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You Give & Take Away

Posted by Emily Bedwell on

“I know that you can do all things;
    no purpose of yours can be thwarted.

You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’
    Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
    things too wonderful for me to know.

     Job 42:2-3

Job's story is coming to an end. He has lost everything, yet remained faithful. He has questioned God and listened to God's rebuke. He has evaluated his life and found his faith in God unwavering. As the final chapter unfolds, God restores Job's fortune, family and life. He is honored and respected as a man who follows after God.

On Sunday, Tom said something profound about remember that Job never forgot his former life, his first children, the life he had before. Those sorrows and struggles were not erased, and they could have still destroyed Job. Instead, he took the dark parts of his story with the light parts and chose to believe in a good, gracious God who is there in the sorrow and the joy.

In life, you will experience and abundance of both. How you respond is what matters .You can respond with faith like Job or with the finger-pointing of his friends. Choose to have faith and trust that God is never far from you.

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