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
An exhilarating path it is but a lonely one. Each segment of this path brings its trials and troubles but also its rewards along with proof and assurance that any segment of it is more than worth the endeavour.
I knew a man by whom I met Judas Iscariot. Judas, I learned, was a glory seeker, one who wanted in on the best this world had to offer and who was prepared to betray any association to get what he wanted. Ironically, what he wanted was belonging, acceptance, social security. He lost it all or rather, lost all opportunity of gaining such because he never did have it.
It seemed we were saying farewell to all things of our past, not just human friends or acquaintances. It also seemed I was prophesying a parting in the future but which would come to an end, never to happen again.