When Prayers Are Answered With His Questions

"Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said: "Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge? Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me." ~ Job 38:1-3

I sort of dread going to work tomorrow. Not that I am not grateful for this job, but just maybe tired of it. Tired of the same problems. Tired of the same scenarios like gossiping, seeing lazy workers, and even dealing with inmates who fake their illnesses. Do you go through times like that? Perhaps, the once extraordinary becomes a rut.

The Internet service had been down a while ago. A blessing in disguise. As I resorted to reading His Word. And praying. Knowing that He’s got the best plan for our future, still…I didn’t feel like going to work tomorrow.

Funny how sometimes we try to ask the Lord and He answers with questions, too.Kind of like when He asked Job with rapid succession, showing His infinite wisdom against Job's limited knowledge. It led to Job's repentance, who admitted his inability to answer God and that, he humbly acknowledged God's ability to do everything.

“Why don’t you want to go there tomorrow?”  I could hear Him asking me that way.

I knew He knew the answer. For He could see everything. But the hard part was the answer from me. I didn’t know what to say. Except deep inside, I knew He wanted me to be there. To bring His light to the dark prison. To see the beauty despite the ugly things. To remain positive not be negative. To make a difference as His ambassador and not go with the things of this world. That is….if I’m willing to listen and obey.

If you’re going through a tough time and your hearts’ desires are not being answered, but rather with more questions, may this video [a little long but worth it] inspire you as the Lord led me to this:

18 comments:

  1. I know how you can become tired of a job and all the games of it. Maybe God is leading you else where. Maybe this is just a test. What ever it is sister I will hold you up in my prayers,

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  2. Usually when stirrings happen with me, the Holy Spirit is trying to reveal something to me. Blessings to you Rosel.

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  3. I couldn't see the video, but I was still blessed by your devotional...a message I NEEDED. I love ya girl..SOOOOOOOOOO much.

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  4. This video was absolutely AMAZING...it really leads me to think so deeply...even more deeply than I thought I already was.

    Oh my dear precious sister...He uses YOU so much not only where you are working but here as well. He lives in YOU that I surely do know.

    I love you so much.

    Peace & Many Prayers,
    Alleluiabelle

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  5. Ah yes ... "brace yourself". I hate it when that happens!

    Not really, because you're absolutely right. He's helping us to get in touch with something vitally important in His probing, piercing questions.

    Great post, friend; great post.

    Kathleen

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  6. Thank you my sister in Christ for sharing this with me today. My heart has been full of sadness these past few days. As I watched the video of this man, my heart sank deep into my chest. Still so many questions. I know HE is leading me and I am following with tears in my eyes. I will not give up on HIM and HE will not give up on me.
    Bren

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  7. I know exactly what it feels like not wanting to go to work the next day and having to deal with the same issues, people, etc., etc.

    That's a time when you need Jesus more than ever to get you out what seems to be a rut. Keeping you my prayers!! Blessings to you!!!

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  8. Rosel, I can relate and even though books are not difficult like some people..lol! they do get heavy and patrons are challenging and I have days when I don't want to go either. I think going to hide away in a cabin in the woods with some great praise and worship music and just sit in the presence of our Father..would be lovely. (: Blessings to you!

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  9. When you work for God, are you ever tried of your job? Who do we really work for ... bringing His light to the dark? Aren't you are a bit of a Mother Teresa type kingdom worker in the Prison System of America? Not to down-play the difficulty mentally and physically. It takes a special gift from God to do what you do, where you work. I am blessed to know you.

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  10. Rosel,

    I find it a little scary when these times come and they seem to get more frequently. God has been working furiously in and through my heart and sometimes I just want to pull the covers over my head. Thank you for reminding me that is NOT an option.

    Love and hugs,
    andrea

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  11. You are precious. Your walk with the Lord is wonderful and blessed. He really doesn't ask much from us, especially when we consider how much He asked from Himself. And He will never leave us. Ever.
    Many, many blessings to you. And much prayer for strength and contentment in any and every situation.
    Your sister in Christ,
    Lyn

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  12. Rosel, I pray that God will give you the energy and mind set to get through difficult days at work.

    ~Ron

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  13. Wow Rosel...so powerful. My dgt is here watching and listening and both of us...wow. And what you said in your comment to me on my blog about the flashlight and the darkness in the prison....thank you Rosel. To you...I say the same...you are His light. YOu shine so brightly. And I understand how you are tired....and not wanting to go to work. I'm praying for you..asking for your strength to be renewed and to feel a fresh touch from HIm...Hang tight Rosel...He won't ever let you down....

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  14. This video is so very convicting. I am so glad I watched the whole thing because it shows you the grace God gives in evil situations. Praying your week ahead will be extraordinary!

    Love you,
    Mary

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  15. Really appreciate your word here and your transparency. I'm sure grateful for the patience of our loving God to keep asking me those questions, to keep me honest and real.

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  16. My prayers are with you. Be safe. Thank you for sharing your beautiful words and the video.

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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]


Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.


Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.


All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.


When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.


The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.


When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himseld and ended up injuring his attacker severely.


[Source: Life Application Bible]:


We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.


“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14


Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].


Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.


Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.


Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].

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