I’ve joined my blogging friends for a new facet of my blog, called His Encouragement, inspiring scriptures shared each Thursday. My hope and my prayer is that these scriptures each week will bless your heart and encourage your soul.
I’m very excited to share my personal verse for 2021 and begin a new journey together through the Word of God.
“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”Psalm 16:11 KJV
This leads into a theme for this year’s His Encouragement posts. Each week, I will look at another “path” found in the Bible. We will also look at verses with the word “lead.” I hope that as we journey together through these verses that we all will learn a little more about God and the paths he has for us to take in our lives.
Today’s verse is Job 30:13 KJV – They mar my path, they set forward my calamity, they have no helper.
As I studied to share this verse today, I knew I needed to look deeper than just this verse. I mean, it’s not very encouraging is it? The word “mar” means to break down, to tear down. In this chapter of Job, Job is lamenting the fact that because of his trials it has given leave for his enemies to mock, scorn, and ridicule him. In the next chapter, Job goes through a list of “bad things” that if he had done, he would deserve this “punishment” but he declares himself pure from all those things. Basically, he says, if I had done even one of these things, I would deserve this, but look at my life. I’ve done right. I’ve tried to please God. Why is this happening to me? I don’t deserve this.
And, then after a few chapters of a young man named Elihu just chewing Job and his friends out, God himself finally speaks. And what does He say? In a nutshell, He tells Job; I am God and you are not. It’s not for you to understand why these things are happening. If I have designed for this to be your path, then I know what I’m doing and I have a perfect plan for your life.
Have you ever had bad things happen in your life that you feel like you don’t deserve? You don’t understand why your path has headed a certain direction. You don’t feel you’ve done anything to deserve God’s punishment, but punished you feel. You look over your life and try to see what you’ve done that would make God angry with you, to find a cause behind this terrible tragedy or circumstances?
God desires for us to understand and accept the fact that things happen in life that aren’t because of something we did. We aren’t being punished. He’s not angry with us. Some things happen for reasons we cannot comprehend simply because He is God and we are not. He never said this life would be easy or trouble free. Sometimes, like in Job’s case, God puts us through the fire simply to come out as gold on the other side.
“Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him: But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” (Job 23:8-10)
And sometimes, God sends us through trials so that He may be glorified through our lives.
“And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. (John 9:2-3)
It makes me think of Fanny Crosby, a woman who was born seeing, but a medical treatment blinded her as an infant. She didn’t deserve for that to happen to her, but in her later years, she said that “if earthy sight was offered me tomorrow, I would not accept it.” Fanny knew that had she been sighted, she may not have had the heavenly vision that allowed her to write so many beautiful hymns that touch lives even to this day over 100 years after her death.
So, while we may not understand the direction our path has taken, and we may feel we don’t deserve the bad things that happen to us. We can have confidence in the One who created us that He has a reason.
What scripture is encouraging you today? Share it with us!
Check out these other blogs for more encouragement from God’s word for your Thursday.
Nicole @ Christian Fiction Girl
Trisha @ Joy of Reading
Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective
Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home
Becca @ The Becca Files
Jenny @ Author Jenny Lynn
Rebecca @ Rev. Rebecca Writes
Andi @ Radiant Light
Leslie @ Edits & Reviews by Leslie
Claudia @ Claudia Moser
Keneesha @ Women Loving God’s Way