July 24, 2014

Today you should read: Job 40

Have you ever wanted to question God?  Job did.  He was a righteous, God-fearing man – but the trial that God allowed to come into His life drove Him to question the things that He believed the most and held most dear.  If you’ve never been there – you may not understand – but for those of us who have – we get it.

  1. We question God when we feel cheated

…when it feels like something was taken away from us or we were treated unjustly.  Job felt like that.  He didn’t understand why God would do/allow this to happen.  He didn’t have the advantage we have of knowing all the facts.  That’s how it is in our trial – God knows all the facts – and if we knew what He knew we’d agree with the action.

  1. We question God when we feel helpless

Life is all about control – and we don’t like it when we lose control.  Most of us are fixers – but sometimes God allows us to get in situations that we just can’t fix.  Then we often question Him.

  1. We question God when we feel overwhelmed with a trial

For each of us it’s different – what is trial for one is an adventure for others.  God knows exactly what trial will accomplish the most good in our lives.  Trials hurt – but they are designed to push us to the limit and develop our perseverance.

We ask God…

  • Why did you allow this?
  • When will it end?
  • How will I get through it?

Job experienced all of these and finally at His wits ends He asks God why.  Even in his questioning, he remembers his position before the Lord (v.4-5).   God responds by challenging Job… (v.6-24)

God is always the perfect parent.  He loves us more than we could ever imagine and He always works for our good.  We can trust Him – and our lives are exceedingly better when we do.  Questioning God is OK too – as long as we remember who He is and who we are.

Posted by: Tim Parsons

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

4 thoughts on “July 24, 2014”

  1. Thank you Tim for being a faithful man of God. I needed this today. It seems sometimes I have a bullseye on my back with a sign saying give me the trials I will take them. One thing I learned in the last 6 months is that as a parent my children’s trials are often my trials and I am learning with the grace of God to work through these trials along side my family but not for them. I beieve in what God is doing in the Conley family and I hear Him very clear and we will press on and put Christ in the throne seat of our hearts. These trials hurt and sometimes bring heart damage the last for a long time. But just like our physical heart when we start to have heart problems we must change our diet and add exercise. The same is true for our spiritual heart when damaged we must change what we are taking in (diet) and add movement (exercise) in our walk with Christ. I hope this helps someone today to know you are not alone. God hears your cries but do you hear His? Have a wonderful day CPC!

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