The message of Job

The story of Job.

Everybody seemed familiar with the story of this incredible man. A man of faith. A man who has everything then lost it all.

We went to church this morning for the worship service. This is the first time we are attending the Church of Biblical Truth here in our subdivision. I know who the Pastor here, but he was not there when we arrive. Instead, they have a lady who will be speaking. She said that she has prepared a message for the last 2 weeks and God is giving her a different message. She bargained with God. Then Sunday morning came and as she was preparing, the message felt stronger and she had changed the subject of her message. She does not even know why, but she chose to follow God’s direction.

We arrived with 4 kids. We have 2 nephews and my own 2 kids. I was not really expecting God to reveal things to me because Pastor Jess is not around so I just sat down and try to listen to the speaker. When she spoke of how the message has been changed, I was like “Okay. God led her to change it.” Then she revealed the message was of a man who has everything then lost everything and God replaced everything that he lost. That man was Job.

The story revolves around how Job was one of the people that pleased God and how God brags about him. Then Satan came to have a little “challenge” so to speak. They put Job to the test, they were trying to know what will be the man’s decision will be. They took all of his possessions, his slaves, his livestock, his children, and they caused him great pain by giving him some skin disease. One of the prayers I remember from him was “…Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” Job 1:21 English Standard Version.

Job with his 3 friends
Job with his 3 friends

Why was this relevant to me? Why did I feel that God intentionally made me go to that church this Sunday and had me listen to the speaker? It’s because He wants me to learn and know that He is still in control. God wants me to hear how Job responded. How Job’s life was more miserable and painful than mine. I lost my job, I am in need of a financial resource because my wife is 6 months pregnant and my daughter’s still going to school, debts and bills needed to be paid…

God wanted me to hear that HE IS STILL IN CONTROL. I have forgotten how it feels to be assured by God. I have been complaining and whining. I have questioned God again and again. I know I can question God because He has given me freedom to speak and think on my own. But my line of questioning is more of a literal questions.

I have lost some of my faith along the way and I know how it is to go against God and be under His grace. I have learned how to suffer and accept the fact that I have sinned. And the story of Job made me realize, God does what He knows is best for me. Now I can never question His wisdom, but I may ask for His grace to be with me in times like this.

After God answered Job, He blessed Job more. God gave him what he lost and more. All that Job did was to trust in the Lord. TRUST IN THE LORD.

My story so far.

 

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H.E.L.P.

I am tired.

I am exhausted, frustrated and angry.

Just read some chat exchange from 2 people who are close to me, and just as I thought the squabble that has happen is over, I was wrong. Just because I lost my job and I don’t want to discuss it more, just because I had a tax deficit which me myself can’t comprehend, I am finding out that money does talk. I thought it was nothing at first. I thought someone is creating some non-sense but it was already proven before, now, there is something being discussed over the internet by 2 people I trusted.

With this, I am requesting a prayer from people who are able to read this article.

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Please pray for me. Pray that I would have this anger in me put under control. Pray that God give me something to work on, to start with. I need a job, or business. Something to be my financial resource. Please…. I beg of you. PRAY FOR ME.

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FAITH.

I lost my job. I was trying to find one and I have not yet got any. My wife is currently pregnant to our 3rd child, my daughter’s tuition is not yet fully paid, she is still to graduate this March, we have some bills and debt to pay and I don’t know where to go for financial aide. I am so confused and frustrated. Then I had a glimpse of hope… one of the companies I applied for last year contacted me for an interview. I went there hoping for a shot at having a job again and support my family’s needs. But I failed. I failed the first 2 tests… typing and some quiz. DARN IT! How did I fail them?! I passed them last year! I was filled with questions…

I went home. Caught a bus and sat down. I looked at what’s in front of me. The wide road that will take me home… Then I noticed the verse near the driver’s rear view mirror… Jeremiah 29:11.

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It made me remember the promise of God from a long time ago. God indeed never fails, although we do. God has plans to prosper ME and to give ME hope and a future, never to harm me. I guess all I have to do now is really trust His ways.

God, I really need some assistance from You.