Job 1:21 - Dealing With Crisis.

Job 1:21 (TLB) "I came naked from my 
mothers womb," he said, "and I shall have nothing 
when I die. The Lord gave me everything I had, 
and they were his to take away. Blessed be the 
name of the Lord."  


A Special Message from Pastor Rick on the 
Walking Without Fear Through the Valley of 
   Health officials continue to offer common 
sense steps to contain, reduce, and prevent new 
infections of the coronavirus. But what should be our 
spiritual response to this pandemic? How can our hope 
in Christ remain firm as we walk through this 
dark valley? 
   I have a special message for you that 
includes reminders that God is always with you, to 
focus on what is unchanging, and that God can use 
you to minister to others even in this crisis. 
You can listen to my message by going to 
https://pastorrick.com/listen/ and finding Walking Without Fear Through the 
Valley of Virus (Parts 1 and 2). 
   We already know in advance that this 
virus will not last. It's a valley that we will 
walk through, and we're going to walk through it 
together. [Daily Devotional by Rick Warren: 


Handling Adversity
   Step into the time tunnel with me, and 
let's travel together back to Uz (not the wizard 
of, but the land of). Wherever it was, Uz had a 
citizen who was respected by everyone. Why? Because 
he was blameless, upright, God-fearing, and 
clean living. He had ten children, thousands of 
head of livestock, acres and acres of land, a 
great many servants, and a substantial stack of 
cash. No one would deny that he was "the greatest 
of all the men of the East." His name was Job, 
a synonym for integrity and godliness. 
   Yet, within a matter of hours, adversity 
fell upon this fine man like an avalanche of 
jagged rocks. He lost his livestock, his crops, his 
land, his servants, and all ten children. Soon 
thereafter he also lost his health. 
   The book that bears his name records an 
entry he made into his journal soon after the 
rocks stopped falling: "The LORD gave and the LORD 
has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD" 
(Job 1:21). 
   Following this incredible statement, God 
adds: "Through all this Job did not sin nor did he 
blame God" (1:22). 
   The logical questions are, Why didn't he? 
What kept him from bitterness or even thoughts of 
   At the risk of oversimplifying the 
situation, I suggest three basic answers that I have 
discovered from searching through this book. 
   First, Job claimed God's loving 
sovereignty. He believed that the Lord who gave had every 
right to take away (Job 1:21; 2:10). Job looked 
up, claiming his Lord's right to rule over his 
   Second, he counted on God's promise of 
resurrection. "Even after my skin is destroyed, yet from 
my flesh I shall see God" (Job 19:26). Job 
looked ahead, counting on his Lord's promise to 
make all things bright and beautiful in the life 
   Third, he confessed his own lack of 
understanding. What a relief this brings! He didn't feel 
obligated to explain why (Job 42:2"4). Job looked 
within, confessing his inability to put it all 
   He rested his adversity with God, not 
feeling forced to answer why. 
   When we're looking in all the right 
directions, we won't take the wrong turn. [Chuck 
Swindoll www.insight.org.] 

When Your Eyes Are Full of Tears, Keep Them 
on God. 
   What would happen if every single thing 
in your life went bad? Would you still trust 
God if your plans didnt work out? If 
everything fell apart? If you lost it all? Would you be 
able to honor God even in your pain? 
   The whole book of Job in the Bible is 
about answering that one question: Will you 
worship God when everything in your life goes wrong? 
For Job, almost everything that could go wrong, 
did, but he was faithful. He worshiped God by 
honoring him, even when he was wounded. 
   So how do you honor God when you dont 
understand whats going on in your life? How do you 
keep your eyes on God when theyre full of 
   You honor God, not by thanking him for 
your problems but by thanking him in the middle 
of your problems. You do what Job did. 
   Job 1:21-22 tells us how Job responded: 
I came naked from my mothers womb, he 
said, and I shall have nothing when I die. The 
Lord gave me everything I had, and they were his 
to take away. Blessed be the name of the 
Lord. In all of this Job did not sin or revile 
God (TLB). 
   At each point in your life, you can find 
reasons to praise God. Life is never all good, and 
life is never all bad. In every moment you have 
good and bad together. 
   Throughout the book of Job, Job finds the 
good for which he can praise God, even in the 
middle of the bad. You can use this list to help 
you praise God, no matter whats going on. 
Heres what you can praise God for: 
   	That he is good and loving (Job 10:12)
   	That he is all-powerful (Job 36:22, 
37:5, 23) 
   	That he notices every detail of your 
life (Job 23:10, 31:4) 
   	That he is in control (Job 34:13)
   	That he has a plan for your life (Job 
   	That he will protect you (Job 5:11)
   Whatever is going on in your life today, 
choose to honor God in faith. [Daily Devotional by 
Rick Warren: https://pastorrick.com/devotional/] 


Acts 16:25: Persecution And Suffering Are No 
Match For Prayers And Singing.  


Acts 16:25: Persecution And Suffering Are No 
Match For Prayer And Singing. (updated)  


Acts 16:25: Praying And Singing Praises To 
God Have Omnipotent Power.  



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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