Blaming Fate When Things Go Wrong (part 1)

Good afternoon readers. I apologize for the late posting. I had a late night last night. For some reason I couldn’t sleep. I felt God speaking to me about stages in my life that weren’t the greatest in the world. This kind of tied into what I am reading about Job. This post is going to be broken up into two parts because Job 4 and Job 5 are tied together.

PART 1

As I read through Job 4, I felt like God was speaking to me about depression. Here Job is down and out, wanting to give up, and his friend Eliphaz wants to help him out of it. Eliphaz basically tell Job that he has a lot to live for, and that everything will be ok. Job has helped people out that wanted to quit, and so Eliphaz wants to do the same thing. At the end of Job 4 it states this:

Job 4:21 (The Message) :

Don’t Blame Fate When Things Go Wrong

I found a passage on YouVersion and wanted to share it with you.

‘I’m reaching the end of my tether’- Do you ever feel like this? What are we to do when, like Job, we find ourselves sinking into a state of deep depression? Remember Jesus. Remember His suffering – ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken Me?’(Matthew 27:46). He suffered for us. He suffers with us. In our suffering, we need Jesus. We need His love. Some may say, ‘You’ve only yourself to blame’. They will tell us, ‘Pull yourself together’. What good will this do – without the love of Jesus? Without His love, things will only get worse. Jesus knows how we feel. He’s been there. He went to the Cross – for us. Behind His suffering, we see His love. He has ‘suffered’. He has been ‘tempted’. He feels our pain. He comes to us with ‘mercy and grace’. He is our ‘Help in time of need’(Hebrews 2:18; 4:15-16).

This passage spoke a lot to me. Depression is a real thing. I agree with this passage in that the best way out of it is to remember what Jesus was put through. He suffered and will suffer along side us.

God I pray today that people suffering from depression, no matter the reason why, listen to you  and your teachings Lord. Depression is something that we need your help with. Your hand is the ultimate healer. May Your power and presence comfort them and the people around them.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Trusting Him

As the evening comes to an end, I wanted to come on here and share something that happened yesterday that has never happened to me before. I got a sign from God. Not that I have ever really doubted the existence of God before, but this just made my faith in Him jump.

I don’t want to sound like I am boasting about what happened, because I am not. I just want to share how God is moving in my wife and I’s life.

In my first post on this blog, I mentioned to you that my wife and I had never tithed before and had decided to for the first time last weekend. Me being unemployed our finances are pretty tight. Even in that circumstance, we decided to trust God with our finances.

While checking the mail yesterday, I only found one thing. The only piece of mail that was in there was an envelope with a printed label of my wife and I’s name and address. I opened it up thinking that was a Christmas letter or something, and found a single sheet of paper that said, ” May this bless you during this Season”. I thought to myself, ” How odd.” As I went to walk away, I saw a $100 bill lying on my shoe. This was the same amount that my wife and I had tithed a few days before hand. There wasn’t a name or anything on the note, nor a return address.

All I have to say is, God is truly amazing.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Questioning God

In Job 3, we find a different side of Job than we have seen in  previous chapters. We find a Job that is questioning his existence. He questions go as far to even ask why he was born.

Job 3:11-15 (The Message)

11 “Why didn’t I die at birth,
my first breath out of the womb my last?

12 Why were there arms to rock me,
and breasts for me to drink from?

13 I could be resting in peace right now,
asleep forever, feeling no pain,

14 In the company of kings and statesmen
in their royal ruins,

15 Or with princes resplendent
in their gold and silver tombs.

I believe that sometimes it is ok to question God. I think God expects us to. The questioning though should have a limit to it though. If you question God too much, then you aren’t fully relying on what God’s plan entails.

Lord I pray today that I as a person trust you more and more each day. Through reading your word and living through you, I hope to become a more faithful Christian.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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What’s The Point of Life?

Reading through Job 2, I came along the question, What’s The Point of Life? In this section of the book of Job, Satan takes away Job’s health. Does Job end up cursing God? NO. Even after his wife tells him to, Job still keeps his integrity, and stays true to God. His friends come to see him and see how bad Job looks. They sit there for several days and even try to put themselves in Job’s situation. Still Job is obedient to God.

So, What’s The Point of Life? Many men have tried to answer this question. A lot have answered with things of this world, but I believe it is much bigger than that.

The point of this life according to the world:

Plato: Plato believed that the meaning of life was to attain the highest form of   knowledge

Cynic Philosophers: They believed the meaning of life was to live a life of  virtue that agrees with nature.

The point of this life according to Christ is to:

Matthew 22:37-39 (TNIV)

37 Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’38 This is the first and greatest commandment.39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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First Test

Good morning readers. I see God has blessed both of us with the gift of life today. As I mentioned yesterday, I have started reading Job during my first ever quiet time. All I have to say is amazing! I wanted to share with you today my thoughts from Job 1.

Job is a man like you and I. He has a family, and a home, etc. You are probably saying to yourself,” yes I have those things, but I am not wealthy.. I don’t have servants.” Ok, well not everyone in this world is wealthy and has servants. My point is that he is just a man in God’s eyes. Those other things don’t matter.

Job is very faithful to God by praising him and giving burnt offerings on behalf of his children. One day the angels meet up with God. Satan tags along. God points Job out to Satan, telling Satan how great of a person Job is. How cool is that to have God basically  say, ” Look Satan, you haven’t got to my buddy Job yet”.

So Satan challenges God because Satan doesn’t believe that Job’s faithfulness is genuine.  God tells Satan to do what he wants with Job, but just don’t hurt him. Satan decides to take everything… EVERYTHING away from Job. His flock(and the wealth that came from it) and his family.

What does Job do when he hears the news of this?

Job 1:20-22 (The Message)

20 Job got to his feet, ripped his robe, shaved his head, then fell to the ground and worshiped:

21 Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
naked I’ll return to the womb of the earth.
God gives, God takes.
God’s name be ever blessed.

22 Not once through all this did Job sin; not once did he blame God.

As a man of God, we all need to be like Job. When times are good or bad, we need to worship God.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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A New Beginning

I will fully admit it. I have been a Christian since 1998. Since then, my Christian walk hasn’t grown that much at all. Well that is about to change! On December 13th, I decided to make a change. Several things happened that day.

1) My wife and I decided to live outside our box and tithe for the first time. That may be something that isn’t that big of a deal for you, but for us it was. I myself became unemployed on December 3rd, cutting my wife and I’s income in half. So tithing for us then was a huge leap of faith for us.

2) That night, my wife and I went to a Christmas party with some of our friends in our small group. At the Christmas party, a devotional was presented. In that devotional, the man leading it challenged us to live by a specific scripture.

Romans 8:15 (The Message)

This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?”

That message really sparked something in me to deepen my life with Christ.

3)Upon being challenged with that message, I decided to start doing a quiet time. Sure you say to yourself, that isn’t easy to do. Since being a Christian, I have never had a quiet time. So I have decided to read Job and also start reading Francis Chan’s Forgotten God.

4) Today I am starting a blog about my adventures with God. Yeah, I have had blogs previously, but never a Christian one. We will see what happens on this journey.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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