Scripture: Job 41-42.
(What is God saying here?)
Job 42:5-6 (NLT)
5 I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes.
6 I take back everything I said, and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance.”
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)
Job was considered one of the strongest men of faith in his day, yet when God removed His hand from Job and allowed Satan to temp him, he sat and moaned for days and complained about how God had deserted him. I believe that we do this a lot. When things are not going just the way we want them to, or when God is not working the way that we told Him we wanted everything, we often tend to beat up on God and doubt our faith. Job had three friends that came to his rescue (they thought) and tried to give counsel to Job, based on their understanding of what they thought was going on. While it turns out that Job was right about his circumstances not being a result of sin that he committed, it is interesting to note that in spite of how strong Job’s faith was, and in spite of how obedient he had been to God, yet his eyes and mind were opened as a result of all that happened to him. As in the case of Job, who are we to question God? Although circumstances may seem like God has left the scene, and that things are occurring that God never would, or should permit to happen in one of His children’s lives. Yet we also know that God is supreme, all-knowing, all-powerful, all-loving, ruler and designer of all things, and from previous times and circumstances, we know that He works in mysterious ways and His will is perfect in design. Therefore we must take hope in the words of Job today by saying, “I only thought that I knew the Master; I only thought that I had seen His ultimate love for me; I only thought that I was as close as I could ever be to my Lord however, now I have witnessed with my own eyes and experienced in my own life and heart that my Savior loves me beyond my wildest imagination, and what He does is well done and perfect in every way, therefore I place my life firmly in His hands and wait patiently on Him each and every day, with expectations of His wonderful works and in His perfect will.” Friends, I believe that we get so caught up in ‘self’ that sometimes it takes a good shake up to get our attention and to see our lives redirected towards God. Let God have His will and way in your life today! I need to do this, and I pray that You will join me in my effort to recommit myself to Him.
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)
Father, You are awesome, and being reminded of Your power and Your perfect will for my life through this story of Job, I must humbly ask of You this morning to please continue to mold me into Your will and in the direction that You would have me go, so that Your will may be fulfilled in all that I do and say in every circumstance of life. Thank You for loving me enough to want to reveal Your will to me. Please give me strength and humbleness of heart to be obedient in every way to You. Please use this devotional to speak to the hearts of Your children that may happen across this today and need a new direction from You.
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