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Job 1:21 ” Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”

In a matter of minutes Job lost everything…his livelihood, all his future income, and all ten of his children.  And you may find yourself in the same place today as you survey your mounting losses.  Although Job lost all his material and personal things, there was one thing he never lost, and that was his faith in God.  For this verse tells of his  acknowledgement of God’s sovereignty, goodness, grace and mercy.  And as James 1:17 also reminds us, “Every good and perfect gift is from above…”  Job lost everything…but he never lost what really mattered…his faith.

Psalm 19: 1-4 ” The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.”

We all have blind spots.  Areas of our life we can’t see, or chose not to see.  Sometimes it’s intentional, sometimes it’s due to ignorance that we can’t see what’s right in front of our faces.  This Psalm of David is quite blunt…you can’t help but see the majesty of God around you.  For everywhere you look is displayed His glorious work of creation.  And creation doesn’t need words to proclaim God’s glory to the world…we need simply to gaze up into the starry sky, glance at the blooming flowers, and listen to the bird’s singing to understand.

Psalm 33:10-11 ” The Lord foils the plans of the nations; He thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”

Psalm 2:1 asks the question, “Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain against the Lord?”  It’s because within the cunning imagination of man is that prideful idea that we can control our own destiny…but this all just vanity.  For God’s Will prevails over all… and He will carry out His plan and purpose for His glory.  We may think we know the answers…but only God can see from beginning to end and around every corner of life.

Ephesians 2:10 ” For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

You are the work of God’s hands…lovingly created with unique abilities, gifts, talents, and passions.  When God  made you, He had the eye of an artist and the soul of a poet as He formed you…for you are truly a work of art to behold.  There is no one like you,  for you are God’s workmanship…created to be like Him in true righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:24)…and eager to do what is good. (Titus 2:14)

Ephesians 2:10 ” For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

God has things for you to be doing.  It says here that with loving forethought, He readied them at the dawn of creation just for you. The Lord created you to fulfill these deeds of good to your fellow man…using the gifts, talents, and passions you possess in a totally unique way only you can.  Even the vilest of us have the capacity to be kind…for we all are made in God’s image and capable of showing consideration towards others.  We love because He first loved us is shown clearly in Titus 2:14, “Jesus gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people who are His very own, eager to do what is good.”  Let us be a people who are eager to do what is good.

Joel 2: 25 ” I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten-“

For many, life has been hard.  Years have been lost to bad choices, addictions, and the consequences caused by other people’s decisions.  We can’t but feel that our life has been robbed of  time.   But the Lord is telling us in this Scripture that He will completely fulfill those lost years…allowing us to reclaim the happiness and contentment…the peace and security that we thought we’d never have again.   For He is the God of redemption –  accomplishing the impossible,  and bringing to pass the unimaginable in our lives.

Lamentations 3: 19-20 ” I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope.”

Life does not spare anyone from loss, sorrow, and pain.  So when we’re in the middle of  trials,  it’s difficult to take our eyes off the sadness and onto God. But here in Lamentations,  Jeremiah voices his grief and suffering, yet he reminds himself that God’s great love and compassion never fail…and thus there is hope.