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18″ Journey

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Reading: Job 42: 1-6

Verse 5: “My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you”.

In our passage today, for Job, God has made that 18″ journey. Previous to his great trials, Job was a righteous man. He was obedient in following the Law. He worshipped God on the Sabbath, he gave to his local synagogue, he spoke to God daily. In life, Job was an honest man, a hard worker, a person who could be counted on. Job lived a blessed life – a wife, lots of children, large herds and flocks, many servants, good friends. Job was blessed and saw God as the source of his blessings.

Then one horrible day the storm hit and Job’s world was rocked. It was not a doctor saying they had found cancer. It was not a spouse saying they were done with the marriage. It was not a boss handing him a pink slip. These are horrible things that we and those we love experience. For Job, it was losing all of his kids, flocks, herds, and servants. And then being covered in painful sores.

Job succeeded in two things during his trial: he knew that God was still with him and he knew that God was ultimately in control. Yes, Job questioned why all this was happening to him – much like we do in our trials. But Job held onto God. In the wrestling with and questioning of God, Job was transformed. Verse 5 speaks of this: “My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you”. Job knew who God was and he followed all His rules – because that is what you do. He knew who God was and he followed out of obedience. But then Job experienced God up close and personal. He got to know God because of and through the trial. God made that 18″ journey from head to heart. Job now had a personal relationship with God.

If God exists in your head, may the Lord bless you with a season of wrestling and questioning, drawing you into relationship. If God dwells in your heart, join me in rejoicing as we shout “thanks be to God”!

Lord, I thank you for dwelling in my heart. I thank you for such a great love that loves even me. I pray for my fellow brothers and sisters who have begun their journey but gave yet to surrender their heart. Move in them, Lord, to become the king of the throne of their heart as well. May it be so. Amen.

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6 thoughts on “18″ Journey

  1. AMEN AND AMEN, MY EARS, HEAR, MY EYES HAS SEEN. AND HAS DRAW ME CLOSE TO THEE.

    THIS IS JOY, TO KNOW HE IS HERE. TO FEEL HIM , HE GIVES LIVING WATER.

    THE LORD IS A SHELTER.
    GOD HAS GIVEN US BOTH HIS PROMISE AND HIS OATH.
    GOD WILL WATCH OVER US.

    THE LORDS DELIGHT IS IN THOSE WHO HONOR HIM. 😊😊😊

  2. HOW I LOVE THY LAW, O LORD, DAILY JOY ITS TRUTH AFFORD
    IN ITS CONSTANT I GO , WISE TO CONQUER EVERY FOE,
    SWEETER ARE THY WORDS TO ME THAN ALL OTHER GOOD CAN BE.
    SAFE I WALK , THY TRUTH MY LIGHT , HATING FALSE HOOD, LOVING RIGHT. AMEN

  3. BREATHE ON ME , BREATHE OF GOD, FILL ME WITH LIFE A NEW, THAT I MAY LOVE WHAT THOU LOVE, AND DO WHAT THOU WOULD DO.

    SPIRIT OF GOD DESCEND UPON MY HEART. AMEN

  4. CONVERSION IS LIFE CHANGING . ONE MUST COMPLETELY GIVE UP SELF AND YIELD TO THE LORDSHIP OF JESUS , WILLING TO FOLLOW THE LORD BIDDING .
    ONLY WHEN ONE IS WILLING TO GO THE WHOLE WAY WITH CHRIST CAN CONVERSION BE GENUINE…

  5. FAITH OF OUR FATHERS, LIVING STILL IN SPITE OF DUNGEON, FIRE AND SWORD , O HOW OUR HEARTS BEAT HIGH WITH JOY .
    WHEN EVER WE HEAR THAT GLORIOUS WORD,
    FAITH OF OUR FATHERS HOLY FAITH , WE WILL BE TRUE TO THEE TILL DEATH. AMEN

  6. I FIND , THE KEY IN TEACHING ON JOB, IS HOLY FAITH, HOLY FAITH.

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