We always love spending time with our GRANDbabies!
We always love spending time with our GRANDbabies!
If we were a Bible character; our life, men had read.
From the pages of Scripture, just what would be said?
If God were writing our profile today,
To record in His Word; just what would it say?
“There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.” Job 1:1
What wonderful words to be said of a man…indeed, Job had a good name with God! We don’t have to read very far to see this same man suffer probably the greatest losses (at least in the short amount of time) among men. To some, the thought of this very Godly man experiencing such extreme trials could be quite discouraging. Why Job? He LOVED God. He FEARED God. He SHUNNED evil. Why him?
The more we read God’s Word, the more we will realize how often the Lord allows some of His choicest servants to go through the darkest of valleys. Think of Joseph, of Daniel, of Jeremiah…just to name a few. Throughout this book, we see Job’s TRUST in God…but also his humanness even to the point of wishing he had never been born. (Aren’t we so thankful that God does not give us EVERY thing for which we ask?)
The story of Job is a perfect reminder that trials come to all. And, as strange as it may seem, the Bible tells us that not only should we expect trials but we should welcome them!
“Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:” I Peter 1:6,7
As we see in Job 42, in every trial God may allow in our life, there will be a first chapter as well as a last chapter. Yes, the last chapter…the morning…does eventually come once again! But, during those middle chapters of our trial, may we, by God’s grace, be able to say with Job,
“Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him…” Job 13:15
~ Rachel ~
Jesus never leaves someone the same way He finds them. There is a change!
“…Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.” John 11:44
“Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”
O to be like Thee! blessèd Redeemer, This is my constant longing and prayer; Gladly I’ll forfeit all of earth’s treasures, Jesus, Thy perfect likeness to wear.
Refrain: O to be like Thee! O to be like Thee, Blessèd Redeemer, pure as Thou art; Come in Thy sweetness, come in Thy fullness; Stamp Thine own image deep on my heart.
O to be like Thee! full of compassion, Loving, forgiving, tender and kind, Helping the helpless, cheering the fainting, Seeking the wandering sinner to find.
O to be like Thee! lowly in spirit, Holy and harmless, patient and brave; Meekly enduring cruel reproaches, Willing to suffer others to save.
O to be like Thee! Lord, I am coming Now to receive anointing divine; All that I am and have I am bringing, Lord, from this moment all shall be Thine.
O to be like Thee! while I am pleading, Pour out Thy Spirit, fill with Thy love; Make me a temple meet for Thy dwelling, Fit me for life and Heaven above.
(words by Thomas O. Chisholm)
~ Rachel ~
“Revival is not when the top blows off but rather when the bottom falls out.” Leonard Ravenhill
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” II Chronicles 7:14
“Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.”
We see, in this verse, that the root of all contention, arguments, disagreements, conflicts, controversies, strife, etc. is PRIDE. If we take the time to think, why do we argue? We will soon come to the conclusion that so often it is because we are right, and until everyone else recognizes this… we will continue to quarrel. That is pride. None of us like to acknowledge that we could ever be wrong. To admit, “I was wrong”, requires the painful process of swallowing our pride. But, I must tell you it is not at all as painful as what pride can and will do to you. Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” If we find that we are often in the center of arguments, disagreements, strife, etc., we must accept the fact that we have a problem with pride and then, with God’s help, go on to fix it. The next time we are about to start an argument or get involved in one, let’s first consider this: Proverbs 29:23, “A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.”
~ Bethany ~
“And king Rehoboam took counsel with the old men that had stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, saying, What counsel give ye me to return answer to this people?” II Chronicles 10:6
“But he forsook the counsel which the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men that were brought up with him, that stood before him.” II Chronicles 10:8
“…and king Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the old men, And answered them after the advice of the young men,…” II Chronicles 10:13,14
The story of King Rehoboam forsaking the counsel of the older men and heeding the fleshly counsel of inexperience from the younger men resulted in the revolt of ten tribes. (I would hate to have been one of those younger men whose ungodly counsel led to such a disastrous outcome!) When I read this passage, I often wonder how things could have been very different if the king had taken heed to the older men. I think of how the younger men could have made that difference if they had only pointed King Rehoboam back to the wisdom of the aged.
When given the opportunity to influence/counsel teenagers and young adults, we need to first consider the time when our own children or even grandchildren may be seeking counsel. As we ask ourselves, “If this were my son or daughter, what counsel would I be praying that they receive?”…we, in turn, should carefully and prayerfully do likewise. “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” Matthew 7:12 I don’t know of a parent that would not want their advice-seeking son or daughter pointed back to them. Never say never. We would all like to think that our children will always heed our counsel, but in this day where so many young peoples’ hearts are being turned from their parents, that may not be the case. When our children or grandchildren are young, or even if we do not have children, we may not be able to look that far ahead to when they are grown, but the time will come sooner than we think. And, when it does, I am sure we will be very grateful if we have, in wisdom and spiritual maturity, planted seeds of respect toward the parents of young people who may have sought our counsel. “…for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Galatians 6:7 On the other hand, I am quite sure we will forever regret sowing seeds of disrespect and usurping the authority of parents whose children have sought our advice by neglecting to point them back to their own God-given authority.
“And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers…” Malachi 4:6
~ Rachel ~