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Always Near

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Reading: Job 42: 10-17

Verse 12: “The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the first”.

Job’s trial has transformed him. He looks at life much differently than before. Job values life itself, all the small things, and everything in between. As his suffering began, Job acknowledged that the Lord gives and the Lord takes away. It was matter of fact, simply how things were. But now Job has gratitude for all that the Lord does in his life. He is now personally connected to God.

We see the change in Job first as he prays for his friends. We recall that the three friends were not supportive or encouraging during the trial. Yet Job prays for them. For what? Probably to experience what he has experienced. The friends know God’s laws and rules, but they do not know God. Their interactions with Job show a lack of God’s love, compassion, and mercy. The second way we see Job transformed is in his interactions with his daughters.

Job gives each daughter a name that reflects God’s beauty in the world. Their names recall God’s grace and the blessings that He pours out on mankind. Job reflects this by also giving his daughters a share of the inheritance. In doing so, Job is making them equal to his sons. He is also giving them power and independence. Job’s daughters do not have to rely on others.

Job’s story is familiar to us. We have experienced pain and suffering in our lives. We have emerged closer to God. Yes, at times we too can doubt God and/or be angry at God. Often, like Job, we realize that we cannot nor ever will understand some of the ways of God. And like Job, we also experience God’s abiding presence, especially in the trials. Always, God is near. Thanks be to God.

God, you are the Creator of all things. Your power and might are far beyond my understanding. Your ways are far above my ways. Yet you are ever present, your love and care always surrounding me. You are ever present, both in the joys and in the sorrows. Thank you God for always being there. Amen.

4 thoughts on “Always Near

  1. GOD CARES, ABOUT OUR SOUL, HE LOVES EACH OF US, HE HAS GIVEN EACH OF US LIFE.
    WE ARE HIS.
    AMEN.

  2. NEARER MY GOD TO THEE, NEARER TO THEE . 😊

    O FOR A HEART TO PRAISE MY GOD, A HEART FROM SIN , SET FREE,
    A HEART THAT ALWAYS FEELS THY BLOOD , SO FREELY SHED FOR ME…

  3. BENEATH THE CROSS OF JESUS I FAIN WOULD TAKE MY STAND ,
    THE SHADOW OF A MIGHTY ROCK WITHIN A WEARY LAND
    A HOME WITHIN THE WILDERNESS , A REST UPON THE WAY
    FROM THE BURNING OF THE noontime heat , AND THE BURDEN OF THE DAY..

  4. WE THANK YOU LORD, FOR THIS DAY, WE THANK YOU FOR LIFE AND FAMILY . AMEN

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