Trusting the Invisible God

Posted: July 14, 2011 in Job

Job 22-24, “Trusting the Invisible God”

What do you do when you need to know God is at work, but you just can’t see what He’s doing?  Maybe you’ve been holding on by a thread to a situation (marriage, prodigal son/daughter, finances, etc.) – you know the promises of God regarding what it is that you face, and you’re trying to hold on, but it’s just hard.  Day after day goes by & you just don’t know what God is doing…how do you hang on?

That’s where Job found himself.  He’s been blindsided by a series of tragedies, that if most people faced a single one, we’d be overwhelmed.  He’s been afflicted with a painful skin disease & his wife has told him to die.  Even his friends haven’t been any help.  Instead of bringing comfort, they heap criticism upon Job (which will continue tonight).  Job feels alone & he can’t see what God is doing…what can he do?  He can trust in the invisible God.  God IS there & God IS at work, even if Job can’t yet see it.  In the meantime, he needs to trust.

Before we get to Job, we get one more round of criticism from one of his friends.  The people that came to comfort have been condescending & critical – and that doesn’t change with Eliphaz.  This will be Eliphaz’s last discourse with Job, and it’s a doozy.

Job 22 (NKJV)
1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said: 2 “Can a man be profitable to God, Though he who is wise may be profitable to himself? 3 Is it any pleasure to the Almighty that you are righteous? Or is it gain to Him that you make your ways blameless?

  1. Give credit where credit is due – at least Eliphaz changed his opening arguments.  Usually the friends have basically told Job to be quiet & stop wasting breath.  At least now, Eliphaz is jumping into his argument.  Unfortunately, he doesn’t stop insulting Job.  Although his questions sound pious, what he’s basically saying is: “What makes you think you’re so special to God?  What makes you think you’re profitable to God in the slightest?”
  2. On one hand, Eliphaz has a point.  We can’t “add” anything to God that He doesn’t already have.  God is not deficient in some way that needs to be corrected by us; He’s fully sufficient in Himself.  Yet none of that means that God doesn’t care for us.  Eliphaz’s false idea of God (idolatrous!) is that God is so dispassionate, He’s completely beyond His creation & cares nothing for it.  Eliphaz upholds God’s sovereignty, but he mischaracterizes it – making God out to be uncaring & unloving towards His creation.  That’s simply not true!  God DOES care for us!  Jesus is the friend of sinners (Luke 7:34) & He loves us even though we are unlovable.  God cares deeply about His creation – so much so that He sent His only begotten Son to die on our behalf, when we least deserved it.

4 “Is it because of your fear of Him that He corrects you, And enters into judgment with you? 5 Is not your wickedness great, And your iniquity without end?

  1. Eliphaz is about to list off a grand litany of sins that Job had supposedly committed.  His reasoning has always been: “God only punishes sinners.  Job appears to be punished greatly, so he must be a great sinner indeed.”  Because Eliphaz is stuck in that rut of limited logic, he simply sees no other option for Job.  In his mind, Job obviously did not fear the Lord (reverence the Lord) because God was judging him in discipline.
  2. Keep in mind that in all of the sins that Eliphaz will list off, he offers no proof of anything.  Because of Job’s suffering, Eliphaz assumes Job’s sin; he’s got no evidence of any sin.  (In fact, we know the opposite: Ch 1-2 assure us that Job had NOT sinned!)  So who’s sinning here?  Eliphaz – by bearing false witness of his friend. (9th Commandment).  No wonder God will later tell Eliphaz to offer sacrifices for sin!
    1. It’s a good reminder to us that if we’re going to confront someone because of supposed sin, it’d better be true.  Just because someone did something that we don’t agree with, or that we don’t like, doesn’t mean that they’ve sinned.  We may have our dander up, but that’s not necessarily evidence that the other person did anything wrong.  We need to double-check our own heart & be careful not to toss out false allegations.

6 For you have taken pledges from your brother for no reason, And stripped the naked of their clothing. 7 You have not given the weary water to drink, And you have withheld bread from the hungry. 8 But the mighty man possessed the land, And the honorable man dwelt in it. 9 You have sent widows away empty, And the strength of the fatherless was crushed.

  1. Accuses Job of oppressing the poor.  Whether it was taking unwarranted pledges from people who were indebted to him, or taking their clothing, or being uncaring to the widows & orphans, Eliphaz accused Job of sins that strikes at the heart of things greatly important to God.  The psalms call God a father to the fatherless & defender of widows (Ps 68:5) & God specifically warned the nation of Israel not to oppress the orphans & widows in the land, lest He make their own people into widows & orphans (Exo 22:22-24).  The way we treat those who have no protection & provision for themselves is vastly important to God.  Those who are forgotten by the world are remembered by God, and He will be their protection & provision.  (No wonder that pure religion in the sight of God is to help widows & orphans! Jas 1:27)
  2. Had Job done any of this injustice?  Absolutely not.  The opening verses of Ch 1 tell us that Job was “blameless & upright & one who feared God & shunned evil.”  Although that doesn’t specifically speak to the way he treated the poor, it’s evident that Job could not have treated them badly & still be thought of as blameless & upright.  This is just one more false accusation against him.
    1. Keep in mind that these are his “friends” that are making these false accusations.  How tragic!  Job is already suffering immensely & on top of everything else, he has to deal with the stress of gossip, lies, and betrayal.  It’s no wonder he labeled his friends as “miserable comforters.”  They were anything BUT comforting!

10 Therefore snares are all around you, And sudden fear troubles you, 11 Or darkness so that you cannot see; And an abundance of water covers you.

  1. Basically saying: “Do you want to know why it feels like you’re drowning?  All of your problems are your fault!  If you hadn’t sinned & committed such wickedness, none of this would have happened to you.  You OUGHT to feel like you’re drowning!”  With friend like that, who needs enemies?

12 “Is not God in the height of heaven? And see the highest stars, how lofty they are! 13 And you say, ‘What does God know? Can He judge through the deep darkness? 14 Thick clouds cover Him, so that He cannot see, And He walks above the circle of heaven.’

  1. Again, Eliphaz goes back to his lofty idea of God.  To him, God was so high above the rest of us that He simply didn’t care about our troubles.  He accused Job of taking this idea to a wrong extreme, as if God was so physically high above the earth that God couldn’t see what was happening below.  In Eliphaz’s mind, it wasn’t that God couldn’t see; it’s that it didn’t matter to God.  Job ought to just suck it up & take the punishment that God was dishing out to him.
  2. Beyond the false picture of God that Eliphaz paints, he doesn’t even get Job’s view of God down right.  Job never claimed that God couldn’t see him.  On the contrary, Job felt as if he was too much in the sight of God!  Job never once denied God’s omniscience; he just didn’t understand God’s actions.  He claimed in Ch 19:8 that God had “set darkness in [his] paths.”  That wasn’t any sort of physical darkness that God couldn’t see through (God obviously has no physical limitations!); it was a spiritual darkness that Job himself could not penetrate.
  3. What Eliphaz did was to take Job’s doubts & questions & then use them as a club to beat up on Job while he was down.  Sometimes people in the church have a tendency to do the same thing.  Someone might be suffering through some sort of dark time in their life, and a well-meaning friend comes alongside & proclaims: “Don’t you have any faith?  How can you dare doubt God?!  To doubt God is to sin against Him.”  Absolutely wrong!  There are some times in our lives where we just have questions & those questions don’t have any easy answers (if answers exist at all).  It’s possible to have questions about God without blaspheming His name.  Our God is big enough to take any question that we can throw at Him.

15 Will you keep to the old way Which wicked men have trod, 16 Who were cut down before their time, Whose foundations were swept away by a flood? 17 They said to God, ‘Depart from us! What can the Almighty do to them?’ 18 Yet He filled their houses with good things; But the counsel of the wicked is far from me.

  1. Just as Job claimed his wisdom from experience & the things he witnessed, Eliphaz does the same thing in return.  Job had pointed out the prosperity of the wicked; Eliphaz takes that as proof of Job’s own wickedness.  Again – all due to his limited theology.  Because Job was suffering, it was inescapable to Eliphaz that Job had done evil.  Thus when Job said that sometimes the wicked prosper, Eliphaz says, “You’re right – and you’re the proof!”

19 “The righteous see it and are glad, And the innocent laugh at them: 20 ‘Surely our adversaries are cut down, And the fire consumes their remnant.’

  1. Eliphaz goes one step further.  He agrees with Job that sometimes the wicked prosper, but he emphasizes the idea that God DOES eventually judge them.  And when He does, those who are truly “righteous” (at least in Eliphaz’s sight), would laugh at the calamity that falls upon the wicked.  Keep in mind that the fire of God is how Job lost much of his livestock & servants – for Eliphaz to claim that “fire consumes their remnant” would have been especially stinging.
  2. Since the righteous were supposed to laugh at the fate of the wicked, does that mean that Eliphaz was laughing at Job?  That certainly seems to be the implication.  Which brings up a good question: what SHOULD our reaction to the justice of God be?  When we see God act in His righteous character upon those deserving of punishment, how ought a born-again believer respond?  Although gloating in laughter would be wrong, believers can respond with joy.  When the harlot city of Babylon is overthrown at the end of the Tribulation, the call will go out to heaven to rejoice (Rev 18:20) – that’s a valid reaction.  We CAN rejoice in the goodness, righteousness, and justice of God.  That’s not to say that we ought to be gleeful & gloat (although vengeance belongs to the Lord, God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked), but the justice of God is good.

21 “Now acquaint yourself with Him, and be at peace; Thereby good will come to you. 22 Receive, please, instruction from His mouth, And lay up His words in your heart. 23 If you return to the Almighty, you will be built up; You will remove iniquity far from your tents. 24 Then you will lay your gold in the dust, And the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks.

  1. This sounds rather pious, but remember that it’s come after a ton of insults.  Eliphaz has accused Job of horrendous sins (without proof), and then comes back around with supposed sweetness to say, “Now if you’ll just repent of all of those terrible sins, then God would be sure to bless you.”  Sure – if Job just lied & admit to sins he never committed, then he’d be ok.  Of course not…he’d be sinning in the process of repentance!
  2. Keep in mind that what Eliphaz is presenting here is often presented in many teaching ministries today: “Do good, have faith, and God will give you health & wealth.”  To Eliphaz, blessing is physical (just like suffering is physical), thus if Job simply had enough faith, God would bless him physically, because Job supposedly turned back to God.  We hear this all the time today under the guise that if we had enough faith, God would give us the financial blessing we’re looking for – or God would automatically heal our every disease.  When God doesn’t do it, it must mean we’ve either got sin in our life, or we don’t have enough faith that God will do according to His word.  To be clear: that’s a false teaching.  If nothing else, the book of Job proves that to be a lie.
    1. Will good come to someone who repents & trusts God?  Yes.  But that good is primarily spiritual; not physical.  That’s not to say God never gives physical blessing, but the promise that we have from God through Christ Jesus is abundant life in the Spirit – without a focus on the flesh.

25 Yes, the Almighty will be your gold And your precious silver; 26 For then you will have your delight in the Almighty, And lift up your face to God. 27 You will make your prayer to Him, He will hear you, And you will pay your vows.

  1. This is something we can “Amen.”  To those who repent & have faith in God through Christ Jesus, the Lord IS our delight!  Better than gold, silver, or rubies – the Lord God is more valuable than any of those things.  When we have that relationship with God through Christ, we can be assured that God hears our prayers, because we have the mediator of Christ Jesus.
  2. Yet what Eliphaz suggests was not untrue of Job.  Granted, Job wondered if his prayers were being heard by the Lord at all, but prior to his sufferings, there was no doubt that Job delighted in the Lord more than all of his possessions.  God had heard his prayers in the past – God will affirm that He hears Job’s prayers in the future – and we can be just as sure that although God seemed to be silent during Job’s sufferings, that He heard all of Job’s prayers at those times as well.  Will sin hinder our relationship with God?  Absolutely.  God’s word gives a warning to husbands to dwell with our wives with understanding that our prayers wouldn’t be hindered (1 Pt 3:7).  But when sin isn’t in the way, there are still times that it may “feel” as if our prayers are not being heard.  Based upon the authority of the word of God, we can be assured that God hears every single one!

28 You will also declare a thing, And it will be established for you; So light will shine on your ways. 29 When they cast you down, and you say, ‘Exaltation will come!’ Then He will save the humble person. 30 He will even deliver one who is not innocent; Yes, he will be delivered by the purity of your hands.”

  1. Eliphaz goes on to tell Job of all the blessings he would receive from those around him if Job but repented & trusted the Lord God.  Not only would his wealth be restored & relationship with God be restored, but his reputation among the people would be restored.  Again – all of it sounds great, if it were only applicable to Job’s situation. 

Job 23 (NKJV)
1 Then Job answered and said: 2 “Even today my complaint is bitter; My hand is listless because of my groaning.

  1. Interesting that Job doesn’t even address Eliphaz in this.  Apparently he figured that none of his friends were listening to him, and Eliphaz’s last speech accused him of sins he never committed.  Job wasn’t even going to dignify the false accusations with a response.
  2. Of course, his spiritual pain hasn’t abated.  All of this talking & groaning has gone on for 22 chapters & he still doesn’t have any answers.

3 Oh, that I knew where I might find Him, That I might come to His seat! 4 I would present my case before Him, And fill my mouth with arguments. 5 I would know the words which He would answer me, And understand what He would say to me. 6 Would He contend with me in His great power? No! But He would take note of me. 7 There the upright could reason with Him, And I would be delivered forever from my Judge.

  1. Job goes back to his analogy of a courtroom.  If only he could reason with God in court, surely God would find him innocent of any cause for suffering.  All he really wants is the opportunity to take his case to God.
  2. Of course, from knowing the end of the book, we know that Job will get his chance!  Yet his response to God then will be drastically different than what he boasts of what his response will be now.  Job is beginning to show a bit of arrogance here – inferring that there would be no way God would dare contend with Job in God’s power because surely God would acknowledge Job was right all along.  Job is subtly starting to put himself in judgment over God, and this is going to be God’s main point of correction with him when God finally speaks.
    1. How important it is for us to remember that God is God & we’re not.  If we just get that part right, it’ll keep us out of a lot of trouble!  When we start to say, “Well if I were God, I’d do better with this,” we’re opening up the door for pride & judgmentalism to come in.  He is our God; we are His servants.  God always knows what is best & we need to trust Him.

8 “Look, I go forward, but He is not there, And backward, but I cannot perceive Him; 9 When He works on the left hand, I cannot behold Him; When He turns to the right hand, I cannot see Him.

  1. The problem for Job is not that God can’t see him (as Eliphaz suggested), but rather that he cannot see God.  Job doesn’t understand God’s actions & he can’t see God at work – which is understandably frustrating to Job, especially due to his suffering.  At the time when he most needs to see God at work, he simply sees nothing.
  2. Sometimes we’re in the same place as Job & we don’t see what God is doing.  All we see is life spinning out of control & although we’re staying on our knees in prayer & trying to act as God would have us to act, it just seems as things are getting worse instead of better.  We want to see the promises of God come to fruition, but we’re just not seeing anything.  What do we do?  Hold on.  The person stuck in the car wreck will never see the ambulance leave the hospital, but that doesn’t mean help isn’t on the way. We can be assured that God IS working – even if we don’t see it or understand what He’s doing.  We need to trust our God to be the God He has shown Himself to be through the Scripture.

10 But He knows the way that I take; When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.

  1. If he ever did get the court date he’s been looking for, Job is confident of the outcome of any trial.  Actually, Job is more correct that what he realized at the time.  Contextually, Job’s comment applies to his own past righteousness – knowing that if he was put on trial for some sort of sin that deserved the suffering he got, that he would be found innocent of the charges (especially the false charges of Eliphaz).  Yet beyond that idea, the entire experience Job is walking through is indeed a test that he’s facing – and when God brings him out on the other side, he will indeed come forth as gold!  By the end of the book, Job has a better understanding of God, Job’s character has been refined, and God restored unto him what he had originally lost.  Golden!
  2. Gold is an appropriate analogy because gold is tested when it is refined in a furnace.  (Wiersbe) “When God puts His own people into the furnace, He keeps His eye on the clock and His hand on the thermostat. He knows how long and how much. We may question why He does it to begin with, or why He doesn’t turn down the heat or even turn it off; but our questions are only evidences of unbelief. Job 23:10 is the answer: “But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come come forth as gold” (NKJV). Gold does not fear the fire. The furnace can only make the gold purer and brighter.”

11 My foot has held fast to His steps; I have kept His way and not turned aside. 12 I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth More than my necessary food.

  1. Holding fast to his innocence.  Again, he’s not guilty of breaking the commandments of God.  That’s not to say that Job was completely sinless & without the need for redemption, but Job had lived his life as blameless before the Lord, and performed sacrifices when needed, trusting God in the atonement He would provide.

13 “But He is unique, and who can make Him change? And whatever His soul desires, that He does. 14 For He performs what is appointed for me, And many such things are with Him.

  1. Even with his questions & doubts, Job gets it: God is God & we’re not.  We cannot force God to do anything – we cannot manipulate Him into blessing us through our giving or our faith.  God will do what He does according to His will & His promise.  We may not understand it all, but God does.

15 Therefore I am terrified at His presence; When I consider this, I am afraid of Him. 16 For God made my heart weak, And the Almighty terrifies me; 17 Because I was not cut off from the presence of darkness, And He did not hide deep darkness from my face.

  1. Why would Job be terrified?  Because of a lack of understanding.  In his mind, God was the one who directly caused all of his afflictions.  The loss of children, servants, property, and health had been (in his mind) caused by the direct hand of God.  Remember that Job didn’t know of Satan’s role in all of this.  God had allowed it to happen, but Satan was the one who hurt Job in these ways.  Thus Job was (understandably) terrified of God.
  2. We do need to fear God, but we don’t need to be terrified of Him.  To fear God is good & right (it’s the beginning of wisdom & knowledge).  Yet because we have Mediator in Christ, we never need be terrified of God.  We don’t need to run & hide because Jesus has already taken the wrath of God that we deserved upon Himself.  Thus God may discipline us – but that is a sign of His love as a Father to a child, and not a reason to attempt to hide ourselves from God.

Job 24 (NKJV)
1 “Since times are not hidden from the Almighty, Why do those who know Him see not His days?

  1. Now Job more directly turns his attention to Eliphaz.  Eliphaz had accused Job of thinking that God couldn’t see the earth.  (As if the omniscient omnipresent God had trouble seeing through cloud cover!)  Job affirms that God indeed DOES see all these things.  God sees all the evil in the world, and yet He still allows it to happen.
  2. This is a difficult concept for many people today.  If God is all-powerful & all-good, then how could He allow evil in the world?  If He is all-powerful then He’s got the ability to stop the evil.  If He’s all-good, He should want to stop the evil.  Unable to reconcile the ideas, many people reject God on this basis alone.  Question: how does a Christian respond to this?  The Bible affirms that God IS always good & absolutely benevolent.  He has compassion upon all those He has made in His image.  The Bible also affirms that God is all-powerful & there is nothing too hard for Him to do.  Yet there’s one other factor that’s left out of the equation: the Bible also affirms that we live in a fallen world due to sin.  COULD God stop all evil?  Absolutely.  WILL God stop all evil?  Eventually.  That’s exactly the outcome we read at the end of the book of Revelation.  But in the meantime, we live in a fallen world due to sin.  Praise God that He has already provided the answer to sin: the cross & resurrection of Jesus Christ!
  3. Job is going to list off some of the crimes that seem to go unanswered in the earth…

2 “Some remove landmarks; They seize flocks violently and feed on them; 3 They drive away the donkey of the fatherless; They take the widow’s ox as a pledge. 4 They push the needy off the road; All the poor of the land are forced to hide.

  1. To remove a landmark was to change land-boundaries.  It’s basic theft.
  2. Job also points out the oppression of the poor.  Eliphaz had accused Job of these things, and although Job himself didn’t do it, it was (and is!) a very real problem.  Job goes on to talk about the plight of the poor.

5 Indeed, like wild donkeys in the desert, They go out to their work, searching for food. The wilderness yields food for them and for their children. 6 They gather their fodder in the field And glean in the vineyard of the wicked. 7 They spend the night naked, without clothing, And have no covering in the cold. 8 They are wet with the showers of the mountains, And huddle around the rock for want of shelter.

  1. Basically, the poor who are oppressed are left unprotected.  They’ve got to forage for food that’s kept away from them – they have to go cold & hungry & look for shelter where they can find it.
  2. None of this has changed from ancient days.  This is still the plight of the poor.  Will they always be with us?  Yes – but that’s no reason not to demonstrate the love of Christ to them when given the opportunity.

9 “Some snatch the fatherless from the breast, And take a pledge from the poor. 10 They cause the poor to go naked, without clothing; And they take away the sheaves from the hungry. 11 They press out oil within their walls, And tread winepresses, yet suffer thirst. 12 The dying groan in the city, And the souls of the wounded cry out; Yet God does not charge them with wrong.

  1. Other examples of oppression.  Just awful acts towards one another…the opposite of how we’re supposed to act (in love).
  2. Of course God DOES charge them with wrong.  We may not see it in this life, but no sin escapes the sight of God.  God takes up the cause of the fatherless & the widow – He knows when people have been oppressed, and there is no sin that does not either find its answer in the cross of Christ or the lake of fire in Hell.  Every single human being will stand before God & give an account of our actions.

13 “There are those who rebel against the light; They do not know its ways Nor abide in its paths. 14 The murderer rises with the light; He kills the poor and needy; And in the night he is like a thief. 15 The eye of the adulterer waits for the twilight, Saying, ‘No eye will see me’; And he disguises his face. 16 In the dark they break into houses Which they marked for themselves in the daytime; They do not know the light. 17 For the morning is the same to them as the shadow of death; If someone recognizes them, They are in the terrors of the shadow of death.

  1. Referring to the impunity in which some people sin.  They have no fear of God & thus they have no fear of eternal consequences.  As long as they believe they will never get caught, they go off sinning as much as they possibly can.
  2. The modern atheists today try to charge religious believers with all the atrocities in the world, but history proves that the worst sins in modern history have been committed by those with no fear of God. Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot killed scores of millions of people & were decidedly atheist.  (Including Hitler, who only used Christianity for his own purposes & discarded it when it was no longer necessary to maintain power.)  To know that we will be held in account for our actions in this life is a powerful incentive to seek to humble ourselves before the Almighty God.

18 “They should be swift on the face of the waters, Their portion should be cursed in the earth, So that no one would turn into the way of their vineyards. 19 As drought and heat consume the snow waters, So the grave consumes those who have sinned. 20 The womb should forget him, The worm should feed sweetly on him; He should be remembered no more, And wickedness should be broken like a tree. 21 For he preys on the barren who do not bear, And does no good for the widow.

  1. Although the wicked seems to sin with impunity now with no fear of punishment, this is what they ought to experience.  They ought to experience the righteous judgment of God & those who have been victimized ought to see the justice of the Lord.
  2. What Job longs for is right to long for – but it’s also the truth!  Earthly justice may be slow in coming, but God’s justice is absolutely perfect & it is eternal in its scope.  Wait upon the Lord!  He will show Himself to be righteous.

22 “But God draws the mighty away with His power; He rises up, but no man is sure of life. 23 He gives them security, and they rely on it; Yet His eyes are on their ways. 24 They are exalted for a little while, Then they are gone. They are brought low; They are taken out of the way like all others; They dry out like the heads of grain.

  1. Even in Job’s cynicism regarding earthly justice, he understands that God will eventually judge all sin.  An evil man may be exalted for a while, but eventually he (like all of us) will face death.  It’s appointed to man once to die & after that, face the judgment of God (Heb 9:27).

25 “Now if it is not so, who will prove me a liar, And make my speech worth nothing?”

  1. Taunting them with the facts.

Conclusion:
God IS just, even when we can’t see it.  God DOES hear our prayer, even if we can’t hear Him answer.  It may feel as if we can’t find God, but for those who are in Christ Jesus, we can KNOW that although it may seem that God is invisible, He is right there all along.  We can stand on the assurance of God’s promises that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Heb 13:5) & Jesus’ own words to us that He would be with us always, even to the end of the age (Matt 28:20).  So what do we do?  TRUST God.  Trust the God who sees all – even when we cannot see what He is doing. 

Keep in mind that if for no other reason, our salvation has proven that God is worthy of our trust!  He’s shown Himself to be faithful to His promises to send a Savior for us in Jesus Christ, who died for us & rose again.  He’s proven His love for us when Christ died for us while we were yet sinners.  He’s given us a down-payment on eternity by sending the Holy Spirit to indwell us.  We have an abundance of reasons to trust God – and there’s no more necessary time for our trust than the times we CAN’T understand or see what God is doing.  In those times, hold fast & ask for the strength to trust Him more.

Some of you may be going through one of those instances tonight.  Go to your Heavenly Father tonight & declare your trust in Him.  Ask Jesus to give you the strength you need through the Holy Spirit. Others of you may need to trust God for the greatest gift He’s ever offered: salvation through Jesus Christ.  Turn to Him through repentance & faith tonight.

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