The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore.
In the Old Testament, there is a man named Job. A man that was upright and blameless. Loyal to the Lord. Job was very wealthy, he had a large family, flocks, land, a wife, many helpers, and he worshipped God continually.
In the “Book of Job”, the author, who is unknown, tells about how God brags to Satan about the goodness of Job and how Job will never fall from his faith. God is said to have allowed Satan to torment Job in every way, but not to take his life.
God is sure that Job will not turn against him.
During the “Book of Job”, Job it is explained that Job lives in the land of Uz. Satan claims that Job is only loyal to God because he has been blessed with much wealth and riches. Thus, the challenge begins.
In one day, Satan has taken his flocks, his 10 children and his servants, the blame is placed on intruders and natural disasters. Job is then covered in sores across his body and in much pain. Job’s wife begs him to denounce God. Job refuses. Job’s three friends, after being with him for seven days, share their reflection with Job. All are against God and believe that God has done this to Job directly as a punishment.
Job curses the day he was born. He is angry with his friends for their thoughts and beliefs on the matters. Job defends God. After days, Job becomes angry, anxious and bitter and wants to face God himself to ask why these things are happening to him. Job’s assumption is that he is not worthy as a human to receive the wisdom of God. Despite this, Job perseveres against evil and continues to fear God.
Eventually intervening in matters, God commands Job to be brave and explains to Job what has happened. God restores Job’s health, grants Job a very long life, filled with more children and double the land. During all these hardships, Job remained faithful to God and turned away from his friends who were against God.
This is the short story of theology so to speak of Job, from the First Testament in the Bible.
How could God let this happen? We often ask these questions so many times when things go wrong. Do we ever stop to ask these questions when things go right? How faithful and obedient are we really to God?
I see so many today blaming our government, God, other countries, and even each other for what is happening amongst the world. Whether you believe in the story of Job, whether you believe in God, whether you believe in the Bible, you do see and feel these horrific things happening, don’t you?
Now the God of hope fills you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
You see people dying from COVD-19, viruses, the flu, starvation, murders, suicides, suffering from depression, mental illness, affected by chronic illnesses, and cancer. Yet we have those who believe in the Earth being flat, with no solid proof. We have alien believers, again with no solid proof. We have those who believe in UFO’s, with no solid proof.
Then we have the Bible, the oldest book in the world. The biggest selling book in the world, yet so many do not believe in God, Jesus, or any of these stories. They believe we are being brainwashed.
Quite a ration of tales in the Old and New Testament I would say, huh?
What about those that can testify to God’s healing? What about those who have received unexplainable cures? What about all the miracles? Are they coincidences or flukes?
No matter what or who you believe in or blame, know this, it is written for you. It is proven for you. You do not have to accept it, you do not have to follow it, but if you are not going to do either, please do not question every bit of it and do not question believers of Christ.
I am a believer, not because I have read the bible, tried to understand it (because it is difficult, it speaks in parables). I am a believer because I have faith. I am a believer because I can speak to the miracles that God has created in my life. I have seen firsthand how a child can be abused and neglected yet become resilient. I have seen firsthand how a family that needs help and has no one to turn to, can suddenly have everything they need to appear with the help of a stranger. That to me is God working. HIS words say that HE will never forsake us.
No, life is not always fair. Yes, it is human nature to ask why. We are all born sinners. We live in a world of sin. We are born of free will. What you choose to believe in is of your own free will.
What I write today about Job, is just the shortest version. There are so many stories in the Bible that explain much more of God’s healing and Jesus’ healing.
There is so much more you can learn from scholars. You do not even have to sit down and read the Bible; you can listen to it. You do not even have to listen to the Bible, you can speak or read about people’s testimonies. There are millions out there.
I have many testimonies that are written throughout this blog.
I ask this of you, no matter what you are going through, no matter what you believe in, just give God a chance. Say a prayer, talk to HIM as your friend. Listen to parts of the Bible, reach out to a Christian friend and ask questions. Do research on your own.
What else do you have to lose in this world? We are already in chaos. We WILL learn many lessons while enduring what we are going through at this time. We will see many changes in the world. Be the change that is kind, be the change that is forgiving, be the change that is loving, be the change that is helpful, be the change that seeks God!
I end this with one of my favorite Bible verses
But the end of all things is at hand be ye therefore sober and watch unto prayer. And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. Use hospitality one to another without grudging. As every man hath received the gift, even so, minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If any man speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
(1 Peter 4:7-11 KJV)
As always, thank you for reading. Please share or feel free to comment. Share your testimonies. This post is not meant to be controversial. Remember we ALL have free will to believe.