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Where Is Wisdom?

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A good question to ask. One people have contemplated for thousands of years.

“But where can wisdom be found?

And where is the place of understanding?”

Job 28:12, NASB

The dare written on the face of the young teen challenged me to answer her question. “Are you wise?”

How do you answer a teenager setting you up to look foolish or prideful? The answer—carefully and truthfully.

“God’s word says to ask for wisdom and he freely gives it to you.” At least she’s listening and the smirk is fading, and the rest of the group waits to hear my conclusion. “I have asked God for wisdom.”

In my head I’m thinking now I know why I’ve asked for wisdom. Then I finish. “I believe God is true to his word. He has given and is giving me wisdom as I seek him. It is a growing process. Am I wise?” I grin. “Sometimes and sometimes not. I have wisdom, but I don’t always use it.”

Job’s three friends had a wisdom that found credence

  • in what they saw,
  • what they heard from tradition passed down,
  • and what a nighttime stealthy spirit spoke to one.

They had yet to discover where true wisdom is found, resulting in a lack of understanding Job’s current situation.

Job on the other hand had true wisdom—not yet complete but on the way to completion. The wisdom he had understood the wisdom of people discovered knowledge to find the deepest hidden treasures of the earth, but didn’t compare with the wisdom of God. He states—

“Man does not know its value,

Nor is it found in the land of the living …

it is hidden from the eyes of all living,

And concealed from the birds of the sky …

Abaddon and Death say,

‘With our ears we have heard a report of it.’”

Job 28:13, 21-22, NASB

Job makes the answer clear as to where wisdom and the place of understanding are found.

“God understands its way;

And He knows its place …

And to man He said,

‘Behold, the fear of the Lord,

that is wisdom;

And to depart from evil is understanding.’”

Job 28:23, 28, NASB

The young teen put her hand on her hip and declared, “I don’t want wisdom.”

Wisdom says to me, “Don’t register shock.”

I asked the teen, “Why?”

“Because then I am responsible to use it.”

Before she could leave, I addressed the group. “Because you don’t want wisdom does not relinquish your responsibility to use it. It’s available to all who ask.”

“But if any of you lacks wisdom,

let him ask of God,

who gives to all men generously and without reproach,

and it will be given to him.”

James 1:5, NASB

“Wisdom leads you to the place of understanding not only what to do but why God asks you to do it. It leads you to full trust in God—where wisdom is found.” The group left challenged to,

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart,

And do not lean on your own understanding.

In all your ways acknowledge Him,

And He will make your paths straight.

Do not be wise in your own eyes;

Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.”

Proverbs 3:5-7, NASB

Wisdom begins with fearing the Lord—respecting and standing in awe of his great wisdom.

Walking in the wisdom of God—

  • turns you away from evil;
  • gives you a right path or purpose, one not riddled with regrets;
  • gives peace when the world is filled with chaos;
  • brings you to the place of understanding the value of living for eternity rather than the temporary;
  • brings you treasures without measure.

Wisdom from the mouth of Jesus tells us—

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth,

where moth and rust destroy,

and where thieves break in and steal.

But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven,

where neither moth nor rust destroys,

and where thieves do not break in or steal;

for where your treasure is,

there will your heart be also.”

Matthew 6: 19-21, NASB

Where will you find wisdom? What treasure will it bring you?

Hope For the Hopeless

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Yesterday, my bible study revealed what I was sure would be my blog topic for today. A couple of phone calls lead my mind to the following verse and changed my topic.

“For what is the hope of the godless when he is cut off,

When God requires his life?”

Job 27:8, NASB

The rest of the chapter paints a bleak picture for the godless. In essence the answer is simple. The only hope for the godless lies solely in this life. If one dies godless, eternity will be godless, without hope. The state we die in is the state we live in for all eternity. For—

For the wages of sin is death,

“but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23, NASB

“The hope of the righteous is gladness,

but the expectation of the wicked perishes.” Proverbs 10:28, NASB

“The desire of the righteous is only good,

But the expectation of the wicked is wrath.” Proverbs 11:23, NASB

  • Eternal death,
  • hopelessness,
  • and wrath of God,

these are the reality of the one dying in a godless state. And not just any god has the authority, ability, or the desire to give hope to the godless. Hope, a sure hope, a positive end comes by one alone.

“”And there is salvation in no one else;

for there is no other name under heaven

that has been given among men, by which we must be saved …

That whosoever believeth in him should not perish,

but have eternal life …

And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life,

and this life is in his Son.

He that hath the Son hath life;

and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.”

Acts 4:12, NASB; John 3:15, KJV;  1John 5:11,12, KJV

In a moment of decision the godless are turned to godliness, the hopeless to the full of hope. The decision comes by the grace of God through faith in the work of Jesus Christ on the cross, his death, burial, and resurrection.

“Repent therefore and return,

that your sins may be wiped away …”

“for He says,

“AT THE ACCEPTABLE TIME I LISTENED TO YOU,

AND ON THE DAY OF SALVATION I HELPED YOU”;

behold, now is

“THE ACCEPTABLE TIME,”

behold, now is

“THE DAY OF SALVATION”

Acts 3:19a; 2Corinthians 6:2, NASB

The godless have a hope in this lifetime.

The hope is found in repenting—complete turning from being without God to being reconciled to God.

But when God requires the godless’ life, when it is cut off from this world, that is not the end but the open door to eternity.

When that door opens and life on this earth is no more—there is no more opportunity

  • to be helped,
  • no more acceptable time,
  • no more day of salvation.

We are told in the last book of the Bible, the last chapter—

“Let the one who does wrong, still do wrong;

and let the one who is filthy, still be filthy;

and let the one who is righteous, still practice righteousness;

and let the one who is holy, still keep himself holy.”

“Behold, I am coming quickly,

and My reward is with Me,

to render to every man according to what he has done.”

Revelation 22:11,12, NASB

When the Lord comes for us, who we are will be who we are for all eternity—the godless will remain godless and the godly will remain godly. Receive the hope while hope is alive.

What is your hope?

The Writer’s Heart: WIP

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“Being confident of this very thing,

that he which hath begun a good work in you

will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”

Philippians 1:6, KJV

As an author, who is a child of God, my writing and my life hold a common thread—we are both Works In Progress.

A grandma holds a newborn baby. She immediately searches the tiny face and proclaims, “He has the eyes of his mother, but the tiny square chin comes from his father.”

Over the years our physical characteristics change, along with adopting attitudes, habits, and mannerisms of those whose influence is greatest in our lives.

The same holds true with our spiritual lives. At our second birth, which is of the Spirit, God begins the good work of salvation in us, and we begin reflecting his image. His gift of faith produces more faith revealing a growing likeness to the image of Christ. As he moves us from glory to glory, more and more we take on his character—until one day the work is done.

In the rebirth of our spirit, our heavenly Father is the potter and we are the clay.

“But now, O LORD,

thou art our father, we are the clay, and thou our potter,

and we all are the work of thy hand.”

Isaiah 64:8, KJV

As authors we have become the potter of our books, blogs, and all writing. The Lord fills our hearts and minds with the clay as we ask him to guide us. The clay is the substance of our  Work In Progress. As the Lord works our marred vessel into a vessel of honor for his glory, our task is to work our books into the same.

This past week my WIP proved to need reworking—to keep with the analogy—my pot needed a new handle. After prayer seeking God’s guidance, the answer became obvious. My manuscript, nearing thirty thousand words, didn’t have a clearly developed purpose. The last chapter needed scrapped. It was past time to clearly define and follow the purpose for which this next book was being written.

The last chapter was a good chapter but didn’t belong. If the story would fulfill its purpose of ending as a vessel of honor to God’s glory, the last chapter had to go.

God doesn’t do a half-hearted completion of our salvation. He brings us to perfection. As authors, or any other work, ours is to strive for the same quality of perfection. We shape our WIP into the best it can be—until one day the work is done. It bears our image and the image of the Father in us.

How is your current WIP going?

A Faint Word

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“Behold, these are the fringes of His ways;

And how faint a word we hear of Him!

But His mighty thunder, who can understand?”

Job 26:14, NASB

In this twenty-sixth chapter, Job sits blanketed with ashes and his body covered in boils. The loss of his family, servants, and possessions followed by the harassment of his poor counselors remain open wounds. Yet, a beautiful poem showers the name of the Lord with power, wisdom, and wonder. In conclusion, Job comments—

 “And how faint a word we hear of Him!”

God revealed himself to Job through creation. Job expresses this thought several times throughout his suffering. Yet, he concludes the understanding of the Almighty to be faint, but enough to produce a great faith.

Throughout the Old Testament we see this theme replayed and expanded upon, as the voice of the Lord slowly opens the heavens to allow us to see him.

“Many, O LORD my God,

are the wonders which Thou hast done,

And Thy thoughts toward us;

There is none to compare with Thee;

If I would declare and speak of them,

They would be too numerous to count …

In the year of King Uzziah’s death,

I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted,

with the train of His robe filling the temple.

Seraphim …called out to another and said,

“Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts,

The whole earth is full of His glory.”

Psalm 40:5;Isaiah 6:1,3, NASB

Hundreds of years pass and the Lord’s voice grows louder.

“And after being baptized,

Jesus went up immediately from the water;

and behold, the heavens were opened,

and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove,

and coming upon Him,

and behold, a voice out of the heavens saying,

“This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Matthew 3:16-17, NASB

Jesus, as the living Word of God, gave further revelation of the Father. He told Philip—

“Have I been so long with you,

and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip?

He who has seen Me has seen the Father—

  • He is the radiance of His glory
  • and the exact representation of His nature,
  • and upholds all things by the word of His power.
  • When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high;” John 14:9; Hebrews 1:3, NASB

The Lord gave John the rumblings of thunder to leave us with until the final revelation comes to pass.

“But His mighty thunder, who can understand?”

“The Revelation of Jesus Christ,

which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants,

the things which must shortly take place;

and He sent and communicated it by His angel

to His bondservant John,

who bore witness to the word of God

and to the testimony of Jesus Christ

even to all that he saw.

Blessed is he who reads and those who hear

the words of the prophecy,

and heed the things which are written in it;

for the time is near …

And a voice came from the throne, saying,

“Give praise to our God,

all you His bond-servants,

you who fear Him,

the small and the great.”

And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude

and as the sound of many waters

and as the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying,

“Hallelujah!

For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.”

Revelation 1:1-3; 19:5-6, NASB

The Almighty has taken us, along with Job, from a “faint word” to “His mighty thunder.”  And one day there will be no more questions. We will see the Lord as He is, in the radiance of His glory. We are without excuse.

“And he said to me,

“These words are faithful and true …

And behold, I am coming quickly.

Blessed is he

who heeds the words of the prophecy of this book.”

Revelation 22:6a,7, NASB

The next time the thunder rumbles—think on these things, look to the sky, our redemption may be very near.

His Ways, Our Praise

His Ways, Our Praise

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“Behold these are the fringes of His ways;

And how faint a word we hear of Him!

But His mighty thunder, who can understand?”

Job 26:14, NASB

The stars sprinkle their light throughout the night’s dark blanket. Thin silvery clouds swim past them and over the brighter light of the moon. The ocean tides come and go knowing how far they can travel. Our planet spins in its place day in and day out, held in place by nothing we can see. Job, in his anguish, worships his Creator, his God and concludes these things are only—

the fringes of His ways.

“For since the creation of the world,

His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature,

have been clearly seen,

being understood through what has been made,

so that they are without excuse …

To whom then will you liken Me

That I should be his equal?” says the Holy One.

Lift up your eyes on high

And see who has created these stars,

The One who leads forth their host by number,

He calls them all by name;

Because of the greatness of His might

and the strength of His power

Not one of them is missing.”

Romans 1:20, Isaiah 40:26,NASB

All of creation declares the power, wisdom, and presence of our God. Creation, also expresses the love of God for the ones created in his image. Greater than the witness of creation is his plan of salvation.

“For God has shut up all in disobedience

that He might show mercy to all.

Oh, the depth of the riches both

of the wisdom and knowledge of God!

How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! …

In Him we have redemption through His blood,

the forgiveness of our trespasses

according to the riches of his grace which He lavished upon us ..

Let them give thanks to the LORD for His lovingkindness,

And for His wonders to the sons of men!”

Romans 11:32-33, Ephesians 1:7,8a, Psalm 107:8, NASB

Like Job we see only the fringes of His ways, but one day the mortal will put on immortality and though—

“For now we see in a mirror dimly,

but then face to face;

now I know in part,

but then I shall know fully

just as I also have been fully known. “

1Corinthians 13:12, NASB

When the darkness of night covers the earth with its blanket and the stars begin to sing praises to their creator, may we join their praise for—

“Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised;

And His greatness is unsearchable.

One generation shall praise thy works to another,

And shall declare thy mighty acts.”

Psalm 145:3,4, NASB

If the Lord calls the stars by name, and he does, then how much more can we believe he knows and calls us by name. He is ever with us, even as he was with Job. May we follow Job’s example and praise the Lord in good times and bad.

What moves your spirit to praise the Lord?


The conclusion of today’s opening verse is planned for my next post.

The Writer’s Heart: Open Doors

The Writer’s Heart: Open Doors

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“Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving:

Withal praying also for us,

that God would open unto us a door of utterance,

to speak the mystery of Christ,

for which I am also in bonds.”

Colossians 4:3, KJV

Through the study of God’s word, a seed drops into your heart. A message is conceived. Is it simply the Lord’s comfort or encouragement for you, or is it to be shared? If shared, where, when, and how?

Sharing:

When the apostle Paul wrote his second letter to the Corinthians, he stated the comfort we receive from the Lord should be shared with others. All through the scriptures we are told to declare God’s goodness, all his wonderous works, and the salvation story—the mystery of Christ.

Where & How:

Through the years, the Lord has opened many doors for me to share the mystery of Christ—camps, mission trips, leading youth groups, leading bible studies, in the grocery store, to the hurting, to my family. You get the idea—the where is everywhere, including social media and the written word.

Naz for saleThe Lord opened the door for the publication of The Nazarene’s Price, my debut novel, through Elk Lake Publishing, Inc. My novel has been released. It’s being read, and I’m hearing from the readers. My current challenge, one each author faces, comes in the form of marketing—another door to walk through.

With any challenge, prayer presents itself as the best place to start. The Lord opens the door/s in accordance with where there is one whose ears are open to hear. Ours is to walk through the door.

Elk Lakes Publishing, Inc.’s Deb Haggerty shared Blossoms of my Life Radio Ministry, and revealed a door for me. Ramona Trevino, AKA I. M. Dauntless, author and originator of the radio program opened the door graciously inviting Christian authors to contact her for a thirty minute interview. It’s free, but she does accept donations, and the interview airs on two different radio stations out of California.

I am slated for a recorded interview on Wednesday. The interview is scheduled to air first on Saturday, November 19th, then again on Monday November 21st. Ramona will post it on her Facebook page and send a link I can share. I look forward to this opportunity and encourage you to check it out on her website, www.imdauntless.org. It may be your door of opportunity, too.

When:

Each door has been for a season. With the writing, editing, and publication of The Nazarene’s Price, the Lord has brought me into a new season as other seasons fade. As long as God gives the opportunities or fills our minds with creating opportunities, and gives us another season we speak as he leads. The when—whenever the door opens.

Each season of life presents us with different challenges and new doors of opportunities to share the mystery of Christ, but each should serve the same purpose—

“Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us,

but unto thy name give glory,

for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake.”

Psalm 115:1, KJV


What marketing opportunities have opened to you ?

Staying the Course

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“Encourage the exhausted,

and strengthen the feeble.

Say to those with anxious heart,

“Take courage, fear not.”

Isaiah 35:3-4, NASB

According to Job, chapter 4, Job reached out to the weary and those about to give up. He spoke words of encouragement to his neighbors in times of trials. But only one came to Job’s rescue. And yet, he failed to recognize the voice within him strengthening him to be able to say,

“He knows the way I take;

When He has tried me,

I shall come forth as gold.”

Job 23:10, NASB

Job’s three friends, who came with the intent to comfort him, failed in their mission. The only comfort we find them giving happened at the beginning of Job’s testing when they kept silent.

In trying to encourage or comfort the tired, weak, and fearful, we can take a lesson for Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar and know when to speak and when to keep silent.

So often we don’t know what to say to the hurting—

  • that’s when we keep silent and just be with them.
  • Let them talk if they need to and learn to listen not judge.
  • Wait with them.

When the Lord gave Habakkuk a vision to strengthen and encourage him, He told Habakkuk words we can take to heart.

“For the vision is yet for the appointed time;

It hastens toward the goal,

and it will not fail.

Though it tarries,

wait for it;

For it will certainly come,

it will not delay.”

Habakkuk 2:3, NASB

When it’s time to talk, speak the word of God. It is certain and is being performed in the waiting.

In the waiting, God’s word encourages us as He did Joshua and the Ephesians—

  • “Only be strong and very courageous;
  • be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you;
  • do not turn from it to the right or to the left,
  • so that you may have success wherever you go …
  • Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might.
  • Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.” Joshua 1:7;  Ephesians 6:10-11, NASB

How do those who are exhausted in their trials muster  energy to stand, to put on the armor of God, be courageous, and do anything? Ask, simply ask.

“For this reason, I bow my knees before the Father,

from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name,

that He would grant you,

according to the riches of His glory,

to be strengthened with power

through His Spirit in the inner man;”

Ephesians 3:14-16, NASB

If we are too weak to pray,

  • the Spirit knows what is in our heart.
  • He will take it to the Father on our behalf.
  • Ask others to pray with us,
  • speak God’s word to us,
  • and thank God for his promises.
  • He will be our strength to stay the course.

“For thus says the high and exalted One

Who lives forever,

whose name is Holy,

“I dwell on a high and holy place,

And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit

In order to revive the spirit of the lowly

And to revive the heart of the contrite …

No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man;

and God is faithful,

who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able,

but with the temptation

will provide the way of escape also,

that you may be able to endure it.”

Isaiah 57:15; 1 Corinthians 10:13, NASB

We have God’s word on it—He will come to our aid whether we need comforting or are the comforter.

“FOR YET IN A VERY LITTLE WHILE,

HE WHO IS COMING WILL COME,

AND WILL NOT DELAY …

You too be patient;

strengthen your hearts,

for the coming of the Lord is at hand.”

Hebrews 10:37; James 5:8, NASB

And when the Lord does come, he will reward our patient faith with the promises of Israel.

“The LORD your God is in  your midst,

A victorious warrior.

He will exult over you with joy,

He will be quiet in His love,

He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.”

Zephaniah 3:17, NASB

You are in my prayers often, asking our Father to give you strength and encouragement to stay the course. God bless.

Where Are You?

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“As the deer pants for the water brooks,

So my soul pants for Thee, O God.

My soul thirsts for God, for the living God;

When shall I come and appear before God?

My tears have been my food day and night,

While they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”

Psalm 42:1-3, NASB

I’m amazed at Job’s lamenting. From a human standpoint, wouldn’t our first desire be for the Lord to restore our losses, raise our children out of the grave, and heal our bodies?

We saw at the end of chapter one, Job did not cling to the temporary things of this world, including the relationships we enjoy in this life. All this, God gave him. He accepted it all was God’s to take.

While his tears flowed day and night, while his poor comforters badgered him, the one thing Job desired most was to know where he could find God. He could face all this if only God would speak to him, be near him. He cries out in chapter twenty-three.

“Oh that I knew where I might find Him,

That I might come to His seat …

Behold, I go forward but He is not there,

And backward, but I cannot perceive Him;

When He acts on the left, I cannot behold, Him;

He turns on the right, I cannot see Him.”

(3,8-9) NASB

I pulled a pan from the kitchen cabinet. SLAM! Nothing. No one paid me any mind. The television blared. SLAM! The second cabinet door pleaded angrily for attention as another pan clanged against the first. Nothing. No one saw my pain. Not even God.

After turning the stove down low, I escaped to the open field behind our house. “Where are you, God? Why didn’t you prepare me?” It seemed like my spirit hovered above me as my flesh lost control. The Lord had taken my granny, my friend, my sewing teacher, my biggest fan.

Angry tears streaked down my face. No answer. I flopped on the ground as I glared up at the heavens. No answer. I wiped my face with the tail of my t-shirt. I had to finish supper. I needed to hear from God.

I didn’t have to wait or suffer grief like Job did, yet, the pain filled my heart with grief’s anger I couldn’t control. I laid my head on my pillow and prayed, “Father, help me. Please, just help me know you are near.” I stared at the ceiling until my eyes finally shut—for a short time.

I woke and walked to the bathroom. My breathing relaxed. The weariness didn’t weigh down my shoulders. I glanced in the mirror. Serenity washed over my face. Peace filled my heart. God satisfied my thirst with himself. He had given me grace and took my grief.

“And He has said to me,

“My grace is sufficient for you … “

2 Corinthians 12:9a; NASB

My Father knew my heart, my pain, and he rescued me, with no scolding—just love and grace.

Job didn’t know why God allowed his pain any more than I knew why it was time for Granny to be taken home. Our God did not forsake us but spoke through our grief our loss, until we could hear his voice. Job declared—

“He knows the way I take;

When He has tried me,

I shall come forth as gold.”

Job 23:10, NASB

If you wonder how I can compare my pain with Job’s—I’m not. But pain is personal. Our trials are our trials—only God knows how deep they go. Only God can bring good out of our suffering. Whether we feel his nearness or the clouds seem like they are made of stone, we can know God is faithful when his word says,

“Draw nigh to God,

and he will draw nigh to you …

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord,

and he shall lift you up.”

James 4:8a, 10, KJV

Ours is to trust our God not our feelings. He is near. He satisfies our thirst for him as the water satisfies the thirsty deer.


To Consider: What are you thirsting for? Where are you looking? Will it satisfy your thirst?

Writing is Hard

The Writer’s Heart: Sharing Another’s Journey
Where do you identify with author, Brenda Gate’s journey?
The editing process? The discouragement turning into courage? Oh, I do highly recommend her book. You won’t be able to put it down. It is contemporary fiction moving into historical fiction through a time-slip.

Another Day to Smile

Writing is hard. I didn’t use to think so. When I wrote Anna’s Song, it flowed with ease. It was fun. I took nuggets while I wrote, planning ahead for the companion stories I wanted to write, and just knew they would be a breeze.

Then I turned my manuscript in for a content editor to review. That’s when the hard work began.

Oh, the joy of editing.

Let me back pedal. Long, long ago, I submitted my first chapter for professional critique. It was a nerve wrenching experience. I’d never shared my writing with someone outside of a few close friends and I had this odd emotional mix of vulnerability combined with cocky self-confidence. My book baby was good. I expected the professional would think so as well.

Ha. I needed a big slice of humble pie.

I got my copy back, and it had so many red lines…

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A Fainting Heart

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“My flesh and my heart faileth:

but God is the strength of my heart,

and my portion for ever.”

Psalm 73:26, KJV

He sat covered in dust and ashes scraping the oozing sores spread across his body. He no longer had strength to swat at the swarming flies or the gnats eating from his abscessed putrid skin. The drone of his useless comforters irritated his ears worse than the insects.

Job’s mind replayed the first day of his suffering. The loss of his possessions and his position among his friends meant little. But the pain of losing his ten children shredded his heart. Only the thread of hope for God’s vindication would hold the pieces together. This Job held onto tenaciously.

“And as for me,

I now that my Redeemer lives,

And at the last He will take His stand on the earth.

Even after my skin is destroyed,

Yet from my flesh I shall see God;

Whom I myself shall behold,

And whom my eyes shall see and not another.

My heart faints within me.”

Job 19:25-27, NASB

We get a midnight call—there’s been an accident.

We listen to the doctor give a daunting diagnosis.

We lose a loved one.

A friend betrays us.

We walk a painful journey day after day that promises only one end.

Any one of these situations lends to a weariness of mind, heart, and strength. Job faced them all within a short time frame. Yet, he found strength in the knowledge of his Redeemer.

When we, like Job, come to the end of our strength, when our heart just can’t take anymore, we have a Redeemer. Jesus has taken our suffering on his shoulders and shared his strength with us. He is our strength and our portion, our inheritance. With Christ we can do this.

“For which cause we faint not;

but though our outward man perish,

yet the inward man is renewed day be day.

For our light affliction,

which is but for a moment,

worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”

2 Corinthians 4:16-17, KJV

Job received his reward and we will too. Suffering has its, end, purpose, and its reward.

Suffering’s End:

It came in a moment and suffering’s end is a moment away. And the Lord is faithful to keep us until that moment comes.

“Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation

ready to be revealed in the last time.

Wherein ye greatly rejoice,

though now for a season, if need be,

ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations;”

1 Peter 1:5,6, KJV

Trials come with this world—it’s broken. But for the child of God our trials serve a purpose.

“Knowing this,

  • that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
  • But let patience have her perfect work,
  • that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing …
  • though it be tried with fire,

might be found unto praise and honour and glory

at the appearing of Jesus Christ:”

James 1:3-4; 1 Peter 1:7b, KJV

Suffering’s reward: Our pain is temporal, even when the end stretches out before us on a seemingly endless road. Like Job we want it to stop for our pain masks the reward—the revelation of Jesus in us to others, that gives them hope, while still walking in this world.

“But we all,

with open face beholding as in a glass

the glory of the Lord,

are changed into the same image

from glory to glory,

even as by the Spirit of the Lord …

Always bearing about in the body

the dying of the Lord Jesus,

that the life also of Jesus

might be made manifest in our body.”

2 Corinthians 3:18; 4:10, KJV

Faithfully enduring the suffering of this world reaps reward now and for all eternity.

‘But as it is written,

EYE HATH NOT SEEN,

NOR EAR HEARD,

NEITHER HAVE ENTERED INTO THE HEART OF MAN,

THE THINGS WHICH GOD HATH PREPARED

FOR THEM THAT LOVE HIM.

But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit:

for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.”

1 Corinthians 2:9-10, KJV

When the end of your trial has wearied your heart, remember

  • Christ in you is your strength.
  • Suffering has its end, a moment in time,
  • a purpose, refining the image of Christ in you,
  • and a reward—Christ himself being your portion, your reward.

“I will not leave you comfortless:

I will come to you.”

John 14:18