Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? No one else on earth is like him, a man of perfect integrity, who fears God and turns away from evil.”
“…a messenger came to Job and reported: “While the oxen were plowing and the donkeys grazing nearby, the Sabeans swooped down and took them away. They struck down the servants with the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you! ”
“The Chaldeans formed three bands, made a raid on the camels, and took them away. They struck down the servants with the sword…”
“Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house…Suddenly a powerful wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on the young people so that they died, and I alone have escaped to tell you! ”
“Throughout all this Job did not sin or blame God for anything.”
“So Satan left the Lord’s presence and infected Job with terrible boils from the sole of his foot to the top of his head. Then Job took a piece of broken pottery to scrape himself while he sat among the ashes.
His wife said to him, “Do you still retain your integrity? Curse God and die! ” “You speak as a foolish woman speaks,” he told her. “Should we accept only good from God and not adversity?”
“Throughout all this Job did not sin in what he said. Now when Job’s three friends — Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite — heard about all this adversity that had happened to him, each of them came from his home. They met together to go and sympathize with him and comfort him.”
“…After this, Job began to speak and cursed the day he was born.”
Job 1:8; Job 1:14; Job 1:15; Job 1:17-19; Job 1:22; Job 2:7-11; Job 3:1 HCSB
Father I know that we are all tested. The story of Job proves that Your most righteous and innocent are tested more than anyone else. To hear of Job’s tests I am humbled. My tests have never come close to the intensity of his, so I feel ashamed of and for my complaints, fears, and worry.
Father I know that You will never put more on me than I can handle. I just pray that I don’t disappoint You. In Jesus’ name and in Job’s honored memory I pray. Amen.
I want to thank each and every one of you for your patience, love, and care while I took a hiatus from my Breaking Bread responsibilities. I’ve been facing down and walking through my own experiences and challenges, and I failed one test—to continue posting to Breaking Bread even during my mental and spiritual storm.
I’ve realized that when I’m going through a storm, that’s when I really need to buckle my seatbelt and remain focused on sharing God’s Word. Even if I don’t have the strength to type out a full message like this, I need to still share His Love through picture, poem, or something—anything. By going silent it is basically me declaring that my issues are bigger than God, and that my issues are more important than sharing His Word.
I started Breaking Bread via text message in 2008, via email in 2009, and via blog in 2010. This has been a long, yet short, journey. I failed many tests over the past couple of months, but this one is a doozy for me because it impacts all of you. Many of you have remained committed to taking this Breaking Bread journey for a few years, and I want to both thank you and apologize for abandoning you.
As God molds me I’m working on being a better servant leader. I don’t want to fail this test again.
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