Tuesday, December 02, 2008

He Gives and takes away

Job 1 & 2

These two chapters are some of the most challenging you can read in scripture. It brings a whole new meaning to the prayer bless me Lord. Job was the creme d' la creme of a God follower. Even to the point that God brags about him to the devil.

How would he react when things turned bad and difficult. He is only following you because life is good were the challenges that the devil threw out.

How would I react if I lost everything in one evening. All my possessions well maybe I could cope with it just maybe. But then he looses his family in one foul swoop. Just how do you react to this my mind just cannot comprehend.

Job makes an incredible declaration which I have sung many times in church in the Newsboys classic song - Blessed be your name. Part of the lyrics are based on v 21

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, blessed be Your name
I will bless Your name

Now this contexts brings a whole new depth to the song. Clearly Job kept his faith and integrity because some time later God and the devil are having another conversation and God is still bragging on His man. As a result the devil tests him further by taking his health.

A good, righteous, faithful man with oodles of integrity but his physical world was falling apart. Whats that all about?


Anonymous said...

Hi Billy

Thanks for this blog given me some inspired ideas.
How is the family way up there?
I still look out for the Fraserburgh results as I became a fan while I was up there. Only watched Aberdeen when Celtic came over to beat them

Big Blessings
Joe hayes

Joe Hayes

Billy Ritchie said...

Thank for the kind comment about the blog Joe. Family is all fine. Dad pops down to see us from time to time. For the first time in my life I haven't been back home this year. Going off to Florida for Christmas and New Year.

Lest said about Aberdeen the better. Trust you and the family are all well.

Anonymous said...

Matt Redman - Blessed Be Your Name

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