Twice in my life has the Lord enlightened me on this person in particular, once by revelation without the experience and the second time by a taste of what Job suffered, taking me back to my mother’s womb, my earthly origins. It is not our righteousness.
There once was a man in the land of Uz;
Perfect and upright was he;
He offered sacrifices for himself and his sons
And his daughters religiously.
One day the Lord saw He had to break a man;
He put the devil to the job you see.
The devil took his goods but wasn’t satisfied with that…
He also took his family.
And Job said, “Naked have I come from my mother’s womb,
Naked will I return;
The Lord did give and the Lord takes away;
Blessed be the Name of the Lord.”
Still the Lord saw He had to break a man;
And all Job had left was his wife.
The Lord sent the devil in to plaster Job with boils
But told him to spare his life.
And Job said, “Shall we receive good at the hand of God,
And shall we not receive evil too?
Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him,
Yet I’ll maintain my own ways before Him.”
Days went by and Job was in a mess;
He couldn’t understand where he went wrong.
Then the Lord spoke to him and set his spirit straight
And Job began to sing a new song.
And Job said: “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear
But now my eye sees You;
Now I abhor myself and repent in dust and ashes,
Blessed be the Name of the Lord.” (last line over)
Prince Albert, SK; October 31, 1976
Music on The Path of Truth - Songs 1
We encountered an incident wherein religious people, friendly and all, counseled us to reconsider an undertaking we knew was the Lord's leading. We were learning that Satan's servants are ever there, with Bible under arm, God's praises on their lips, prepared to do battle "with love." The strange thing is that while I recall the Lord giving me what to say to these people, I do not recall what those words were, so occupied I was with learning another lesson.
In our losses we bore as we forsook all to follow the Lord, we were discovering that "a man's life does not consist in the abundance of that which he possesses." We were also learning about the sovereignty of God, how He is over all and engineers all things according to His will.