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The Song of Job

Posted: February 20, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Amazing how one after the other, the messengers flooded Job’s house, each carrying his dose of bad report. I am sure all that time Job was thinking, at least my family’s fine, I can always recoup the loss but I can’t bear to loose my children. Then when he thinks it’s all over, another one walks in, ‘your sons & daughters…..’ I’m sure his thoughts probably trailed off as soon as he heard his children mentioned. He was probably thinking, ‘not my children, not my children.’

Then he comes back to & the servant finishes the message. Right now, he’s probably weak in his knees, the property loss means nothing, he’s maybe trying to reach out to something to lean on, his strength has failed him. The servants are probably thinking this guy will die of grief. Then Job arises, & contrary to what is humanly possible, he falls on the ground and worships. He worships. He doesn’t complain, he doesn’t curse, doesn’t question sovereignty but rather he worships. In the moment of turmoil, when all the natural man knows is to ask ‘why’ Job worships. Not because he was perfect, or any better but because he knew his God and by the grace of that same God he was able to lift up a song of worship.

‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, & naked shall I return. The Lord gave, & the Lord has taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord.’

What song comes out of your lips when terror strikes? What does it say about you, about your God?

Grace & Peace

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GOD WILLING

Posted: February 1, 2013 in broken_pieces
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Grace to you,

‘God willing,’ a very common phrase. One that we say almost subconsciously without giving it much thought. Many a time I have used the phrase in vain. Saying it but not really understanding it. I remember there was a time when someone would say, ‘God willing’ I knew immediately they wouldn’t live up to my expectations. To me, it was just an escape route or a polite way of saying ‘No’. Until I understood its gravity.

So now, you will find me saying God willing because now I know unless the Lord wills it, I labour in vain. I know the Lord is sovereign enough to thwart my plans and direct my hands in a different direction. Now I know it’s by grace that I live to see the next minute. For my times are in his hands. Therefore, I commit all my plans to God knowing that if he wills them, they will succeed, with his definition of success of course. God willing is no longer a phrase but a way of life. Every time I say ‘God Willing’ I’m declaring ‘He is Lord.’

Therefore, James 4:13-17;

Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such & such a town & spend a year there & trade & make a profit” yet you don’t know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time & then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live & do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do & fails to do it, for him it is sin.

Grace & Peace