible.org ministry Facebook page, Gaye Austin can be found working on her own web page, titled http://sonshinesjournal.com/ As a lover of snail mail you might find her thanking the donors of the Bible.org ministry where she works as a full-time volunteer. You might find her reading and on the alert for good writers for the children’s ministry blog; Heartprints. Life has taken Gaye on many adventures of faith from NY to GA, Maryland, Fl and now to Texas. Along the way, she has found discipling other women rewarding. In Texas, she and her husband enjoy time with their son, daughter-in-law and cheering on their aspiring musical theater granddaughter; a senior at Baylor University. Gaye has been active in many churches Sunday School programs, Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) and teaching Precept Ministries classes. It was through these she learned how to study the Bible and started writing curriculum and Sunday School lessons for her husband’s class. Along with this she also taught elementary school. Now, when not glued to the computer screen, she enjoys gardening and reading. Because her life has had many twists and turns she recently rewrote her testimony titled “Protected” after seeing how God has directed and protected her through the many years she has walked with Him.

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