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Morning Prayer, Friday, November 22, 2019 - WORD(S) OF THE DAY:  WHEN TROUBLE COMES

Father God, help me to have strong enough roots in You that no matter how deep my loss or pain, I will praise You anyhow.   Amen

". . . rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.".”  Colossians 2:7

“A bad storm cannot defeat a tree with deep roots.”  We all remember Mrs. Job in the book of Job, right?  She was the one when her husband, a godly man, was down as low as he could possibly go having lost everything, comes to him and says, “Why don’t you curse God and die.”  Why would the one person you thought would be your “Ride or die” kick at you while you are down?  Did Mrs. Job not understand his relationship with Almighty God?  Maybe the pain from losing EVERYTHING valuable to her was so intense she couldn’t think straight.  We can usually get through the loss of a job, a friend, a child, a spouse or losing everything in a tornado or hurricane.  Yes, at first it is rough but eventually we bounce out of it but Mrs. Job lost EVERYTHING?  She didn’t just lose one child, she lost 10.   She probably always saw her husband as strong but here he is in her eyes still trusting in a God who would let this happen.  Her mind is blown.  Why isn’t he angry with God?  Many have criticized Mrs. Job but I believe people handle loss in different ways.  Apparently Job’s roots in God were stronger than his wife’s.  He went off the cuff for a bit but he got back.  Mrs. Job, well, we see how she handled it.  I can’t say what I would do if I were in their shoes.   For that reason, I can’t judge them.  When trouble comes my way Lord, whether I lose a little or a lot, I just pray my roots in You are as deep as Job’s, and that I can truly say, “The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.  Blessed be the name of the Lord.”


For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.."  John 3:16         

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