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BEING WITH THE HEAVENLY FATHER -
......DEVOTIONS FOR LAMBS.  No. 229

Getting to know
God together.
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THE OLDEST BOOK OF THE BIBLE.
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Probably the oldest book in the Bible is the book of Job, no, not “job” like doing work, but Joe-b. It is the history of a man who loved God and obeyed him, but who had suffering come into his life. Well, you might say, I thought God always allows only good things into the lives of those who love Him. No, God does everything for our own good, and sometimes suffering has to come into our lives. I will tell you more about that in a minute. Job’s book shows us lots about God’s love and His working in human lives. You can find the book of Job just before the book of Psalms, which is about in the middle of the Bible.

Job was a believer who had ten kids and lots of property, cattle and goods. Satan said that if God took away Job’s wealth and blessings, then Job wouldn’t love and serve God any more. Satan said that Job only served God because of what he could get out of Him! There are some church people who do that today, they only want what God can give them. Because God trusted in Job’s love and obedience, and because God wanted to show Satan what a liar he was, He allowed Job to have his precious things taken away. Even Job’s health was taken away. Even his family was taken away. He had all his wealth removed - and there he sat in the dust, with all his hair shaved off to show how sad he was! Oh dear, would he turn against the Lord now? What a test it was. How would you go in such a test?

Job said one of the most wonderful things when all his blessings were gone, he said: “Though he slay ( God kills ) me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him ( I will keep on serving Him ).” (Job 13:15).

And he said this wonderful thing too:
“And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” ( Job 1:21).

The book of Job tells us all about the people who picked at Job and said he was sinful because he had lost everything. And about even his poor wife saying all was lost, nothing would come right ever again. But Job knew God, he knew how greatly the Lord loves and cares for His obedient people. So he trusted Him and waited and waited. Yes, he had times when he moaned and whined, but he pulled himself together and had faith in His God. He was saying that even if God let him die, he would still be able to trust Him and would never turn against the Lord. He said “after all, I came into this world just a baby without anything not even clothes. And if God wants to take away my blessings, then it is up to HIM, not me.” And he keep on praising God and blessing His Name. What a trusting man he was, and how pleased God must have been to see that Satan was so wrong about His servant Job. Satan was proved a liar, and hated Job I would guess!

In the end, after quite awhile of testing, God gave back to Job even more than he had in the first place! Read about it in Job 42:12-17. It is a thrilling end to his story.
No matter what, God can bring YOU blessings out of troubles.
 
It is always safe to trust in God, no matter what happens. He knows best. Going through hard times can be very good for believers. Even kids can grow strong in God, in their spirits,  when they trust Him in hard times and troubles:
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee [ my freely given help and care are enough for you ] : for my strength is made perfect in weakness [ when you are weak, God can make you strong in Him ]....” ( II Corinthians 12:9).

To be ready for any suffering in the world, we need to know God’s promises in His Word really well. So learn them, lambs of God, now. When dark times come you will have a lamp and a light to go by!
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
( Psalm 119:105).
 

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