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Job 4:5 ” But now trouble comes to you, and you are discouraged; it strikes you, and you are dismayed.”

Eliphaz was one of Job’s three friends that had come to comfort him after the devastating loss of  his children and all his livestock.  In this Scripture he is telling Job trouble is part of life.   When everything is going along smoothly in our lives…Life is good.  We’re happy, healthy, and prone to take God for granted.  But when trouble hits…when we’re stricken with illness, or touched by loss…we change.  We become frustrated and weary when illness strikes.   We become bewildered and fearful of our lack of control during times of loss.  It’s our attitude that changes…not God.  For God remains the same…whether in good times or in bad.  He’s right there beside you…offering comfort and hope no matter what you’re going through today.

Romans 8: 38-39 ” For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Earlier in this chapter Paul asks the question, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” (Romans 8:35)  His answer here is –  no one or thing can possibly come between us and Jesus.  No rule or force of man…no point in time…no act of good or evil can ever cut the tie we have with our Lord.  The bottom line is,  there is nothing in creation that can keep us apart from God…for the entirety of creation is under His authority.

Psalm 84:11 “For the Lord God is a sun and shield, the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless.”

You have found favor in the eyes of God.  He will be your everlasting light, (Isaiah 60:19) and your shield, your very great reward. (Genesis 15:1)   Walk before Him with all integrity, sincerity, and honesty and He will not hold back any good gift from you.

Job 5:17 “Blessed is the man whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.”

I can still remember one of my Nursing Supervisors in college.  She would stand outside the patient’s room with you asking a million questions about the procedure you were about to carry out.  Did you have everything you needed and  were you well versed in what you were about to do.  But right before you both walked into the room she’d say, “I will only stop you if you are potentially going to hurt the patient.”  It was always said in a quiet, soft voice, but boy did it pack a wallop!  Luckily, she never said a word during any of my procedures, and I gained a wealth of  knowledge from that uncompromising woman.  The Lord is the same way, His discipline is to educate us, not hurt us.  It’s only when we reject and turn away from His correction that we suffer.

Luke 11: 11-13 ” Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him? “

We think we know what we want…but in our short-sightedness are we really asking for a stone from the Lord…when He wants to give us a loaf of bread?  We naively think we know what’s best for us…when we really don’t have a clue.  We have a good, good Father that wants to give us only the very best…so ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in your petitions before the Lord…and pray God’s Will into your life, not yours.

Romans 6:1-2 ” What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? “

You can’t have it both ways. When you say “Yes” to Jesus, the broken relationship between God and you is restored.  But that doesn’t mean you can manipulate His unearned and unmerited favor to your advantage.  That’s what we’d call cheap grace.  It’s an attitude of entitlement and presumption that you’d rather beg forgiveness than ask permission.

Nehemiah 6: 15-16 ” So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul, in fifty-two days. When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God. “

In only 52 days the wall around Jerusalem was rebuilt, securing it from enemy attack.  Despite everything their enemies attempted to do to dissuade and intimidate them, the wall was made strong.  In less than 2 months time,  the people of Jerusalem had done something of super-human ability… and their enemies realized this.  Nothing will ever stand in the way of God’s plan…not people…not circumstances…not anything.  And this will render the enemy fearful and  in awe of God’s great power.