Saturday, December 15, 2018

Saturday, December 17th: Job 1-3; Revelation 13:11-18 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Job 1-3; Revelation 13:11-18

Our Job passage is an intense one!  Sometimes we've read the same stories over so often that the impact is lessened over time. But if you read with fresh eyes, or put yourselves in the shoes of Job, you realize the incredible devastation that was inflicted upon Job - for no earthly reason.  He wasn't being punished for something he had done wrong.  In reality, it was almost the opposite.  He was being tested because he was so godly!

I can't even imagine - losing your livelihood, losing your possessions, losing all of our children, and losing your health.  Everything was taken away.  Except his wife, who was no encouragement to him in his time of need.  Obviously she also was hurting, but she turned her hurt into anger against God, whereas Job turned to God in worship.

In all likelihood, we will not experience the extreme devastation that Job did.  But have no doubt about it, we all go through hard times and face extremely difficult situations, though some sure seem to get more than their "fair share".  But whatever difficulties we experience, what will our reaction be?  Will it be to curse and blame God?  Or will it be to turn to him in worship and for comfort?

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageJob 4-6, Revelation 14

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