Out Of The Storm

October 17, 2015


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SCRIPTURE

Then out of the storm, the LORD spoke to Job.

~Job 38:1, GNT

QUOTE

We have all done things and said things that hurt other people.

~Selwyn Hughes

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The book of Job is not a tragedy but it does begin with a tragedy. Job loses all ten children to a tornado, he loses all his possession to thieves and natural disasters and just when he thought, it could get no worse: it got worse–Job lost his health. His body was covered with ulcers which made him unclean. He is forced to a life in the wilderness. In a matter of a few days, he went from living in a mansion to living in a hole in the ground. Perhaps for the first time in his life, Job is alone. Relying upon his great wisdom and keen intellect, he begins to recount the details and try to make some sense out of all the tragedy. He begins to search his soul but he has no clue as to why the LORD has allowed such a horrific storm to come against him. What had he done? Was this a cruel joke that God was playing? Job searched his heart but he could come up with nothing. He had always helped the poor, stood for justice, been faithful to his wife, prayed for his children; what could he possibly have done to offend the Almighty?

Then his friends show up. They begin pointing out Jobs sins but this only makes Job angry. These blabber mouths don’t know when to shut up.  After these wind bags had said all they knew to say, Job was no less distressed but then comes chapter 38 which begins with “Then” which is a connecting word. Then means after all that has happened in Job 1-37, “Then out of the storm the LORD spoke to Job.” Isn’t it amazing that Job’s four brilliant friends with all their words could not convict Job of a single sin, then the LORD speaks and Job repents.

There are a couple of lessons in this story. [1] There was not a better man on the face of the earth than Job but the best of us needs to repent just as much as the worse of us. [2] God’s words are infinitely more powerful than ours. God spoke and a life was changed forever.

Don’t misunderstand what I am saying: I hold Job in high esteem. I think that next to Jesus and possibly John the Baptist, Job is the best man in the bible but even the best of us needs mercy and grace.

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  • Johnny Burnett and eight other men from Morgan Baptist Association are headed to SC as a feeding team. They will be working with other disaster relief groups. SC suffered over a billion dollars in damages and 14 people lost their lives. Some of the 14 disregarded road blocks and warning signs. You know who I thought of when I read the article, myself, sounds like something Jack Bailey would do or Kay Orr. {JK}
  • It was too late to bother Kane and Michelle when I did the blog so I don’t have a update.
  • GOLDEN GIRLS this morning and then I have to lock myself in somewhere and study. Hasn’t been a good week for study.
  • Tomorrow’s schedule is full: Deacons at 7:45, Donuts and biscuits at 8:30, LCBS at 9:15 and worship at 10:15 and 6:15. Zander Robinson will be baptized after the am worship celebration [Lord willing]. AWANA at 5:30 and Visitation at 5:30. David has prayed for God to give me more fruit in my last year than I’ve had in the previous 36 and I don’t mind if you join him. We do have around 8-10 candidates for baptism. Thank God for every one. We have some health issues with some of them but when they get able, they intend to be baptized. I am telling you: God is at work. You pray for me to have boldness in my personal witness.
  • Don’t forget to sign up for TRUNK-A-TREAT and the cook out. I’d like to know what we are looking at so we’ll know what we need to do. Personally, I think it is going to be cool, maybe cold and I’m wondering if a stew would not be more appropriate.  One way or the other, we are going to have a supper and a fellowship. I am into fellowship.

Gary, Keri and Kane

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