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The Word for Today

by Bob and Debby Gass

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‘I know that you can do all things.’ Job 42:2 NIV

Job lost his wealth, his health, and his children. The book he wrote is a conversation between himself and God. At the beginning of it, Job says, ‘Hear now my reasoning’ (Job 13:6 NKJV). He is asking, ‘Why has all this happened to me?’ At this point, he is totally self-focused. But by the middle of his book, Job has grown spiritually, and now he takes a different approach. Instead of reasoning, he decides to stand on God’s Word: ‘But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I shall come forth as gold. My feet have closely followed his steps; I have kept to his way without turning aside. I have not departed from the commands of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread’ (Job 23:10-12 NIVUK). By the last chapter of his book, Job has decided to trust God completely: ‘I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted … My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you’ (Job 42:2, 5 NIV). Job has finally arrived at the place where he can say, ‘I trust God; there is no need to worry!’ After nine months of worrying, questioning, and reasoning, he decides he doesn’t need answers to all his questions; he only needs to know that God cares for him. And his story ends in these words: ‘The LORD restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before’ (v. 10 NIV). There you have it; the steps to overcoming your worries!

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The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023

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