Sometimes it seems that  things are only going downhill.  One problem after another arises, and we feel so helpless.  We can’t physically do anything to fix it, and its easy for skepticism and negativity to start surfacing.  Prayer and time spent with God is our only recourse.

Last night, I was getting a little nasty in my prayers with that gnawing pit in my stomach.  I was almost just mad.  I just thought, “Really? Is that necessary?  How about a break? “

Immediately Job 42 came to my mind.  I don’t have Job 42 memorized, so I obviously became very curious.

Then Job replied to the Lord:

2 “I know that you can do all things;

    no purpose of yours can be thwarted.

3 You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’

    Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,

    things too wonderful for me to know.

4 “You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak;

    I will question you,

    and you shall answer me.’

5 My ears had heard of you

    but now my eyes have seen you.

6 Therefore I despise myself

    and repent in dust and ashes.”

After all of His answers to my prayers and the way He has shown Himself and taken care of family, friends, and myself – how could I even? 

This morning, I woke up to this in my inbox:

“We all want to live transformed lives, but we don’t always want to face what God reveals to sharpen our faith and character. However, when viewed with the right perspective, the wilderness seasons of our lives serve as an invitation to grow deeper!”   -John Bevere

As I finish writing this, guess what is playing?  “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”  … of course it is. 

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