Is God Only a Fair-Weather Friend?

Naked I came from my mother’s womb, naked I’ll return to the womb of the earth. God gives, God takes. God’s name be ever blessed.Job 1:21

Are You not from everlasting, O Lord my God, my Holy One? We shall not die. O Lord, You have appointed them for judgment; O Rock, You have marked them for correction. You are of purer eyes than to behold evil, And cannot look on wickedness. Why do You look on those who deal treacherously, And hold Your tongue when the wicked devours a person more righteous than he? Habakkuk 1:12-13

This fall our ladies Bible study is studying the book of Job. Our memory verse for the week was Job 1:21. As I ponder on this verse it is hard to claim to have done or to possess anything that is not from God. Let’s truly give credit (praise) where credit (praise) is due. NOTHING you or I have now, today or tomorrow came from our own hands. As hard as it is to understand, even the trials and hard things of life come from His hand. Job knew this in the midst of unbelievable loss. It’s not that Job didn’t struggle, question or ask for things to be explained or even changed. He did. But underlying was the knowledge of who he knew God to be.

Last Sunday our Pastor spoke on Habakkuk. In Chapter 1 verses 12-13. Habakkuk gave his answer in response to impending doom, as Pastor said, “He began with what he knew about God”. Habakkuk knew this: God is everlasting, holy, a rock, judge and pure.

What will get us through our own hard times of loss, of impending danger? Only knowing that God is still who He says He is. Our hope comes only from our Savior and Heavenly Father. There is no place else to establish solid ground when all else is falling apart.

He desires to be known by us in this way. How well do you know Him? Are you willing to trust Him with ALL?


Kathy Withers is on staff at America’s Keswick and serves as Director of Partner Care. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 30 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local church and teaches a Bible study for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.

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