Archive | January 2016

Job 6- When it hurts so bad….

Good evening y’all. Today we are studying Job chapter 6.

Be blessed 🙂
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Job did a lot of complaining in this chapter. He complained about his pain, complained about God and about his friends. At this point, he is hurting so bad that he asks God to take his life. He felt he had nothing else to live for. All of his strength was gone and he just wanted some form of relief from the pain and suffering.

His friends that should have been consoling him, are the ones even adding more to his pain. They are accsuing him of having done something wrong hence why God was punishing him. But we know this is not the case and even if he had sinned, this was not the time for them to be saying i told you so…it was time for them to encourage him and help look for ways to make his pain bearable.

Matthew Henry Conscice commentary on Job 6: 14- 30 says :

In his prosperity Job formed great expectations from his friends, but now was disappointed. This he compares to the failing of brooks in summer. Those who rest their expectations on the creature, will find it fail when it should help them; whereas those who make God their confidence, have help in the time of need, Hebrews 4:16. Those who make gold their hope, sooner or later will be ashamed of it, and of their confidence in it. It is our wisdom to cease from man. Let us put all our confidence in the Rock of ages, not in broken reeds; in the Fountain of life, not in broken cisterns. The application is very close; “for now ye are nothing.” It were well for us, if we had always such convictions of the vanity of the creature, as we have had, or shall have, on a sick-bed, a death-bed, or in trouble of conscience. Job upbraids his friends with their hard usage. Though in want, he desired no more from them than a good look and a good word. It often happens that, even when we expect little from man, we have less; but from God, even when we expect much, we have more. Though Job differed from them, yet he was ready to yield as soon as it was made to appear that he was in error. Though Job had been in fault, yet they ought not to have given him such hard usage. His righteousness he holds fast, and will not let it go. He felt that there had not been such iniquity in him as they supposed. But it is best to commit our characters to Him who keeps our souls; in the great day every upright believer shall have praise of God”. (http://www.christnotes.org/commentary.php?com=mhc&b=18&c=6)

I pray for as many that are going through one trial or the other, that the God of comfort will comfort and encourage you. That His grace will be sufficient for you and His love will overwhelm you. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Thanks for joining today. Pls feel free to share your thoughts on the chapter.

Stay blessed
Jumbug …XXXX

***With God all things are possible***

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Job 3 – When you hit rock bottom

Good evening y’all. Today we are studying Job chapter 3.

Be blessed 🙂

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In todays chapter, it seems Job finally hit rock bottom. He had what i would describe as an emotional melt down. His physical side kicked in. He was starting to feel the pain and the reality of his situation was beginning to dawn on him. Rather than curse God, he decided to curse the day he was born. He sincerly wished he wasnt born and just wanted a way out. In short brother Job was suicidal!!! Yes its the bible and yes! our brother Job who told us in chapter 2 that how can we expect good from God and not expect any evil was feeling suicidal.

I’m sure there are a few of us that can relate to Jobs lamentation here. I have found myself in situations where i have hit rock bottom and really thought there was no way out. But God in His mercy and grace always shows up just before its too late. He has never left me stranded 🙂

For as many that may be going through one challenge or the other, remember God’s promise to never leave us nor forsake us. He is always present to help us. Even though in the trial, it might seem as if He has forsaken us but the truth is, He can and will never leave us alone. Keep trusting and believing Him. Hold on to the promises He has given you.

I will leave us with a few of my favorites scriptures that have helped me through rough times.

But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you. O Israel, the one who formed you says, “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I gave Egypt as a ransom for your freedom; I gave Ethiopia and Seba in your place.
Others were given in exchange for you. I traded their lives for yours because you are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you”. (Isa 43: 1-4 NLT)

“I love you, Lord;
    you are my strength.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior;
    my God is my rock, in whom I find protection.
He is my shield, the power that saves me,
    and my place of safety.
I called on the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
    and he saved me from my enemies.
The ropes of death entangled me;
    floods of destruction swept over me.
The grave[a] wrapped its ropes around me;
    death laid a trap in my path.
But in my distress I cried out to the Lord;
    yes, I prayed to my God for help.
He heard me from his sanctuary;
    my cry to him reached his ears”. (Psa 18: 1- 6 NLT)

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
    Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
    I will hold you up with my victorious right hand”. (Isa 41:10 NLT)

“For I hold you by your right hand—
    I, the Lord your God.
And I say to you,
    ‘Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.
Though you are a lowly worm, O Jacob,
    don’t be afraid, people of Israel, for I will help you.
I am the Lord, your Redeemer.
    I am the Holy One of Israel.” (Isa 41: 13 – 14 NLT)

“God is our refuge and strength,
    always ready to help in times of trouble.
So we will not fear when earthquakes come
    and the mountains crumble into the sea”. (Psa 46: 1-2 NLT)

“So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” (Deut 31: 6 NLT)

“Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child?
    Can she feel no love for the child she has borne?
But even if that were possible,
    I would not forget you!
See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands”.(Isa 49: 15-16 NLT)

“And we know that God causes everything to work together[m] for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them”.(Rom 8: 28 NLT)

I pray God will give us the grace to trust Him continually even as we go through the trails of life. I pray we will feel His presence near at all times and will hear His voice clearly speaking to us. I pray His Spirit will encourage and comfort as many that are going through one trial or the other right now In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Thank you for joining today . Pls feel free to share your thoughts on the chapter.

Have a blessed evening
Jumbug …XXX

***With God all things are possible***