When I was younger in the Lord, the story of Job brought great confusion and fear to me. I thought God was playing a game with Satan. Does the Lord give you something, then take it away, then give it back to you again? That doesn't make sense. Job loved the Lord, worshiped Him and didn't do evil. Satan told God he was looking for someone to destroy and God said back, “Have you thought of Job he loves me and is a good guy, (Job 1:6-8). All scripture is given by the inspiration of God. God inspired the story of Job to be written so that we could learn from it. We need to be careful and learn the right lesson from all situations, (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Satan can do what he wants with the things of this world. He can use the weather; he can bring on illness, use fire and evil people to attack us. He used all of these things against Job. “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away, says Job. Everything in the Bible is the truth. It's truly stated because Job said it, but it is not a statement of truth. God did not take from Job, Satan did. Satan brought against Job storms, fires, thieves that took all his children and all his worldly possessions. Satan brought illness to Job so he couldn't work. The words meant for comfort from Job's wife and friends only brought pain and confusion. Paul wrote in Romans 11:29 that the gifts of God are without sorrow. God let Satan come against Job. God let Adam and Eve sin in the Garden of Eden, and plunge the whole world into sin. Nothing can be done against the will of God because that would mean it is stronger than God's will. God warned Adam, “Don't do it, the day you do you will surely die. Adam had a choice. He could do right or he could do wrong. God would have had to violate Adams free will to stop him. Without free will, man would not be accountable for their actions.

Jesus came to this world and took back from Satan all that was stolen. Through Jesus Christ we have the authority to rule over the evil. It is now our responsibility to use that authority. Job, like us, knew what it was like to feel the ever presence of the Lord and he knew what it was like to experience the coldness of doubt and depression. He knew, like us, what it felt like to have it and to loose it. But through it all he called upon the Lord. He spoke out loud to the Lord. Job never hides from God. Whatever he thought about, he talked to God about. He cried out to the Lord and the Lord heard his cries. When the Lord answered, it wasn't what Job was asking for, “Who is God here?. God recaptured all that He does that Job, like us, cannot. God showed Job that humans cannot understand many things He does. He didn't explain why He allowed Job's suffering; instead He criticized Job for talking too much. But, He also said Job had remained his faithful servant.

God does nothing that is not motivated by love. It is because of that, that we can be assured He knows, He cares and He loves us. (2 Corinthians 12:9), And He said to me, “My grace is all you need. My power is strongest when you are weak. So if Christ keeps giving me His power, I will gladly brag about how weak I am.

I am older in the Lord, now. I still get confused over life. This year I have lost a friend, my home and all belongings in a fire, property in storms, my step mom from cancer and yesterday my dog, Pete. I will brag and say I am weak.

My you be blessed with the knowledge that the Lord is always strong.

Debbie Wallis

Children's Minister

First Assembly

950 Glen Rose Hwy

Stephenville, TX

debbie@sfagod.org