Job 6:10 Refusing To Deny God’s Word

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Then I would still have this consolation–my joy in unrelenting pain–that I had not denied the words of the Holy One. Job 6:10 

Going through pain or suffering will often change a lot of people. It can change how they think and act. It is very common when a person is suffering from a bad headache, that they will act irrationally towards other people. They will get angry very easily and snap at others. They are not focused very well on their emotions.

Extreme pain or suffering will often cause people to be blinded to the truth. All they see and feel at the moment is pain and no hope. They forget the truth about life.

Job was going through extreme troubles, pain and suffering. He wanted God to take his life, so that he would die without denying God’s word. He was so focused on following God, that he would rather die than deny God and His word. God’s word showed hope and a future.

Sadly many people who go through extreme suffering often begin to deny God’s word. They forget that God loves them no matter what they are going through. They forget that God is with them in the suffering. They forget that in the end they will have eternal life with God in heaven.

All of this forgetting is because they are focused on the pain, rather than on God and His word. In the process of forgetting God’s word, they deny it. They deny the power of God’s word in their lives. Usually they feel as if God has abandoned them, though His word says He will never leave or forsake them.

Believers need to stand firmly upon God’s word in their lives. They need to trust that God’s word is true, regardless of what is going on around them or in their lives.

During times that you will or are going through difficult times in your life, stay focused on what God’s word says. Refuse to deny what He has said about you and to you.

You are His child and He loves you. Nothing you can say, do, or go through will change that. He also has a place reserved for you in heaven if you do not give up and deny His words.

As you are suffering, turn towards God in prayer and in worship. Know that despite what is happening, He has your best interest in mind. Don’t deny God.

I pray today that you will know God’s love towards you; that you will trust God’s words to you; that you will not deny God or His words in your life; and that God will give you strength through all difficult times. 

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Job 3:11 Wanting To Die

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“Why did I not perish at birth, and die as I came from the womb? Job 3:11 

Suffering pain and trouble is one thing that most people do not want to have to go through. People will go to great lengths to avoid any type of pain or suffering. Billions of dollars every year are spent on medicines to alleviate pain caused by sickness, injury or just natural parts of life.

There are many who, when things go bad and they are suffering greatly, curse the day they were born. They wish that they had never been born. It is common for many to begin to think about suicide is the way out. Some will go through with it. All they can see is suffering and pain with no hope of anything different.

With all of his loss, Job began to feel that way. He began to curse the day he was born. He began to question why he was born, just to go through tremendous suffering and pain.

Although Job never blames or curses God, he begins to share his heart with God. Questioning why things were happening as they were.

Times have not changed since Job. People still go through great suffering. Not just people in this world who don’t believe in God, but believers will also go through times of pain and suffering and loss. Homes will be lost, lives will be lost, health will be lost, and more will be lost.

Believers will have questions about what is going on and why. But they should never curse God or give up on God. There is still hope.

You will have times of great trouble, pain and suffering. The amount you must go through and what you will go through will be different each time, and often different than what others are going through, but it will still be difficult.

As you are going through a trial in this life, remember that God is still with you, loves you and will never leave you. God is also still in control of everything that is happening in your life and there is a purpose for it.

Do not give up on God or life. There will come an end to the suffering and pain.

God brought you into this world for a purpose, to have fellowship with Him and be His witness to this world. This can be done through the good and bad times. Hold on to God for strength and comfort in your suffering.

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will trust God’s control; that you will lean on God for strength; that you will know God’s love for you; and that God will give you strength through the suffering. 

Job 2:10 Accept Everything From God

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He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said. Job 2:10 

When things are going good, people are happy. They are satisfied and ready to keep on going. However, when trouble comes, many people crash into depression and anger. Often they question why something bad is happening. They want to know why things are no longer going well.

At this point judgement starts to occur. They blame themselves, others or God for what is going wrong. Bitterness sets in and their life takes a downward spiral.

Shortly after loosing all of his livestock, servants and children–his material wealth–Job came down with sores covering his entire body. He would sit in ashes, scraping his skin, trying to find relief. His wife told him to give up on God, to curse God and die. She thought suicide would be the way out of all the suffering Job was going through.

Immediately Job told her that she was being foolish. He said that just as they accept good from God, they should also accept trouble from Him.

Accepting trouble in one’s life is very difficult, because it is painful and difficult. Often it does not make any sense. A person can be doing everything right, yet everything is going wrong.

However, God works all things out for the good of those who love Him and trust Him. God allows bad things in the lives of His people for a reason. It can be to build the person up, encourage others and build others up, or for them to be a witness to others.

Jesus did everything perfectly, never sinning, yet He had the greatest trouble put on any man of all time–the sins of every person, but it was for a purpose. It benefited Him and all mankind.

As you are going through a struggle, and you will, if you are not going through one right now, trust God in it. Give Him all the praise for who He is. Praise Him for knowing what is best for you. Praise Him for how He is going to bring you through that trouble. Praise Him for how He is going to use that trouble for your benefit.

Don’t fight against trouble and fall into depression or bitterness. Allow God to use it and change you. In the end you will have eternal life with no more troubles.

I pray today that you will know God’s faithfulness to you; that you will know God’s love for you; that you will trust God’s choices for you; and that you will praise God in every circumstance.

Ezra 8:21 Seeking God’s Protection

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There, by the Ahava Canal, I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before God and ask him for a safe journey for us and our children, with all our possessions. Ezra 8:21 

Traveling a long distance can be stressful for some people. There is a lot that can occur on the trip. This becomes especially true when there are many different roads to turn on, or flight changes, or bus changes, depending on how one travels.

Fear of missing a transfer or a turn can rise up in a person. Along with those fears, one can fear a breakdown of the vehicle, or danger of other drivers. If one is traveling through an area that is also dangerous, it can raise fears or concerns.

People want to be safe and know that they can make the trip safely with no problems. They seek out the best routes to travel to be safe. They find the best methods to travel.

Ezra was traveling back to Jerusalem with a large number of people to settle there. On the road back to Jerusalem, there could be some problems, so he and the people fasted, humbling themselves, and put themselves into God’s hand for protection. They trusted God’s protection, rather than seek the king’s protection.

While people do go physically traveling a lot, there is one trip that every person is making–life. Traveling through life can reveal a lot of dangers, especially for the believer. The world does not want the believer to be successful in traveling through this life into eternity.

There are the normal dangers of injury, setbacks, breakdowns, and sickness, but with the believer there can also be dangers of persecution and ridicule. The believer must be ready for anything.

The best way to be ready for the trip through this life is trusting in God. Allowing God to provide the needed protection as needed and when needed.

You are not in a position that you can make the trip without any problems along the way. You cannot provide all the needed protection, only God can do that.

Instead of trusting people and the things of this world to get you through this journey of life, humble yourself and put your trust in God. Only God can protect you, your family and your things through this life into eternity.

Know that God will bring you safe to the other side, if you trust Him.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust God’s protection in your life; that you will travel the path God has for you in this life; and that you will see God’s hand of protection daily. 

2 Chronicles 16:8 When You Rely On God

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Were not the Cushites and Libyans a mighty army with great numbers of chariots and horsemen? Yet when you relied on the LORD, he delivered them into your hand. 2 Chronicles 16:8 

Relying on someone or something is something that people do all the time. They rely upon their car to get them to work. They rely on their boss to give the paycheck on time.

It is trusting in someone or something to meet a need. People put their trust in many things for many different reasons. Most of the reliance is not really thought about, but is just common everyday trust. Other times it is very specific for a special situation.

Asa had chosen to  get help from the king of Aram to fight against Israel. He had not chosen to seek God’s help in the situation. Immediately upon winning the battle, a seer came and pointed out that he had done wrong. Asa had chosen to trust in another king and his army, rather than relying upon God. He reminded Asa that whenever he relied upon God, God had come through for him.

Every believer can think of times when he cried out to God for help and God came through for him, providing what was needed at the right time. However, many believers don’t always keep crying out to God for new needs. They quickly forget what God had done and no longer rely upon Him.

Suddenly believers will turn to their own ways or the ways of the world to solve their problem. They begin to rely upon self and others, rather than putting their trust in God, forgetting how God has been faithful.

Remembering how God has been faithful will help a believer to continue to rely upon God for his every need. There is nothing too big or too small for God to deal with.

Think back on your life and remember how many times God has answered a prayer of yours. Now stand on that and keep relying upon God to meet whatever situation you are in and need help with now.

God has delivered you from situations in the past, and He will continue to do so. Do not allow yourself to turn to the world for help or to take on the situation yourself. Only trust and rely upon God. God will never fail you or do it wrong. Stay committed to God.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will remember how God has helped you in the past; that you will rely on God to meet all of your needs; and that you will know God’s faithfulness to you.

2 Kings 6:17 Open Eyes To Really See

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And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, LORD, so that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 2 Kings 6:17

There is a difference between seeing and really seeing. People see with their eyes all the time what is physically happening in front or around them. Yet, they do not see what is happening underneath the surface of things. They do not see the mental or spiritual battles that are occurring.

On the surface a person may be looking like he is doing one thing, but underneath the surface, at the real heart, the actions are something totally different. Organizations in this world claim to love people and are doing good for women, yet are committing murders all the time against people. There is a different spirit at work.

The Arameans were surrounding Elisha and his servant to kill them. The servant was scared, because they appeared to be surrounded by the enemy and all alone. Elisha prayed that God would open his eyes to see the real picture of what was occurring. When his eyes were opened, he saw the hillsides filled with chariots of fire. God had His spiritual army fighting for Elisha against the enemy.

Individual believers often feel like they are all alone, no other believers or help anywhere. Yet, God is with them. Along with God is all of His great host of angels to help. God alone with someone is more than all the rest of the world without God. Then add in the number of angels with God and the number with the believer is astronomical.

A believer does not need to ever fear the enemy when God is on his side. Yet, in order to see that, the believer must have spiritually opened eyes to see what God is doing.

God is also in control of your life. If you open your spiritual eyes you will be able to see God at work in every area of your life. Life may look like you are on the losing side and are about to be destroyed, yet, God is with you.

Allow God’s Holy Spirit to open your spiritual eyes to reveal who is with you and how small the enemy really is in comparison to God and His host with Him. Know that God has everything under control and there is nothing to fear.

I pray today that God will open your spiritual eyes; that you will see God’s hand at work in your life; that God will remove all fear of the enemy; and that God will use you to touch this world. 

2 Kings 5:11 Mad At God’s Methods

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But Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy.” 2 Kings 5:11 

Every person has an idea on how something should be done. The method that they think that something should be done is based off of past experience, what they have seen in the past, or preconceived ideas as to how it should happen.

Having these ideas are not necessarily good or bad ideas, but may not always be the best idea on how things should occur. Often the person does not have the bigger, longer term picture in mind.

Naaman was the head commander of the army for the king of Aram. He had developed leprosy and sought to be cured. He had went to Elisha to be cured by God. Elisha told him to go and dip seven times in the muddy waters of the Jordan River. Naaman was very angry. He wanted Elisha to call on God and do some miraculous sudden healing. Elisha was just doing what God had showed him to do.

It is very common for believers to have a preconceived idea on how God should do something or have them do something. When God does it differently or points them in a different direction, many get upset. They cannot understand how God would do it the way He did.

God has His own reasons for choosing the path that He does for each believer. He sees the grand picture from beginning to end and knows what is best for each individual and the group as a whole. He is able to do great things through very simple methods or very complex and grand methods. Either way the work is done.

There will be times God will work in your life in ways that are not ‘normal’. Do not be alarmed, but know that God is doing what is best in your life. God is bigger than you or anyone in this world. He knows what is best.

Be willing to step forward in the method God has set before you, trusting His Holy Spirit’s guidance in your life. Do not allow yourself to get angry or disappointed because God did not do it your way. It is not about you, but God, and God is about taking care of you in the best way.

Today I pray that you will accept God’s path for your life; that you will trust God’s methods in your life; that you will walk the path God has for you; and that God will do great things in and through you.