Monday, April 21, 2014

Is It The Enemy?

Job 5:17-19  "Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects; therefore do  not despise the chastening of the Almighty.  For He bruises, but He binds up; He wounds, but His hands make whole.  He shall deliver you in six troubles, yes, in seven no evil shall touch you."

MB 11  "When tribulation comes upon us, how many of us are like Jacob!  We think it is the hand of an enemy; and in the darkness we wrestle blindly until our strength is spent, and we find no comfort or deliverance.  To Jacob the divine touch at break of day revealed the One with whom he had been contending--the Angel of the covenant ; and, weeping and helpless he fell upon the breast of infinite love, to receive the blessing for which his soul longed.  We also need to learn that trials mean benefit, and not to despise the chastening of the Lord nor faint when we are rebuked of Him."

There comes a time of healing from the Lord as Jacob found out and when it comes it is such a relief we usually fall on our knees and thank Him for seeing us through and thank Him that it was He who was chastening us and not the enemy.  Let's remember to accept the chastening of the Lord, even though it seems hard at the time.  Keep your faith built up in Him.  Grandma Joan

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