Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Who is to Blame?

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 I like to post about my devotions, it keeps accountable.  This morning I was reading in the first chapter of Job.  Where servant after servant comes up to Job telling him one horrible thing after another, all involving either Job's possessions or family.  The news was that they were all gone.  Imagine everything everything you own plus everyone you love is gone...

Job falls to his knees when he hears these words and praises God.  What?! How could you do that?

Job 1:20-22

 20 Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground to worship. 21 He said,
   “I came naked from my mother’s womb,
      and I will be naked when I leave.
   The Lord gave me what I had,
      and the Lord has taken it away.
   Praise the name of the Lord!”
 22 In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God.

In all of this Job did not sin by blaming God.  Sometimes it's hard not to blame God, I am so guilty of that sin.  But my sister reminded me, as we were talking about her baby who is due soon, that this baby is God's and He has complete control over what will happen.  That's a brave statement for a mother to make knowing full well that that could mean anything.  God has complete control over our lives, whether we like it or not,  And He has a plan and a purpose for everything!  I think that is the wisdom that Job had, he knew that God is sovereign and has a plan...and that's why he could praise God when everything had been taken.

(I used a picture of a river because rivers cut through land and make a permanent presence like God does in our lives)


  1. Great post sister!! This is obviously something I have struggled with and I think it ties in so closely to control. We have to trust that God is in control and knows whats best for us, something often very hard to do! Thanks for sharing :)

    Happy to see you this weekend! Not sure what your plans are Friday night but I am having girls over to watch New Moon... Candace is making martinis! I wasn't sure if Chris was coming or not but if he isn't you should definitely stop by... Ben will be out of town. We will be starting around 6ish and will have appetizers and desserts! I love you!

  2. Oh to have Job's devotion to God! Thank you for posting this!

  3. Job's story has meant so much to me..I wish I was more like him. Thank you for sharing this. ..Actually, I think it would be really good for me to read through his story again. Thanks! :)

  4. That was great! It is very hard to just let go sometimes and not blame GOD when he takes things away. We try so hard to put GOD into our little boxes...but the truth is we'll never completely "get" how he works...why he does what he does. I hope I learn to be more like Job...I have a lot of work to do. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Wonderful insight! Thanks for sharing it.

  6. so true! i need to trust in the Lord like Job did. he was a remarkable man of faith. there's so much comfort to be found in the Lord's sovereignty.

  7. What a great idea to post about devos b/c it helps keep you accountable. - Job is always such a convicting story. I always feel so small and feeble compared to his unwavering faith! Hope you've had a good week so far...I'm making the rounds after being away from blogland for a couple of days. Enjoyed stopping by (as always)! Talk with you later...

  8. Just what I needed to hear to day! Nice touch with the picture :-)

  9. Great post! I love reading Job, but I sometimes wonder if I would have responded with such faith as he did.
    I'm glad I found your blog. I can't wait to see what movies you've mentioned. I love old movies.