Thursday, October 29, 2015

Be Bold: Job 9:17

"He would crush me with a storm and multiply my wounds for no reason." (NIV)

"For he breaketh me with a tempest, and multiplieth my wounds without cause." (KJV)

"For he breaketh me with a tempest, And multiplieth my wounds without cause." (ASV)

As you examined the storms in your life yesterday, did you find one or more that you said, "God is not in this." or "There is nothing good coming from this challenge." I know that I have had that response on more than one occasion. In the midst of your challenges, it is so often hard to see the silver lining or even the type of storm that God is using for you. 

Job had the same response in his life. He was unable to see that God was with him all along. God was using the storm that Job was drowning in so that he would grow. Job saw it as vindictive, mean, and uncaring. Job looked at God as a being with a personal vendetta against him. I have also been caught in the midst of the most challenging of storms with blinders on. We must, however, learn to be able to remove the blinders and see beyond the storm clouds to our Father's goals and ambitions for us. 

I know that is often the hardest and most challenging thing to accept. You look through the dense fog of your life only to see more fog and more turmoil. Like fog, however, you can continue to move forward, because somewhere beyond that fog is a rainbow or a golden meadow welcoming you and providing treats and pleasures beyond imagination. 

Today, look at your life at this exact moment. Take note of the storms you wrote off yesterday as the devil's work, coincidence, or as simply something you couldn't understand. Reexamine those storms. Look through the haze and see if you can find even the smallest glimpse of golden meadow. Make a list of three things God could possibly be trying to tell you within those horrible storm clouds. Pray about the results, sit quietly and allow God to speak to your heart, then take another moment to find two more things that God may be trying to tell you within that storm. Use these five results to continue to rejoice, pray, and thank throughout the week. 

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