January 5, 2019

Faith in God - Bro. T. Stephen

My dear Brothers   and sisters   in Christ,   I greet and bless everyone in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  The blessed word that God has given you for today is from the book   of   Job 13:15, “Though He   slay  me yet will I trust Him.  Even so,  before Him. I will defend my own ways, before Him”.

Job  was a wealthy man.  He lived   in   the land   of   Uz.   He was blameless,   and   upright   and one who feared God and shunned evil. Being a wealthy man he lived with his large family and extensive flocks. Job had seven sons and three daughters.  He retained his piety throughout his lifetime. God boasts about Job’s goodness.  But satan argues that Job was good because God had blessed him abundantly. The   book   of   Job relates the sufferings of Job over a period of time.  God   Himself   allowed satan  to   test Job. God   set out to prove to satan that Job is  righteous  just because he is being blessed.  God allowed satan to have power over Job,   but not to lay his finger  on the man.  Therefore   Job   lost everything, his sheep, oxen camels,  his servants, and all his sons and daughters.  But   remarkably   he did not lose his faith in God.  So we see how Job lost everything. Having Lost everything   Job arose, tore his robe and shaved his head and he fell to the ground and worshiped God and said, “ Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there.   The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord”.

In  all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong. Even Job’s friends doubted him and started to blame him for his own   troubles. They thought he must have sinned to suffer such trials. Like the refiners fire God often uses sufferings that we might depend upon him totally.  It may   be that he is trying to get our attention through the sufferings. Even when his wife rebuked him saying,

  “Are you still maintaining your integrity?  Curse God and die. Job replied to her,”’ You are talking like a foolish woman . Shall we expect good from  God  and not trouble.” Since Job was righteous   and   blameless  God blessed the latter part of Job life more than the beginning. Though his friends despised him he prayed for them and therefore the Lord restored Job’s losses. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. My dear brothers and sisters If you too will endure sufferings like Job patiently God will honor you and give you double portion of blessing.

God bless you.


Our  loving  Heavenly Father,  we thank you for this blessed day.   Lord   teach us to be faithful like Job and not to sin against you. Help us to bear the sufferings patiently in our life.  Lord   give us the desire to stand firm for You and your glory that we too might  inherit a double portion of blessing.  In Jesus name we pray.


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