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I will recount the steadfast love of the LORD, the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD has granted us. Isaiah 63:7

Lessons in Job January 29, 2011

Filed under: Bible Study,Faith — Lori @ 11:55 am

I am reading through the Bible chronologically this year.  I have always wanted to do this.  I am in Job right now, which means that I am already a week or so behind!  🙂  Anyway ….. I am always struck by something when I read in Job.  Since Grant’s death four and a half years ago I feel like I read Job differently than I used to.  I guess I understand his grief which turns into questioning God.  I have several observations that hit me this reading.

There is the obvious observation that God pointed out Job to Satan and allowed Satan to have his way (up to a point) in Job’s life.  Wow.  It reiterates to me the truth that God is sovereign in ALL things and that nothing comes into my life that does not come through His hands.  It also reminds me that one of the reasons that God allows or causes trials in our life is so that our faith is tested and made stronger.  This point deserves an entire book to explain it and I am not up to that task!

Another observation (even more obvious than the first) is that those first three self-righteous, condemning “friends” ought to have had their mouths washed out with soap!  Obviously, they had never experienced the kind of pain that Job had been going through.  If they had, they would have had a clue.  The lesson for us:  be careful not to judge when you have not walked in someone’s shoes.

Another observation is the patience of God.  He lets Job wallow in his sorrow and questions.  Job struggled with an issue that I often deal with – having his focus on his circumstances and himself, instead of focusing on God.  Job was trying so hard to defend himself and show that he had not done something to deserve what was happening to him that he was losing sight of the character of the God he served.  I do this ALL the time!

Some of my favorite chapters in Job begin in 38.  God answers Job’s complaint and He NEVER mentions anything about Job’s current situation, nor does he give a reason for it.  He only tells Job Who it is that he is questioning. 

Job 38:1-11
1Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:
 2“Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
3 Dress for action like a man;
   I will question you, and you make it known to me.
4“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
   Tell me, if you have understanding.
5Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
   Or who stretched the line upon it?
6On what were its bases sunk,
   or who laid its cornerstone,
7when the morning stars sang together
   and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
8“Or who shut in the sea with doors
   when it burst out from the womb,
9when I made clouds its garment
   and thick darkness its swaddling band,
10and prescribed limits for it
   and set bars and doors,
11and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther,
   and here shall your proud waves be stayed’?

Isn’t that amazing?  I mean, I completely believe that God made the earth and all that it contains.  I believe that He sustains and holds it all together.  But, I don’t think about it in this kind of specifics.  God begins his speech to Job with a detailed list of observable truths seen in creation.  In chapter 40, verse 4, Job answers the Lord that he will lay his hand on his mouth – he has nothing to say in response.  I should do that more often!

God adds more after this comment from Job.  Finally in chapter 42 Job once again answers the Lord:

Job 42:1-6
1Then Job answered the LORD and said:
 2I know that you can do all things,
   and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
3 ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?
‘Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,
   things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
4‘Hear, and I will speak;
    I will question you, and you make it known to me.’
5I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear,
   but now my eye sees you;
6therefore I despise myself,
   and repent in dust and ashes.”

This is the attitude that I want to have when I face trials in my life.  I want to remember the character and power of the God I trust in.  



Rejoice in the Lord January 28, 2011

Filed under: Adoption,Faith — Lori @ 2:26 pm

I feel like shouting from the rooftops!  Do you know that God is good?  He really is.  All the time.  Not just when things go in a way that seems right to us.  Always, and in every situation – He is good.  Over a year ago we were waiting for approval on our adoption paperwork.  We assumed that we would face the usual wait – nothing out of the ordinary.

Well, God had other plans.  I will not lie and say that there were not times of confusion, anger, and grief over the last year plus.  We weren’t sure at all what God was doing – whether or not Levi was really meant to be part of our family.  We never felt like we should give up, but we wondered if God was going to shut the door and that would be the end of that.

In that year, I know how much the Lord has worked on in me.  It has been tough, but I look back and see wonderful work that God has accomplished.  As much as I hate to admit it, I am much more pliable to God’s work in my life when things are tough.  Are you that way too?  In the past year the girls have also grown in many ways.  Yes, they are taller – but, more importantly they are more secure in our love for them.  They are more settled and accustomed to life in this country and in our home.

In October 2009, Lisa had traveled to India just before our paperwork was sent to India.  She visited Levi and came back concerned for us that he seemed very hyper – kind of out of control.  We gave that some thought, but considered the fact that her visit and the whole group of kids being excited about that probably led to some of that behavior.

Fast forward to this Monday, January 24, 2011 when Lisa was able to visit with Levi.  She met him in a room all by himself.  (The pictures I have attached are from this recent visit.)  She said that she was amazed when he spoke to her in English and asked her if she was there to tell him that he had a family.  She said yes, and she said that she has never seen a child so happy to hear that he has a family.  She said that he then asked her if she had pictures.  She said yes, and gave them to him.  She said that he was so happy to see the photos.  He then asked her if he was going to get on a plane and come to his new home.  He couldn’t wait to show his photos to his friends.

Lisa said that she was surprised at how tall he had grown in the last year.  She also said that he was very calm and well behaved.  She said that he asked her if she was hungry and when she said no, he asked her if she would like something to drink.  She said he was so sweet.  In addition to speaking Hindi and English, she said that he was singing songs with the other kids in French. When I said how shocked I was that he could speak English, she said that they had been sending him to a really good school where he was learning English.  That will make things so much easier for our transition if he can speak English!

He has not had the surgery that he is needing.  So, that will be something that we will have to look into once he gets home. 

 Lisa said that she was as surprised as I was to hear that our case was in court.  Not only that, we have already passed the first court date and our next court date for Arguments will be on February 7!! – and the sisters said we should pray for that appearance.  Lisa is as confused as we are that our case was already in court when we thought we were just waiting for approval and our NOC. (No Objection Certificate – something that you must have before you go to court.)  Lisa said that things seem to go very quickly with this orphanage and that we should plan to travel in March or April!!!  The only thing that could slow it down is if the judge asks for updated paperwork, but that should not be much of an issue. 

Please join us in giving God all the glory.  The girls are so excited to meet their brother.  It has been fun to see them join in with us as we have prayed for Levi and for them to see God answer.  Thank you again for sharing our joy with us!!  We will keep you posted as we see what happens with our court date on February 7. 

 Much love, Lori


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