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“I’m not one to meddle in other people’s business but I just wanted to put you in the loop about what others are saying,” Mrs. Martin said to Jennifer.  They were sitting in Jennifer’s living-room.  Mrs. Martin had dropped by to drop off some books she had borrowed.  Jennifer had invited her to stay and have some tea.  Mrs. Martin declined but told Jennifer that she needed to have a word with her.  She seemed a bit concerned.

“Please tell me what you are talking about, Mrs. Martin,” she asked.

Mrs. Martin put her hand on Jennifer’s shoulder.  “I don’t know quite how to say this.”

“Just say it.”

“People are saying that you and Robert Foster are spending too much time together.  He’s married, you know.”

“I know he is, Mrs. Martin.  I serve on the church Finance Committee with her, remember?  What you have been hearing are nothing more than nasty rumors.  Pay no attention to them.”

“But someone said she saw you leaving his home one afternoon when his wife was out of town.”

“I was there to drop off some boxes of donations for Mr. Foster to take to the homeless shelter.  I couldn’t do it myself as I had another engagement and he offered to do it for me.  If you don’t believe me you can ask his son who was there.  That is the only time I went by the Fosters’ home when Susan wasn’t there.”

“Oh.”  Mrs. Martin looked embarrassed now.  “I’m sorry I troubled you with this.  I just thought you ought to know what people were saying.  I’d better leave now.”  She stood up and Jennifer walked with her to the door.

Jennifer felt sorry for her.  She knew she meant well.  “Thank you for letting me know,” she said.  “I will straighten the matter.  Good night, Mrs. Martin.”

“Good night, Jennifer.”

Jennifer closed the door quietly behind her and shook her head.  This was not the first time that people in the church gossiped about one of the members and sadly, it wouldn’t be the last.  The pastor needed to do something about it but he was more concerned about not ruffling feathers.  If nothing was done soon, he would have more to worry about than ruffling feathers.  Already people were leaving the church.  Many times she had considered leaving but she didn’t because she believed that God wanted her there.

 

When I read chapters 38 and 39 of the book of Job, I felt as if I was reading poetry.  The Lord’s words as He spoke of His creation and sovereignty are beautiful and rich.  We learn a lot too.  We learn that the ostrich is not loving toward her young.  She treats the, as if they are not hers.  We learn that God deprived her of wisdom and understanding.

He sends lightnings where He wants them to go.  They obey His command.  He hunts the prey for the lion and fills the appetite of their young.  He provides the food for the raven when its young cry out to Him because of lack of meat.  He knows when the wild goats give birth and the hinds calve.  He provides homes for the wild ass, and the eagle who at His command builds her nest up high.  Her home is on the rock where she can see her prey.  It is by God’s wisdom that the hawk flies south.  Every creation, all of nature responds to their Creator. God is reminding Job who is in charge and He is drawing his focus away from his situation and unto Himself.

God wants us to know that just as He knows every detail of the lives of the animals and nature that He knows every detail of our lives.  Just as He hears and responds to the cries of the raven’s young and just as He provides for the lions, just so He does for us.

Instead of questioning and wondering where God is during times of trouble and hardship, remember how He has taken care of us in the past and trust that He will in the present and in the future.  It is during these hard times that we ought to remember that God is in absolute control and that should give us some comfort and reassurance.

It is interesting that God speaks to Job in a whirlwind while with Elijah, it says, “And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind, an earthquake; and after the earthquake, a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire, a still small voice” – 1 Kings 19:11, 12.

God speaks to us in different ways—in whatever way that will grab our attention and by whatever means.  The way He responds to us depends on the situation we are in.  Sometimes as in Job’s case we are so caught up in our woes and troubles that we fail to hear the still small voice and when we have other voices clamouring for our attention that makes it even harder.  So, God has to do what He has to do to get our attention.  And other times we are able to hear the still small voice once we have stilled our own thoughts and blocked out the external noises and distractions.

Be thankful when God seeks your attention.



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