Posts Tagged ‘curse god’

Are You Playing the Fool?

Mar 02

by Victoria Robinson

The prophet Isaiah wisely stated, “Look how your sins have made fools of you.” When we sin we are being foolish. In his devastation King David said, “I have sinned greatly in what I have done. Now, O LORD, I beg you, take away the guilt of your servant. I have done a very foolish thing.” He had played the fool by going against the Lord’s will by taking a census. Job’s wife was playing the fool when he rebuked her, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” She had played the fool by telling her husband, “Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!”

When we sin we are playing the fool and will always look foolish, but more importantly destruction will be our constant companion. Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would take sin seriously and stop playing the fool.

… Look how your sins have made fools of you. ~ Isaiah 57:4 CEV
 
David was conscience-stricken after he had counted the fighting men, and he said to the LORD, “I have sinned greatly in what I have done. Now, O LORD, I beg you, take away the guilt of your servant. I have done a very foolish thing.” ~ 2 Samuel 24:10 NIV
 
His wife said to him, “Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!” He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said. ~ Job 2:9-10 NIV
 
Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God—I say this to your shame. ~ 1 Corinthians 15:34 NIV

Do You Need a Peripety?

Dec 10

by Victoria Robinson

In the Greek language, the word peripety is peripeteia, which means a sudden and unexpected change of fortune or reverse of circumstances, especially in a literary work. A peripeteia swiftly turns a routine sequence of events into a story worth telling.¹

In the book of Job, we certainly see a story worth telling. This literary work is about a family who had great fortune and an idyllic life. A sudden change of fortune took all this away. Disaster after disaster transformed a dream into a nightmare. It is worthwhile to note in this infamous story that Job had a wife who did not hold true to God. Understandably, her life had become so horrendous, she caved under the pressure. However, just because this is understandable, does not make it the right choice. We do not know this woman’s name, only her character at this time in her life. She told her husband, “Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!”

So girlfriends, do you need a change of fortune? Are you living a dream or a nightmare? A change of fortune can happen for the good or bad. Fortunately for Job, his circumstances were to turn around once again. In the forty-second chapter we read, “… the LORD made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before.” Take heart girlfriends, remain true to God just like Job and know He wants to bring greatness out of the ashes of your life.

Dearest girlfriends, I encourage all of us to remain true to our heavenly Father as we wait upon Him for a reversal of fortune in our lives.

One day when Job’s sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house, a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys were grazing nearby, and the Sabeans attacked and carried them off. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “The fire of God fell from the sky and burned up the sheep and the servants, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three raiding parties and swept down on your camels and carried them off. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” While he was still speaking, yet another messenger came and said, “Your sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house, when suddenly a mighty wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on them and they are dead, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” ~ Job 1:13-19 NIV

So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the top of his head. Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes. His wife said to him, “Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!” He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said. ~ Job 2:7-10 NIV

After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before. … The LORD blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the first. ~ Job 42:10,12 NIV 

At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.” In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing. ~ Job 1:20-22 NIV
¹The Free Dictionary