By: Darrelyn L. Tutt"But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus."Philippians 4:19and "Though He slay me, yet will I (Job) trust in Him: but I will maintain mine own ways before Him. He also shall be my salvation ..."Job 13:15-16-----Memory Catcher: Job gives us an easy summary of his life and journey of faith in a simple acrostic utilizing his name:Journey Of Brokenness.In Job we are reminded of what remains in our lives when it's all been removed from our lives.-----We repeat and approach the promises of God with too great a casualness and carelessness. Too often we speak of Him in our comforts, attest to His greatness in our successes, and claim His promises while enjoying great provisions.Job doesn't speak to us from that place.He doesn't speak glibly to us from a place of ease, entitlement, and achievement but from a place of distress, pain, and profound suffering.In Job we learn that the promises of God stand when nothing else does.-----Job was stripped of his ten children, his livestock which numbered in the tens of thousands, his servants who worked closely with him in the quarters, and a healthy body.Blow after blow, Satan was granted permission to remove from Job each earthly blessing that God had bestowed on him.Relationally, vocationally, physically, financially, emotionally, and mentally ... Job experienced severe and catastrophic fall out.Everything of substance was removed from him.A stripped, naked, bare soul remained, surrounded by "instructive" friends and an inconsolable wife.Life hurt like hell for Job.And yet something about Job so different:The presence of God remained with him and the promises of God remained alive in him, when it all got stripped away ... and his "soul" remained.----Job touches me, inspires me, incites me to keep moving.He urges my faith forward when my life is at a standstill and the losses seem incalculable; though I know they aren't comparable to anything on a scale like Job's.But I don't think the goal of Job is to compare our losses and griefs to his.I think the goal of Job is to remind us that the promises of God stand sure when nothing else does.Job speaks to us of God awful, God forsaken places, that we all hope we never have to endure, and yet he reminds us that, when and if we do, God's word will still be standing.God loved His man Job;And Job loved his God.Nothing imposed upon him, not even the relentless attacks of Satan could steal him from the everlasting love of God, and similarly,Nothing imposed upon "you" and nothing taken from you on this earth can rob you from the everlasting love and grace of God which are yours in Christ.Nothing.-----In the writing of this particular piece lies the sense that an individual reading this is faced with a fall-out of the most fearful kind."You" hurt with a hurt that can't be formed into words;An intense private pain encapsulates and engulfs you.I offer you no glib words,No fast formula,No attempt to place a bandaid on a fast growing cancer.I simply hurt for you and encourage you to listen to Job,A man who has been there and survived ... life's greatest losses.The promises of God stand sure when nothing else does.-----Gracious Father,Help me,Hold me,Heal me ... in this silent hurting place.Come to me,Deliver,Tender truth in timely ways.Encapsulate, insulate, and support me with Thy sure and certain Word.I need Thee,How I need Thee in this hour.Amen.-----"For I know that my Redeemer liveth; and that He shall stand in the latter day upon the earth."Job 19:25
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