Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, October 14th, 2017
Imperfect Heroes (Part 6)
Naked I came from my mother's womb,

And naked I shall return there.

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away.

Blessed be the Name of the Lord.
Job 1:21 (NASB)
As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,

And at the last He will take His stand on the earth.

Job 19:25 (NASB)
Job, the most godly man of his era, earned the title of imperfect hero following an avalanche of losses: namely his children, livestock, wealth and health. Once done, Job's wife added, 'Curse God and die' (Job 2:9).

Next, his closest friends came to visit him. At first, they commiserated with Job. But after awhile, they couldn't resist speculating on what Job had done wrong for God to punish him so severely.

They added insult to Job's injuries. Although Job never cursed his Creator, but instead continued to trust in God, he did overstate his own righteousness...

Until the Lord gave Job a grand lecture, denounced his friends' wrongful accusations, and restored Job's life better than before.

Learn three things from this imperfect hero:

1) If you suffer overwhelming losses, be patient and continue to trust God. He is prepping you for a new platform. As with Christ, the best often lose the most.

2) Job's friends thoroughly misunderstood God, although they thought themselves extremely wise. But wisdom is not proud or accusing. Those who think they know a lot often don't.

3) No person on earth can figure out God. Studying God is a worthy pursuit, but believing God is even better. The greatest Bible scholars in the world are bags of air without humility.

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Imperfect Heroes series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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