Monday, October 5, 2015

Ever been ripped off?

Suffered some sort of loss?
Been rejected some? Been fired, or turned away? Do you ever feel like you’ve NOT been blessed, nor been noticed, or acknowledged, or validated, or affirmed, or remembered much, but have indeed been abandoned, and like the heavens remain silent to you? Not tryin' to make a victim out of non-victims here. 
“..and he (Job) owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East.”  Job 1:3
Have you ever felt forgotten, ignored, or just passed over before? 

All those who have yelled at or angrily commanded God to speak as they look to statues in stone cold empty churches would have heard him if they would have ran out and into the pages of their Bible for there he has uttered clearly, and has not once studdard.

Perhaps you can relate to Job who suffered and lost so much? The circumstances of life turned against him big time. Sometimes it’s near impossible for people here to see if God is punishing them for past sins, or simply refining them as gold in a hot furnace. But I want to say to you: Please don’t mistake God’s loving refinement for outright punishment, or his quietness for lack of care. He is not indifferent, or ho hum distracted, or passive. He is working today and He is among us–Jesus so radically loves you so much that he can’t take his eyes off you. 
And he hears every word. You matter to him- always have! You are more than rad-precious to him then English words can describe. God is hidden, he is very near, he speaks through nature, but he also reveals. 
His hiddenness this does not mean that he is at all indifferent. He cares about you. You can see him in the circumstances of life if you have the eyes of faith to see him in life’s circumstances. I yak, and chatter, and talk long, and can preach from the Old Testament, but I must quickly run to the New Testament for it is there that grace and truth come into full bloom in the person of Jesus Christ. 
What I am sure of, what I ..@kurtwvs ..write, what I speak about using the the Bible, what I try to explain of what has happened to me, it all needs to make a beeline to the cross for that’s where the greatest love became more than words. In the final chapters of the book of Job we do see a bit of grace come through in his life. Want to see more? Listen, the old is the new concealed while the new is the old revealed–the new is where we see the greatest grace revealed! 

“As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.”  James 5:11

When you think all is lost forever, think again. These are the days to live for the Blesser (Jesus) who can make happy, instead of for His blessings or for the world’s type of happiness. We know the Script in advance and we can know the ending. Though the military mights of the nations on earth get stronger and stronger their morality gets more and more inferior, the stone in the book of Daniel not made with hands will soon arrive to fix things here. You can be apart! These are days to be confident; that call for boldness in the Lord. 
The Lord heals and restores. He forgives and gives abundant life and grace. The devil and his minions are the thieves--they rob, lie and kill, but.. “The blessing of the Lord, it makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.” Proverbs 10:22

The Bible says, “The Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; and he had 14,000 sheep and 6,000 camels and 1,000 yoke of oxen and 1,000 female donkeys. He had seven sons and three daughters..” Job 42:12

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