Filtered Through Fingers of Love
I have a letter I treasure. Written a number of years ago, it is faded and worn because I have read it a number of times, sharing it with others because it testifies of the victory that can be ours if we will hold fast our borders of faith. Let me share it with you:
“ I received a call from the president of our son’s Bible college about 11:30 p.m., telling us that our son was missing and thought to be dead. The night that followed is lost somewhere in my subconscious, but by morning my husband was on his way to our son’s school. My house was full of bodies and faces. The next call came around 10:30 a.m. They had found our son’s body. He was—is—with the Lord.
“ The day before I had spent a wonderful time with the Lord. Now I prayed, ‘If You aren’t as real today as You were yesterday, I don’t need You tomorrow.’
“ I wish I could express how very real He was and is, but you know—and so spirit to spirit I say this to you, for words can’t touch it.
“ I had to lay in bed that day, for my body could not hold me. But, Kay, I was strong in spirit. Most of my thoughts that day went back to Precept. When I couldn’t trust my thoughts, I would cry out, ‘I TRUST YOU.’ I remember when Daddy died, you were teaching Romans—daring to say God was sovereign. I had been taught this doctrinally, but you made it so personal.
“ I was so mad at you, but I wanted it to be true so badly. You said, ‘The events of our lives are filtered through fingers of love.’ Week after week, you pounded away—‘filtered through fingers of love.’ It rang in my heart: HE LOVES ME!
“ I have said time after time, ‘He doesn’t test us to see if we will fail but to show us how strong we are. He proves us.’
“ I didn’t realize how through Precept Upon Precept Bible studies He had built into my life the safety of His sovereignty until He asked me to see our son’s death as an act of love. I am free in His love. Free to feel pain. Free to know joy.”
Free! And free this dear woman is because she would not allow the enemy to invade her faith and take captive her thoughts and chain her in bitterness.
Read [esvignore]Job 1[/esvignore] carefully and then answer the following questions:
- How is Job described by God in this first chapter?
- According to Satan, why does Job fear God?
- What does God give Satan permission to do?
- List the calamities that befall Job.
- How does Job respond?
- To whom does Job attribute his calamities? Is he right or wrong? Why?
- What have you learned today that you can apply to your life?
This blog post is excerpted from the out-of-print 30-day devotional “How to Stand Firm Against the Five Deadly D’s” by Kay Arthur.
Do you relate to the story of Job? Has calamity come upon you? This might be the right time to study the book of Job inductively. Take a look at the first chapter: Trusting God in Times of Adversity (PDF)