Saturday, April 18, 2009

Verse of the Week -- Job 2:10

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The weaver works carefully, bent over her work. Moving swiftly she blends the colors in a pattern that draws out the simple voice of each one. The contrast accents the bright colors and beautifies the dark ones. Each one woven in just the right way to create a magnificent end result.

Color and variety capture our attention, giving us more to look at. As God weaves our lives He uses a variety of colors. Bright and dark, good and bad, exciting and boring, loud and quiet, in solitude or grouped together. All of these experiences decorate our lives and personalities, they create our unique life pattern.

We would not really want our life to be just one color -- everyday the same experience.

The differences add to the beauty. Think of Joseph in Genesis 37-50. And all that God used to decorate his life -- a doting father, a multi colored wedge in his sibling relationships, his dreams, thrown in a pit, sold as a slave, a strong work ethic, false accusations of misconduct, prison time, forgotten, rising to power. He would not be who he was without all he experienced, the dark times, the exciting moments, the bright times, the hard times. God wove them together to create a man that He could use in a powerful way. We need to praise God through it all.

As it says in Job 2:10, "But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips." We greedily accept the blessing, but scorn the difficult times.

God has a purpose for many different times that we face. Even the dusty darkness can glitter when His light hits it. I would much rather follow Job's example of quiet reverence than react like a foolish woman.

Respond with trust, honor, and even thankfulness. It will all weave me into the person that God can use all the more.

But he said unto her, Thou speakest
as one of the foolish women speaketh.
What? shall we receive good at the hand of God,
and shall we not receive evil?
In all this did not Job sin with his lips.
~Job 2:10~

As I stated last week, I would love to pray for you specifically each week, and I will add any requests that I have there as well. Please share in the comments any prayer requests, updates, praises, or anything else of note.


5intow said...

A couple prayer requests this week:
- Please pray for my brother and sister-in-law as they are expecting their third baby any day now.

- The 27th is our last day of co-op for the year and my drama class will be doing their final performance. Please pray for everyone to keep their presence of mind and to be able to attend our final dress rehearsal.

Thank you!

Kris said...

We always go out to lunch on Wednesdays between music classes. During lunch this last Wednesday, I thought, "Wow! Erin has been praying with me!" Seriously.

I couldn't believe how kind my kids -- all of them, not just my girls -- were being to each other. I know it was answered prayer.

I would like to ask that you continue praying about my girls' relationship with each other, specifically, that my oldest would be able to really seek to make the effort to make the first move as far as kindness goes. I don't mean to put too much on her shoulders, but I can really see that she can -- and often does -- set the emotional tone with the kids. When she's being nice, everyone else usually responds in kind. And, also that my youngest would recognize the efforts of her sister and respond positively.

I'll be praying about the needs that you've mentioned.

Courtney said...

Praising God that, through an urelated matter, I found out about the nodules on my lungs and my emphysema. I'm so glad to know these things now, and not be surprised by them later: especially if the nodules are cancerous! Praising him for his word and that I am in it more than I ever have been in my life, and that I am growing closer to him.