“Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, and hast fenced me with bones and sinews. Thou hast granted me life and favor, and Thy visitation hath preserved my spirit.”
The Book of Job truly brings mixed emotions for most of us. There are several texts taken from Job in In The Master's Hands. I remember the first time I read the book of Job; I could not fathom why God would allow such a devoted man to go through so much devastation. If you haven't read this book of the Bible as yet, I suggest you do. It will help you every time you go through the valley of adversity.
The story begins with Lucifer presenting himself before God, with that famous line where God asks, “Whence comest thou?” And Lucifer responds, “From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.” Then God does the unimaginable to most humans, He offers His most perfect and dedicated servant; a man named Job, from the land of Uz, as an example for Lucifer to examine. Lucifer taunts God by suggesting that the only reason people worship Him is because He continually blesses us, all while maintaining a hedge of protection around us. So, God allowed all manner of evil to enter into Job’s life, short of his death.
Lucifer holds nothing back, unleashing every wicked disaster that could possibly enter into a man’s life. He wipes out Job’s family, income, and fortune. When that does not turn Job against God, God allows Lucifer to destroy his health, which finally turns his wife against him. Over the years, I have learned to understand the deeper meanings within the book of Job. (We will uncover some of the deeper meanings in another daily)
Consider reading the book of Job; it is an entire book devoted to encouraging Christians in understanding that nothing occurs in our lives without the permission of God. So, no matter what you are going through, know that God is still in control. No matter how deep your valley of adversity, stand up and praise His name, because if He allowed it, He certainly can fix it! L.
Study Reference: Job 1:1-22, 2:1-7
Excerpt from: "Consider Job." In The Master's Hands: 365 Daily Devotions for Everyday Living.
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