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Job’s Fear of God Deepens

 

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Job is a hard book!  Why?  I believe it is difficult because it makes us examine our preconceived ideas, notions, and assumptions about God and “why bad things happen to good people.”  We must get God out of our neat, organized box.  His ways are NOT our ways. (Isaiah 55:8-9)

Satan, the accuser of God’s people, (Revelation 12:7-12, Zechariah 3:1)   is standing before the omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent God to “tattle” on Job as if God is unaware of all that is happening on planet earth. (Jeremiah 29:11)  Ludicrous really!  Like a squabbling sibling, Satan marches into the throne room of the Almighty (does this not blow you away?) to point out Job’s faults and even accuse God of enabling Job.  This is either the gutsiest thing ever or utter stupidity born out of arrogance and pride.  My vote is the latter rather than the former. (Isaiah 14:15; Ezekiel 28:16-17)

Job is blessed in every area of his life.  Job reveres God.  Job is thankful.  This has Satan pretty ticked off.  Satan tells God, “the only reason Job “fears” You is because You bless everything he touches (Job 1:10).  Job has the midas touch.  It is easy to bless God when all is going well. Right?  Or do we usually just ignore Him?

I admit, I do not find it difficult to bless the Lord, to sing His praises, give to others, smile, be positive, have a good outlook on life, etc when all is going according to MY plan.  It is a bit more challenging, actually, nearly impossible to let what comes flowing out of my mouth be all peaches and cream when life suddenly takes an unexpected, unwelcome, and costly turn.

Satan comes to God to point out this fact.  But take a look back a few verses; what do you notice? (Job 1:1-8)  Verse six points out that angels “came to present themselves to God and Satan came too!”  The one thrown out of Heaven for his ingratitude still has access to the Almighty’s presence.  Now this encourages me!   Now, really look at verse eight.  Who actually brought Job up in the conversation to begin with?  Yep, the LORD did!  The Creator of the universe always has a purpose, a plan, and a path in mind for all He does.

This scares me! This conversation between the LORD and Satan is going to cost Job his wealth, his family, his health, and show him he has less than knowledgeable friends. But wait, isn’t this God’s ultimate compliment?  My first reaction:  “Run, Forrest, run!” when the LORD points me out to the accuser.  My second reaction:  WOW! Maybe I am doing something right.

Listen to what God said:  “My servant,”  “none like him on earth,” “blameless,”  “upright,” “fears God,” “shuns evil.”   Six compliments in one sentence.  Who would not like to hear this?

The LORD is placing Job in His curio cabinet on display for the the enemy of our souls to study. Job is on a pedestal.   God knows what Job will endure, say, and do.  So, why would God choose to do this?  Job 42:1-6 gives us the answer.  A deeper relationship with God Himself for Job.

This is the reason we can “give thanks in ALL things.”  God is in the details molding us into the individuals He has created us to be and bringing us into a deeper fellowship and understanding of who God the Father is.  God already knew what was in Job’s heart.  It is Job who says, “My ears had heard of You but now my eyes have seen You.”  (Job 42:5)

With our God there is no plan B.  He says in Job 28:28, “Behold, fear of the LORD , that is wisdom, and to depart from evil is understanding.”  This is repeated by Solomon in Proverbs 1:9 and Proverbs 9:10.  I want to be wise.  I need to understand.  This is where God Himself says start:  fear the LORD your God.  I stand in awe!

I Stand in Awe of YOU

“Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord. Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.” Habakkuk 3:2

Treading in good company,

 

 

Perfect peace comes from the LORD

 

isaiah-26_3_4-peace-trust“Do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on.  Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the bird of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?” (NASB Matthew 6:25-34)

 

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“And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?  And why are you worried about clothing?  Observe the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then…”

 

In times like these…Today’s world.. we need a Savior!! I am so grateful we have a Savior!  Are YOU?   OH HOW HE LOVES YOU AND ME.

The following video is an oldie but one of the classics.  George Beverly Shea sang for many many years for Reverend Billy Graham.  This song is just as true today as it was when it was written during WWII by Ruth Caye Jones who was a housewife in London.

This song has brought comfort to many, many people since that time.

Enjoy,

Freda Reynolds,

 

Chronicles: How to have peace in the land

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II Chronicles 14:4 Then they defeated all the cities around Gerar, for the fear of the LORD came upon them; and they plundered all the cities,for there was exceedingly much spoil in them.  

II Chronicles 17:10  And the fear of the LORD fell on all the kingdoms of the lands that were around Judah, so that they did not make war against Jehoshaphat.

II Chronicles 19:7, 9  Now therefore, let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take care and do it, for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, no partiality, nor taking of bribes.

  1.  And he charged them, saying, Thus shall ye do in the fear of the LORD, faithfully, and with a perfect heart.

II Chronicles 20:29  And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they had heard that the LORD fought against the enemies of Israel.

Psalm 85:9  Surely, His salvation is near to those who fear Him, That Glory may dwell in their land.

If I have not lost you already, I will warn you this is more Jewish history.  But America, this is a lesson for us!  The Chronicles are the histories of each of the kings of Israel activities. It records how they led or failed to lead and God’s response to the leadership.  So, let’s dig in for a history lesson and see if it will help us navigate the current political climate (ugh!) and give us insight as to how the LORD would have us observe the candidates, participate in the process, and vote come election day.  Trust me, I would rather skip this.  Politics makes me want to stick my head in the sand; now is not the time for becoming an ostrich.

II Chronicles 14 is about Asa the king of Judah,  He is the third king of the Southern kingdom and God liked what he did!  He got rid of all the idols and places of idol worship out of Judah and they had TEN years of peace!  Remember Israel is a small country as a whole but it is divided and yet, Asa has an army of 300,000.  Here comes an army a million strong against them and as always  when God’s people follow God–they WIN regardless of the odds stacked against them because the LORD fights the battle!  In verse 11 we find the key:  And Asa cried out to the LORD his God, and said, “Lord, it is nothing for you to help, whether many or with those who have no power; help us, O LORD our God, for we rest on You and in Your name we go against this multitude, O LORD, You are our God; do not let man prevail against You!”  God heard.  God acted. Judah won.  (read gods at War, by Keith Idleman)

II Chronicles 17 tells of a king named Jehoshaphat.  He was a righteous man.  Jehoshaphat sent out priests to teach God’s laws and because “he feared the Lord,” and “sought the God of his father and walked in His commandments,” and “took delight in the ways of the LORD and moreover he removed the high places and the wooden images from Judah,”  the Lord “established the kingdom in his hand,”   What happened is astounding! No one wanted to invade Judah and God had enemies bringing Judah wealth and placing it in Jehoshaphat’s hands.

Jehoshaphat then set judges throughout Judah to settle disputes.  In II Chronicles 19:6 we read, “take heed to what you are doing for you do not judge for man but for the LORD, who is with you in judgement.”  In other words, this is not to be the judge’s own political, social, or financial agenda!  Jehoshaphat is reminding the judges they will answer to God and to follow God’s laws, commandments, and statutes He has given.  If they do this they will be an exhibit before a watching world of the benefits of having a fear (reverence) of God.

The result of godly leadership?  The fear of God falls on other nations and they instinctively know to leave God’s people alone because the LORD fights against the enemies of His own.

America has been protected by the hand of God.  We have held enemies at bay by the strength of our resolve to be “one nation under God.”  But, things are changing.  Countries no longer give us their wealth, we are giving ours to them.  We lack righteous leadership and even when we think we have elected godly men and women we find ourselves sorely disappointed.  Could these verses be what we need to turn our beloved America around?  His word CLEARLY states He will fight for those who fear (revere) Him.  

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Take heart, if we as a nation turn our hearts back to God, tear down our idols, elect righteous leadership He will deal with our enemies decisively!  Tricia wrote an article on July 28, 2015 Daddy’s Footsteps.  We would do well to follow our forefather’s footsteps as Jehoshaphat did and serve our country, follow the LORD, and Fear the LORD our God.  This is where it begins isn’t it?  Reverence, respect, awe, acknowledgement there is someONE in control much bigger, better, smarter, perfecter than me.  II Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”   We can still turn this mess around but it starts here:  individuals who fear the LORD.

If My People by Terry Blackwood and the Imperials

 

In the Name of Jesus #3

 

Questions week #1

  • How do we control the tongue? Why is it important?

 

    • Proverbs 21:23
    • Ephesians 4:29
    • Proverbs 15:1, 4
    • James 3:2-10
    • James 1:26
    • Proverbs 17:28
    • Proverbs 18:21
    • James 3:10
    • Matthew 15:11
    • Proverbs 10:19
    • Proverbs 4:23
    • I Peter 3:9
    • Matthew 12:34 , 36
    • Luke 6:45  

What did Jesus do during the three days between death and resurrection?  

 

    1. I John 1:7-9
    2. I Peter 3:18-20
    3. Luke 23:43
    4. Luke 16:23
    5. Ephesians 4:9
    6. Acts 2:25, 27, 31
    7. Revelation 1:18
    8. Revelation 20:13-14
    9. Colossians 2:15

These questions are really good.  We desire to answer.  Keep in mind the enemy would love for us to be side tracked from our purpose of study.  I spoke to someone this week praying for us and she said, “We have awakened a giant monster.  He is roaring.”  We must guard this class time like a Marine guards Quantico.  We must be diligent.  

Use the provided scriptures for your personal study time.  Write down all you learn.  At the end of our time of study on In the Name of Jesus we will address all these important questions.  Keep in mind we ain’t no Bible scholars!  

Each week as you have questions, write them down.  We will research and provide the Scriptures you need to find the answers.  Begin to allow the Holy Spirit to be your Teacher.  Be discerning.  Notice if this is a ploy by the enemy to get you off task and use up your valuable time in studying about the matchless name of Jesus.

In the Name of Jesus   (For August 28,2016)

Lesson #3

Object Lesson:
A basket of gifts was placed in the center of the room and attendees were told that the basket of gifts was for them.   One jumped up like a kid on Christmas morning, ready to mow down anyone in the way to be the first to get the gift.  Took the gift loud and proud.   Others slowly, one by one came to receive their gift.  Tentatively receiving the unknown gift.  One considered trying to get a gift for another, but this is not allowed.  Each must receive the gift for themselves.   And a few, sat and did not receive a gift ignoring the love with which it was provided and relinquishing any benefits of the gift.   But a strange thing happened.  NOT ONE SINGLE PERSON who received a gift opened their gift immediately.  The gift just sat in front of them.  Was it fear?  Was it some kind of courtesy?  Was it indifference?  Was it complacency?  Was it rejection of the gift?
Gifts can be given with the intention to bless.  Gifts must be received.  But gifts are useless unless opened and used for the purpose for which they are intended.  Only then are the gifts a true blessing.
This object lesson was used to reflect how the gifts of the Spirit are given.    Christ has given them, they are available to all who trust in Him.  But the receiver must utilize the gifts for them to change their lives.  You must open the gifts and let yourself be washed in the Word.  (yep, they were bars of soap)

Prayer prayed over all who are studying with us:  Ephesians 1:17-20

Father, we (the leaders) are asking You, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give each one on this journey spiritual wisdom and insight so they may grow in the knowledge of You.    We pray that their hearts will be flooded with light so they can understand the confident hope You have given to those You have called--Your holy people who are Your rich and glorious inheritance.  We also pray each will understand the incredible greatness of the Father’s power for us who believe in Christ.  This is the same mighty power that raised Christ Jesus from the dead and seated Him at Your right hand in the heavenly realms.  We ask this in the name of Jesus.  Amen

ALL THIS BELONGS TO EACH BELIEVER.

Time for questions and scriptures provided to aid in self study of individual questions.  (See attached)  We will have some new questions each week for you to ponder.

Lesson
Encourage you to read the book of Matthew and note all the times faith is mentioned in relation to prayer and the resulting answers to prayer.
Matthew 8:13, 16
Matthew 9:29
Matthew 12:21
Matthew 13:58
Matthew 15:28
Resume answering the questions from last week’s reading of Chapter One
#5.  Where does Jesus state God’s will concerning prayer?  Write it out.
John 16:23-24New International Version (NIV)
23 In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
#6.  When praying about someone else, what comes into play in the situation?
When praying for another, their will affects the situation.  We cannot force our will for them onto them.  Exception is in praying for children under age of accountability.
For our own personal prayers, according to James 4:3,   “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”
#7.  When praying for someone else’s needs, what can nullify the effects of your faith?
When praying for someone else, their doubt can nullify the effects of my faith.
Proverbs 4:20-23
20 My son, pay attention to my words and be willing to learn;
Open your ears to my sayings.
21 Do not let them escape from your sight;
Keep them in the center of your heart.
22  For they are life to those who find them,
And healing and health to all their flesh.
23  Watch over your heart with all diligence,
For from it flow the springs of life.
Questions for the next section:  pages 13-14  The More Excellent Name:  How It Came
What three ways did E.W. Kenyon say that men obtain great names?
A.
B.
C.
How did Jesus receive His more excellent name?
As we study the truths of God’s Word, where do these truths need to reside?
The _____________is the door to our ____________.
By Inheritance  pages 15-21

  1. When did Jesus inherit His Name?
  2. When was Jesus begotten?
  3. Jesus tasted  ______________ death for every man.
  4. What are the three deaths?
  5. What is spiritual death?
  6. What separates us from God?
  7. What happens when you are born again?
  8. What is God’s nature?
  9. What is the devil’s nature?
  10. Through Jesus’ great _______________work, He effectively took care of _____________ death for us.

Again:

  1.  What day was He begotten?
  2.  Hebrews 1:4

He Leads Me Beside the Still Waters

 

The Lord is my shepherd
I shall not want
He makes me lie down in green pastures
He leads me beside the quiet waters.

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So many references in God’s Word are about sheep and the shepherd.  

 Isaiah 53:6 KJV “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”

I am so thankful for “The Shepherd”.  Jesus is the good shepherd. John 10:11 “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.”

Jesus is my shepherd.  “He leads me beside still waters.”

 

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Sheep like all living things need water to thrive.  Thirst lets our bodies know we need liquid nourishment.   “Water determines the vitality, strength, and vigor of the sheep and is essential to its health and general well being.” (A Shepherd Look At Psalm 23 by Philip Keller)

Sheep are not very smart animals.  Much like us when they get thirsty they get restless and begin to look for any source of water available.   If the shepherd is not doing his job finding a clean, fresh and still water, the sheep drink will drink from any polluted water. Drinking from sources that are filled with dangerous parasites.  

When we fail to drink from the fountain of living water regularly, we also get restless and are tempted to drink from polluted streams.  I love the old hymns because they were written out of experiences.  I love meditating on the words because they bring depth to worship.  The hymn Count Your Blessings has a verse in it that speaks of our wandering nature.

O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let that grace now like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.

Just as God has placed within us a natural desire for water, He also created us with a spiritual thirst.   It is a thirst for the “living water”, Jesus.  

In contrast to this scripture and many times in our lives when we become thirsty and restless we look in the wrong places to satisfy that desire.  Jeremiah 2:13 says it this way, “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.” (NIV translation)

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Jesus tells us that He is the living water. John 4:14 NLT “But those who drink of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water bubbling up to eternal life.” Jesus invites us to come to the waters.  Drink in God’s Word!  Rest in His care!bubble

Refreshing comes from the one who created you and me because He knows what we need.  St.Augustine put it this way.  “Thou hast made us for thyself, O LORD, and our heart is restless until it finds rest in thee.”

Rest and Refresh!  You know we need it!!!!

Love,

Freda Reynolds

David Phelps Family Band 

And Jesus said, Come to the water!

II Kings 17 Salad bar religion

 

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II Kings 17:28, 34, 36,39    28.  Then one of the priests whom they had carried away from Samaria came and dwelt in Bethel, and taught them how they should fear (revere) the LORD.

  1.  Unto this day they do after the former manners: they fear not the LORD, neither do they after their statutes, or after their ordinances, or after the law and commandment which the LORD commanded the children of Jacob, whom he named Israel;
  2.  But the LORD, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt with great power and a stretched out arm, him shall ye fear, and him shall ye worship, and to him shall ye do sacrifice.
  3. But the LORD your God ye shall fear; and he shall deliver you out of the hand of all your enemies.salad bar religion

 

Background:  Samaria is the capital of the Northern Kingdom, a port city in Palestine during the time of Christ.  Its people were a mix of races, nationalities.  Samaria means watch tower.

Bethel means house of God

Wait!  STOP!  Wait, don’t run off.  I almost skipped this too and trust me, I didn’t need too.  There is a profound lesson buried in this history lesson.

The Old Testament was written by Jews, to Jews, for Jews and for Jewish converts.  It is full of history (because the Lord works through people and nations) and the way the canon of scripture was put together (not in chronological order), coupled with Hebrew words not always having a great English counterpart can make study of Scripture a challenge.  A single verse of Scripture like these we are wading through today taken by itself leaves me scratching my head and fighting the “skip it and move on” attitude some days and on other days, like today, it sends me scuba diving for sunken treasure.  There is a shiny doubloon here!

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My search sent me back to II Kings 17:1-28 just to get a picture of what is taking place centuries ago.  King Ahaz (name means he has grasped) is the king of the now split country of Israel’s Southern Kingdom which included Jerusalem.  He has been king twelve (12) years.  King Hoshea (name means save) is king over the Northern kingdom and includes Samaria.  He has reigned nine (9) years.  The king of Assyria, Shalmaneser (name means [a god] is chief) is the leader of the invaders.

Israel as a whole has forsaken the laws of God, specifically, they are into the worship of multiple gods and the LORD God Almighty is not happy with His children!  They have ignored all the warnings by His prophets who are saying, “If you don’t stop this worship of other gods, Israel is going DOWN!  He said it, He meant it, now just watch.”  The law Thou shalt have no other gods before Him,  is non-negotiable.  He is a jealous God. (Exodus 34:14)

So, off into captivity they go.  The Assyrians moved into Samaria (His people’s land) and they ignored the laws of the land and the animals began attacking them to the point they woke up and told Shalmaneser, “Hey dude, we do not know the rituals of the God of the land and this is why we are dying!”  (No, I cannot explain this.)

But God!  He has a way of dealing with those who harm His children even when because of their disobedience He did not intervene so they could learn from the consequences (He gave us a FREE WILL and we get to choose our own path but we don’t get to choose our consequences–see Choosing and Pursuing God, Aug 15, 2016),  

So Shalmaneser sent the priest of Samaria back to Judah to teach the rituals of the God of the land of Israel.  Hence, vs 28:   Then one of the priests whom they had carried away from Samaria came and dwelt in Bethel, and taught them how they should fear (revere) the LORD.

II Kings 17:33  They feared the Lord, and served their own gods, after the manner of the nations whom they carried away from thence.  They still didn’t get it!  They wanted the “salad bar” gods–take the ones you like and leave the rest.

Verses 38-39  And the covenant that I have made with you ye shall not forget; neither shall ye fear other gods.

39 But the Lord your God ye shall fear; and he shall deliver you out of the hand of all your enemies, sums it up:  God made a covenant with Israel requiring they serve Him only and if they would do this He would deliver them from ALL their enemies.

The sad truth, they did not and the middle east is a mess to this day as a natural consequence of the disobedience.   So, where is the gold doubloon for me?  I must ask myself the question:  Am I serving ONLY the LORD?  Do I fear (revere) the LORD God?  Easy way to find out–Look at my life and see is He delivering me or just watching my consequences come to their natural conclusion.

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Inventory time.  What god(s) am I choosing?  The book gods at War by Keith Idleman is a great way to do an inventory!  It will shoot you right between the eyes and you will see gods from the salad bar you never have recognized who have invaded your life.

 

Here is a quote from this dynamic read:    “When we feel overwhelmed by disappointment, it’s a good sign that something has become far more important to us than it should be.  Disproportionate disappointment reveals that we have placed intense hope and longing in something other than God.   Erwin Lutzer writes, ‘Have you even thought that our disappointments are God’s way of reminding us that there are idols in our lives that must be dealt with.’”   OUCH!!!

How Great Thou Art by Susan Boyle
Treading for treasures,

Joseph and The Turning of the Wheel

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“ Joseph and the Turning of  the Wheel “

Let’s think about Joseph and the “Turning of the Wheel”  in his life.  Jacob and Rachel were his parents. He grew up in a large family of twelve boys and some sisters. One of  the first “Turning of the Wheels“ of his sheltered life was the jealousy and hatred he faced from his brothers.  His father had many children to love and care for but Joseph was his favorite child. (Gen, 37:3-4) Jacob loved him more because he was the son of his old age. Because of the beautiful coat of many colors, the brothers realized how much their father truly loved Joseph.  This favoritism incited much envy, jealousy, and even hatred each time they saw Joseph and his coat. The brothers would not even talk  Joseph with kindness at all.

Having grown up in a large family of twelve children myself you would have thought that we also would have experienced some of that but I can honestly say that I have never heard any of our family saying that they dealt with jealousy issues. Daddy and Mama treated each of us as equal as they could. If Mama made a dress for one of us girls, we knew that the next one in line would have one as soon as she could get it made until we all had one.

In fact, Mama would usually take all of the younger girls to town at the same time on grocery day. Flour in those days came in some really pretty colors, prints, and patterns. She would then allow each of us to choose the flour sack patterns that we wanted our dresses made from.  At home the flour was poured up into a very large barrel, the sacks were shook out, washed, and made ready for Mama to cut out a pattern and sew them on her old Singer sewing machine with a foot pedal.

Being a teenager around seventeen, Joseph was a dreamer.  And due to his lack of wisdom, he began to tell his brothers about them. “ For, behold we were binding sheaves in the field, and lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and behold, your sheaves stood round about, and bowed down to my sheaf “.(Gen. 37:7) Verse 8 tells us that they hated him even more because of his dreams and visions. In a mocking way, they asked Joseph,  “Shall you indeed reign over us, or shall you have dominion over us “ ?

 

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The “ Wheel Turns “ and these brothers that he loves conspire and plot to betray and murder him. Thanks be to God, that at the perfect time He raises up Joseph’s brother, Rueben, with a way to protect Joseph from being killed. “ Shed no blood, but, cast him into this pit “.(Genesis 37:22b)   (Rueben’s intentions was to come and remove him from the pit and return him back to Jacob, his father at a later time.) The “ Wheel Turns “ again in Joseph’s life as the brothers stripped his coat off and throw him in a pit. Quickly, the “ Wheel Turns “ and they see a caravan of merchants traveling down to Egypt to trade goods. He is sold to them for “ twenty pieces of silver “in order to be sold as a slave later.

I wonder at seventeen years of age how anyone of us would have handled the rejection, envy, jealousy, and hatred that Joseph experienced. Then, to find out that your own flesh and blood had plotted to betray and murder you. It doesn’t end there but to be stripped of his beloved father’s gift of the coat of many colors, thrown into the pit, sold like a worthless thing for slavery, and taken to a faraway land. The fear, aloneness, and anxieties that Joseph faced must have been insurmountable.  

Where do you turn when your own family cannot be counted on to help and protect you ?  

This is a question many of us have had to walk through at some time and place in our lives. We are not given the answer to this question from Joseph’s perspective but the Lord has brought this precious promise from His Holy Word to give each of us comfort when this happens to us.

“ I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My Help comes from the Lord, which made heaven and earth……….The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil; He shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore “.(Ps.121:1-2, 7-8)

 

Bebo Norman “I will lift my eyes”

 

Love forever,

Tricia Cook