God didn’t do it …

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
    naked I’ll return to the womb of the earth.
God gives, God takes.
    God’s name be ever blessed.” Job 1:21

Recently, I had a conversation with a friend about how difficult it is for me to pray for safety and protection for those who face danger for a career: Policemen, fire fighters (including forest fires), and especially our military men and women. The sad fact is that prayer isn’t going to keep all of these people from dying. He reminded me we pray for God’s will in all things and hope those taken did not die without having lived for their cause and purpose in life.

Job had everything until Satan appeared before God and said he was checking out people on Earth. God said to Satan, “Have you noticed my friend Job? There’s no one quite like him—honest and true to his word, totally devoted to God and hating evil.” (vs. 8) Satan took this man on as a challenge and replied, “But what do you think would happen if you reached down and took away everything that is his? He’d curse you right to your face, that’s what.” (vs. 11)

Satan caused Job to lose his incredible wealth and all his family, except his wife. Yet, he didn’t say, “Why me, Lord?” Instead he never sinned nor blamed God for his lose.

Job knew God didn’t cause his loss. We need to remember this when we suffer too.

Lord, give us strength to stand strong when facing trials in life. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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