A New Thing?

” Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?”  In all this, Job did not sin with his lips. Job 2:10

Day 4 of being jobless.  Adam’s found a few ads to go and check out and see if he can get some interviews tomorrow.  Still don’t find myself particularly worried.  Actually finding myself more and more excited waiting to see what God will do.

Back on New Year’s Eve, I was reading in my bible and praying about the coming new year and one set of verses really came out at me.  I took them as a promise from the Lord and began to pray them specifically.

Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old.  Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it?  I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”  Is. 43:18-19

Since then, I have been seeing little things happening and knowing His presence closer than before.  It is exciting to watch God work.  I can’t really explain all the tiny details that I see, but I do see God beginning to work in my family’s life in new ways recently.  For instance, about a week ago, I overheard a not-so-typical conversation between my two oldest boys while playing Legos.  I heard Gavin (9) explaining to Jacob (7) how to pray.  “It’s easy, Jake.  You just talk to God like you’re talking to me right now.   Doesn’t have to be fancy….”  Gavin says.  Thrilled me to the bone to hear my two little boys discussing spiritual matters without even a promting from me or their Daddy!  A few minutes later, Jacob came to me wanting me to show him how to ask Jesus into his heart and be saved (something Gavin also did a year ago)!  What a blessing!  Now both boys are wanting to be baptised.  🙂

Like I said, the Lord as been exceptionally close in the past few weeks, and then giving me this promise at New Year’s, and then saving one more of my boys… well, it’s getting more and more exciting to watch what else He’s going to do this year!  As for the job loss, I think this is also part of the “new thing” which He promised.  I know to most that would sound crazy.  After all, job loss is a BAD thing, right?  Not every “bad” thing is, well, a bad thing.

“But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.” Job 23:10

Very few, if any, know loss like Job did.  Job didn’t know why God was allowing the things that were happening to him, but he trusted God.  He knew God was in control and was confident in God’s perfect justice and righteousness and stood fast in his faith even though his own wife even told him to “curse God and die!”  Wow.  Look at what else Job says:

“Though He slay me, yet I will trust Him.”  Job 13:15

Wow, now that’s trust.  I know that God is absolutely in control here.  If God hadn’t allowed this to happen, it wouldn’t have.  Simple.  But everything He does (or simply allows) is for a reason and always for my good, whether I understand it yet or not.

In the end, Job’s wealth, family, house, and health was finally restored, his faith enlarged, and through it all, Job retained his integrity and “did not sin with His lips.”  (Job 2:10)  I pray that we, too, after He has tested us, “shall come forth as gold” as well, and may God be glorified in it!

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