July 11, 2014

Today you should read: Job 29

For most of us, if we are honest, we equate God being with us with blessing. In part, this is true, but what we often infer from this line of reasoning is that the opposite is true as well. We tend to believe that the absence of blessing and ease of life means the absence of God. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Job, in today’s passage, is reminiscing of how times used to be when, as Job says, “The almighty was still with me”. This would seem to mean that Job believes that God had left Him. Not in the since of leaving his presence because he and we all know that God is everywhere but rather Job sees it as a friend deserting Him in His time of need. What we can know and cling to today comes from Psalm 34:18:

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed”

What Job missed was that, even when bad times come, God is always a friend who is there ready to comfort and hold us. God never promises to take away the pain or calm the storm but He does promise to always be there with us. So many times we believe God’s “being there for us” in our trials means He just blows them up and takes them away or maybe He takes us away from them. There is a great song I am reminded of that illustrates that point. Take a few minutes today and listen to it and remember Jesus’ promise in Matthew 28:20:

“I am with you always, even to the end of the age”

Posted by:Robbie Byrd

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

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