“Predator and Prey Alike”

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Based on the book of Job from the Bible. Job was mocked – they said he didn’t have God’s favor because bad things were happening to him. Job said:
“What you know, I also know; I am not inferior to you… You, however, smear me with lies; If only you would be altogether silent! For you, that would be wisdom.” (Job 13)

Excerpt from “50 Oil Paintings Inspired by my Christian Faith

He talked about the beasts, fowl, fish, predators, prey, order of nature, and how they all serve God alike. They answer to the same Higher Power, there is only ONE above them all. In today's world, we see wicked and ugly people getting away with things, predators... while smearing us, lying about us, claiming us not worthy, not wanted, not good enough.

But God rules over us equally. There is no one worth more than we are.In the animal kingdom, there are injustices every day. Some poor creature gets eaten alive. All things bright and beautiful, and the Lord God created them all, but... yikes... it's not an easy life. Yet, there is an order, and all things come together under God's command. So when it feels as if the predators have all the favor of this world, it may help to think of Job, and how he lived a life of hardship, yet was loved and respected by God. These Scriptures were written so many years ago, yet the stories sound like they could be about 2020. My painting shows pairs of predators and prey, except for the Lion who stands above them all.

There are times when it seems the predators always win, but that's not true. There is a time and season for everything. When we get discouraged, perhaps we can think about the beauty of God's beasts, fowl, and fishes. His divine plan is mysterious, and sometimes painful...But there's always a larger picture, and we are part of it. We are not forgotten. Not unwelcome. We are loved.

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