Monday, June 8, 2020

Still I Will Say More

In yesterday's post, I shared one of my many favorite praise songs.  This one has particularly been on my mind and in my heart.  Surely, the songwriter was thinking of this Bible verse in the book of Job.

The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. ~Job 1:21b

In the first chapter of Job, we meet a blameless and upright man, Job.  Job lives a life of abundance and wealth until he loses everything including his children.  Through it all, he refuses to blame God but chooses to praise Him instead.

It is easy to give God the glory in a land that is plentiful and when life is as it should be.  It is not so easy to give God the glory when we are struggling and the world around us is filled with darkness.

Would that we realize and remember, as Job did, that all we have is God's.  It is God who gives and who takes away.  Blessed be the name of the Lord! What peace and joy this brings.  Instead of holding onto what we "have" with clenched fists, we are free to embrace the life that God plans for us.

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    1. Now if only I can keep my eyes fixed on the Lord and not on what surrounds us.

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  2. Thank you for an encouraging post Gina...so true.

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  3. Thank you for this great reminder of our Great God. What a Mighty God we serve.

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But oh! the blessing it is to have a friend to whom one can speak fearlessly on any subject; with whom one's deepest as well as one's most foolish thoughts come out simply and safely. Oh, the comfort — the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person — having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away. ~Dinah Maria Craik, A Life for a Life, "Chapter XVI: Her Story," 1859