'Job' Tagged Posts

'Job' Tagged Posts

WHERE WILL IT ALL END?

In these troubling times, as in many times past, we may find ourselves wondering:  “Where will it all end?”    St. Paul famously said this:  “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, for those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28  EHV). It is doubtful that you and I would believe these words if God Himself had not caused them to be written down in the Bible.  As the years…

“MY SOUL WAITS FOR THE LORD”

We spend our lives waiting for things big and little.  We wait for our first day of school, for our first two-wheeled bike, for our first date, for our first job, for our driver’s license, for our life’s partner, for our first child, for grandchildren and for retirement. The danger, of course, is that we spend our lives so anxious about tomorrow that we lose all appreciation for today.  The ungrudging goodness of God is something to be experienced every…

THE HIDDEN GOD

“Indeed, You are a God who hides Himself,” wrote the prophet Isaiah (45:15). Martin Luther wrote a great deal about this subject of “the hidden God.” Even when it comes to His beloved children, there are some things which God lets us in on, things which He clearly reveals to us in the Bible.  But there are other things over which God draws a curtain. He hides Himself. Moses put it this way:  “The hidden things belong to the Lord…

“WHEN THE DAY OF EVIL COMES”

In the closing lines of his letter to the Ephesian Christians, Paul encourages us to arm ourselves as soldiers do, to put on “the full armor of God.” Elsewhere he gives similar warnings:  “There will be terrible times in the last days,” and again, “The time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine.  Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want…

SIN, DEATH AND THE DEVIL

We hear it in church often enough…and the children in our school hear it plenty – this business about “sin, death and the devil.” The “sin” is easy enough to spot – in our homes, in our hearts, on the playground.  And “death” forces us to admit its power as we carry loved ones to the cemetery. But when we teach the children to pray Luther’s morning and evening prayers – asking “that the wicked foe may have no power…

WHERE THE ROSES BLOOM

Amid the grand inspiration and insight which God gave to the apostle Paul, God gave him something else.  He calls it “a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment” him (2 Corinthians 12:7), much as God allowed Satan to inflict the ancient sufferer Job.   What was this “thorn?”  Was it epilepsy, migraine headaches, severe eye trouble which he seems to hint at in Galatians (4:15 & 6:11), facial disfigurement, malaria, a speech impediment?  The guesses go…

THE ADVANTAGES OF POVERTY?

“Blessed are you who are poor,” said Jesus (Luke 6:30 EHV).  That sounds almost un-American.  What blessing or advantage could there be in poverty – of body – or of spirit? James answers that by posing another question:  “”Listen, my dear brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and to be heirs of the kingdom, which He promised to those who love Him?” (James 2:5 EHV).   Paul said something…

“THOSE WHO HAVE PERSEVERED”

Satan himself was permitted to afflict the ancient sufferer Job in his very body. So it is with the “daughter of Abraham” we meet in the 13th chapter of Luke.  We are not told what God’s purpose was in allowing the poor woman to suffer.  A loving God does not always tell us. What we are told is how long she had suffered.  Jesus refers to her as one “whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years.” Some problems…

“WHEN THE DAY OF EVIL COMES”

In the closing lines of his letter to the Ephesian Christians, Paul encourages us to arm ourselves as soldiers do, to put on “the full armor of God.” Elsewhere he gives similar warnings:  “There will be terrible times in the last days,” and again, “The time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine.  Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want…

COMMON SIN & UNCOMMON GRACE

The trials and temptations which besiege the life of young Joseph do not break the godly young man.  God’s promise given through St. Paul in 1 Corinthians 10:13 comes to mind:   “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man.  And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” When it…

A GOOD NAME

Many remember the sufferings of the righteous Job in the Old Testament.  One avalanche of adversity after another rolls over the poor man. Desert pirates plunder his wealth.  A sudden storm leaves his ten beautiful children dead in the rubble.  Painful sores plunge him into unrelenting misery.  He sits on a heap of ashes at the county landfill, scraping his sores, his heart and head on a roller coaster of praises and complaints, confused about what God is up to.…

PROMISES ABOUT PRAYER

In the 16th chapter of John, Jesus says:  “My Father will give you whatever you ask in My name.” Jesus said such things a good many times.  There is no need to tone these words down, to pare the claws of the Lion of Judah.  Jesus means what He says about asking God and receiving.  He knows we need encouragement, for we pray too little and fail to trust Him when we do pray. But our Lord’s invitation to pray…
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