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03/16/2012

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Why Hang In?


"Then Job replied to the Lord: 'I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted'" (Job 42:1).

Job has gone through great loss and humiliation. He has been abandoned by everyone, but Job decided to hang in...Earlier he has said: "Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him; I will surely defend my ways to his face" (13:15). No matter what happens, Job intends to seek vindication from God and believes that he will receive it. Job believes in his innocence and wants to plead his case before God... "I would give him an account of my every step; like a prince I would approach him" (31:37). He finally gets the chance, but after God speaks to him, he is duly chastened and no longer has this "princely attitude." Today's verse truly reflects the result of Job's hangin' in. Job has become a person of great faith when he decides to "let go and let God." He has developed this wonderful perspective. The perspective that God is faithful and only He can give us faithfulness. Hebrews 11 is the Bible's "Hall of Fame of Faith." Abel, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and Moses are given as examples. Their great faith had them do things, even when they might not have seemed logical, because that's what God wanted. With this powerful faith, Job was able to utter the words in today's verse. People who have this great faith will develop an acute sense of living in the moment. A great sculptor was asked what his greatest work was. He immediately responded; "my next one." This is a great answer to why hang in.... We must believe in God's great plan and that the best has yet to come...

Have a wonderful day....The best has yet to come... Love mark Phil.4:11

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