Brother Job was loved by God for His perseverance in the worship and love of the most High
Then one day the devil came before God, always JEALOUS of all that is good, he sneers…”would Job worship you for naught?”
God removes the ‘security hedge’ and allows that evil one to afflict Brother Job!
Oppression galore, wickedness unleashed, he moaned and groaned but never cursed God.
What would you do?
Modern day Job experiences, encounter that defy human logic, gross misfortune and loss, pain disease and mysterious catastrophes still befall man today .
People who are faced daily with unbearable hardship, lack, sickness, sadness, frequent failure, unhappiness, poverty, disease even regular death experiences in the family!
People who see their children and loved ones die horribly or in severe pain, are helpless to do anything about it for various reasons
3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.
5 So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea,……. 7 Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.”
12 Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.
16 THEN HEROD, WHEN HE SAW THAT HE WAS DECEIVED Y THE WISE MEN, WAS EXCEEDINGLY ANGRY; AND HE SENT FORTH AND PUT TO DEATH ALL MALE CHILDREN WHO WERE IN Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men.
What would you do?
Situations, mind-set, traditions and cultural beliefs that overwhelm AND ROBS MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN off their very souls and individuality by decrees, laws and constitution, no way out and ‘citizens’ know not what to do or how not to be a certain way or even when they do have awareness, they have no idea of how to personally fight for and demand what is right, implement such and make a change to live more humane and fulfilled lives.
There are people who do not know daily, where their next meal or their main meal of the day for that matter will come from!
There are those who have to dig daily, miles into hard ground to get water to drink.
There are those who are suffering from muddy, flooded, murky watery mosquito infested graves which they call home because they have no choice, children who have to walk miles without shoes to protect their fragile feet.
Human beings like you and me who sleep out in the cold nights; they improvise old cartons and use these as blankets because they have no home, nor warm bed nor central heating to give them warmth
If it were you, would you still praise the Lord and lift Holy hands?
Would you still worship and love the Lord your God if you, your mother, wife, sister or daughter was raped or viciously abused?
In some cases, a child of rape is born if it is not viciously and angrily aborted because of recurring painful memories, anger and feelings of filth
What would you do?
Would you still praise Him without question if you fell ill and was diagnosed with cancer, HIV or some terrible incurable terminal disease?
Otherwise, would you ask—‘Jesus, who really sinned´ or would you just ` curse God and die?’
How do you respond to those who are suffering, in pain and in need of encouragement and comfort in your environment?
The beginning of the word of the LORD by Hosea. And the LORD said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the LORD……… Hosea 1:2
What would you do?
1 Kings 17
7 And it happened after a while that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.
Elijah and the Widow
8 Then the word of the LORD came to him, saying, 9 “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.” 10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, indeed a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, “Please bring me a little water in a cup, that I may drink.” 11 And as she was going to get it, he called to her and said, “Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.”
12 So she said, “As the LORD your God lives, I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.”
13 And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son.
WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
14 For thus says the LORD God of Israel: ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the LORD sends rain on the earth.’”
15 So she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and he and her household ate for many days. 16 The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the LORD which He spoke by Elijah.
It is quite easy to raise up Holy hands and sing sweet melodious songs of praise and adoration when ALL IS WELL and the going is very good.
It is easy to dance and gyrate to music like from on high such that the very heavens would open and you can simply step in and bow before the Almighty Himself seated on that huge throne, singing `----LIFT HIM UP HIGHER, MY LORD IS GOOD I WILL LIFT HIM UP HIGHER, EVERYWHERE I GO I WILL LIFT HIM UP HIGHER´!
Yes indeed it is so very easy;
When all of life’s comforts are at your beck and call, then can you shout, sing and even dance like David danced!
When your bank account is very fat and your home is peaceful
When your children score good grades in school and are so well behaved and responsible, always making good choices even outside the home
When in good health it is easy to praise His name, it really is easy to praise the Lord.
How do you make a change in someone else’s life? Do you reel in your sorrow and shut out evry other person, those who are in even more extreme painful suffering as you could ever imagine!
Do you sit in your comfort zone, tuck your head in a hole in the ground like the proverbial Ostrich and pretend others outside your caucus do not exist and will gradually fade away with all their songs of sorrow, dirt and filth, pain and assumed persecution…… what do you do?
What would you do?
1 Chronicles 4
9 Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez,[a] saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” 10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.
WHEN TRIALS COME YOUR WAY, YES THEY ARE BUT TRIALS OF YOUR FAITH, REMEMBER TO HAND THE HEAVY BURDEN OVER TO JESUS IN EXCHANGE FOR HIS LIGHT YOLK AND EASY BURDEN!