The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

Jun 18, 2023    Pastor Mike

What does Job's statement declare? Job 1:21 He said, "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I shall return there. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD."

"Despite all this, Job did not sin, nor did he blame God." Your reflections?

"his wife said to him, "Do you still hold firm your integrity? Curse God and die!" - 2:9 reveals important truths, which are?

Is it ok to question God?

What does God's sovereignty mean? and how does it impact you?

Some other texts also refer to our very limited humanity, please read: Genesis 3:19; Psalm 49:17; Ecclesiastes 5:15-16, 12:7;   1 Timothy 6:6-8

Are you able, by God's grace, to see His goodness and blessings in the hardest times? Can God really command us to rejoice in the Lord always ... and in everything give thanks? How do we do this?

Should God use you and your life to be a living illustration of His sovereignty and to demonstrate to the world the glory God is due and the faith He grants His people, would you accept it?

Do you believe the benefit of the inspiring lessons from this one mans life to help untold Millions of believers over the last 3,000 years was worth it? Do you think Job would now agree?

How would you answer Epicurus' Dilemma? - Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then He is not omnipotent. Is He able but not willing? Then He is malevolent (not worthy to be God). Is He both able and willing? Then whence cometh Evil? Is He neither able not willing? Then why call Him God?