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Choices

Posted by Carol on November 27, 2007

Job 42:2 “I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted.”  

All families go through hard times – sickness, loss of a job, loss of a loved one, divorce – the list can go on and on.  Our family is no exception.  Right now my immediate family is fine, but some of our extended family is going through some heavy duty, faith-testing, spirit-crushing pain. 

It is sort of like Job’s situation, only I can’t know that it is for the same reasons that Job went through his trials. These family members were very wealthy, they lost all of it.  They were very respected in their community, most of their friends and some family have turned their backs on them.  He held a position of responsibility in their church, not many of the church family visit him anymore. Nothing of what they are going through can be blamed on any purposeful wrong choices or malice on their part.

As in all trials and problems advice is sought, prayers for wisdom are prayed, decisions are made, and a path is chosen.  We will see in the near future what results those decisions will bring. It is natural to second guess those decisions especially when your heart and mind are swimming with emotions. We need to remember that God’s plans will not be thwarted because of us or in spite of us.  We do the best we can, and God is always sovereign.

We (and many others) have prayed for these family members and their situation, we have supported them financially and done whatever we could do to help them.  God hears our prayers and is moved by them.  He listens to our requests and feels our pain.  No pain is wasted with God, it is all for our benefit and His glory. So with all the prayers that have been lifted on their behalf, and the wise counsel they have sought, I have confidence that God’s will will be done.  Of course, we pray that His will is to remove them from this situation, but perhaps He will choose to keep them there.  Then it is our job to keep on choosing faith, choosing joy, choosing life.

 Deut. 30 :19 “…I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses, now choose life so that you and your children may live.”

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3 Responses to “Choices”

  1. […] have some family members going through an extremely difficult time.  I wrote about that here.  Maybe someday I can tell you the whole story.  But things are still not going well there.  As […]

  2. […] especially spoke to my heart because of the things some of my family is going through (see “Choices“). I am posting what Max (I bet he doesn’t know we are on a first name basis) had to […]

  3. Beautiful post….I can so relate.

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