Navigating the Valley of the Shadow of Death

Job had several reasons to turn against God.  He had no idea why he was suffering since God never revealed to him Satan’s accusations and the specifics of the test he endured.  Yet Job remained firm; he never cursed God.

He grieved, but even in his grief he bowed before God in worship (1:20-21)

Even after the loss of his health, Job remained firm.  When his wife urged him to “Curse God, and die”, he rebuked her and declared, “Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” (2:10).

A difficult lesson this:  God owes us nothing.  Everything we have is a result of His grace, and He has every right to take it all away.  Should He do so, we should not become angry, bitter or withhold our service.

Our delight must be in God himself.

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Understand I say the above while I am currently in the Valley of the Shadow of Death, experiencing the Dark Night of the Soul.  These are words to encourage, challenge and convict myself more than anyone else.

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