Okay so this morning I was reading Job.  Its been a while since I’ve read Job, I encourage you to take the time to read it and let it minister to you. I’d like to share my reflections through my reading this morning.

Lord, I want to be used by you.  I want to be your messenger.  Allow my words to be your words.

How do you respond when trials and turmoils come your way? Do you react as Job and praise God during those times?  Read chapter 1

As Job’s world collapsed around him:  vs. 20-21 “Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head.  Then he fell to the ground IN WORSHIP and said:  Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart.  The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; MAY THE NAME OF THE LORD BE PRAISED.”

When you are just completely miserable and loathing in self pity how do your friends respond.  Read chapter 3 & 4 Do they encourage you & lift you up?  Do they pour out Godly wisdom upon you? Read chapter 5

When Job’s friends heard what was happening to Job they came to his side. vs 13 “Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights.  No one said a word to him, because they saw how great his suffering was.” Eliphaz spoke: vs 8-9 “But if it were I, I would appeal to God; I would lay my cause before him. He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.”

Have you ever shown malice to a friend who has given you steadfastness & words of hope?  Read chapter 6 & 7 Again I ask who do you surround yourself with when life seems to crumble around you.

Have you forgotten that during these times to run to God?  Read chapter 8

vs 5-7 “But if you will look to God and plead with the Almighty, if you are pure and upright, even now he will rouse himself on your behalf and restore you to your rightful place.  Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be. vs 21-22 “He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy. Your enemies will be clothed in shame, and the tents of the wicked will be no more.”

Psalm 108: 12-13  Give us aid against the enemy, for the help of man is worthless. With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies.

God is our refuge and our strength.  Psalm 46:1

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  James 1: 2-4

As I arrived home after completing my reflection time I received a phone call from the high school.  At first I missed the call and no message was left.  So I texted both my boys to see if everything was okay with them.  The first replied all is good I’m in class, the second reply was yes it was Miss Baker.  She called me to the office to discuss me harrassing a girl in my class.  She said I wasnt in trouble but needed to talk to me about it.  After that text, I received a call again.  This time I spoke to the assistant principal. She let me know about the talk she had with my son.  It was a pleasant call, it was due to harrassment yes but sexual harrassment.  This time charges wouldnt be pressed but could if it continued.  Wow!  Oh Lord, my heart cries.  I knew my son had a problem with pornography in the past but I didnt want to think it was reoccuring.  I had a phone call a few weeks ago about the same issue but this was regarding phone calls he was making to another state.  So when I got this call I knew it was true.  Our son needs help.  I need to be on my knees.  I need to praise our King for he has the answers that I dont.  I have briefly had the chance to speak with my son since having this conversation and I told him we are here for him.  We will figure out together what we can do to help him to get the help he needs.  I told him he’s not in trouble but this could be alot worse if charges do come against him.  I ask for each of you to pray with us for understanding and clarification on how we can help him. Our God knows what we need before all of us and I do find his timing amazing as I read Job’s reaction to his trials and then I am faced with a challenge myself.

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