God’s Word Says….
Job 22:21-22 (NCV)
21 “Obey God and be at peace with him; this is the way to happiness. 22 Accept teaching from his mouth, and keep his words in your heart. 23 If you return to the Almighty, you will be blessed again.
In these verses, one of Jobs friends who came to comfort Job, listened to Job’s ramblings and feeling sorry for himself, then responded as if Job didn’t know the Lord, and perhaps that was the reason for all these bad things happening to him. Similarly, our friends and onlookers will jump to their own conclusions as to why certain things are happening to us. We’ve heard it before: it’s because of the evil they allowed in their lives in their younger day, or it’s because of the sin of their parents, or they have even more punishment to look forward to in response to all the evil things they have done in their lives, etc. Friends, the point is, that God can correct and test us at any time He sees fit to do it. Who are we to question the creator and sustainer of this universe? I heard someone say recently, that God will have to turn up the heat even more on a certain individual in order to get their attention focused on Him. Job was a true man of God, but God allowed Satan to test Job in order to quiet Satan down and to once again show him who is in control. Job had proven himself over and over again, but in using Job in this way, I believe God also knew that the extra testing would only strengthen Job’s faith and draw him closer to God.
Instead of judging others as to what may have caused God to lift His hand of protection and love from them, think about praying for the individual and encouraging the individual. Remember, judging and gossiping are not two of the gifts of the Spirit! Use your gifts to do as I suggested above. I believe you will be blessed and better prepared to handle similar situations in your life, should they occur, plus it will help the individual overcome the many evil thoughts that may come to mind while undergoing these things. Jesus was tempted and tried, won’t we? I believe we can bank on it. Like a long distance runner that strengthens their chance of winning by exercising daily, we must daily strengthen our relationship with God through meditating on God’s Word; prayer and keeping ourselves better aligned with the Savior that we are to imitate every day. When we build this strength, we will be able to handle the tough times, because we will depend on God – just like we did in the best times.
Lord Jesus, in Your precious name, I ask that You would bless us with Your power, strength and wisdom to handle the challenging times in our lives much like You did, and in the humbleness and boldness that Job did. When we see friends going through these types of scenarios, please help us to pray, and then follow the commands You may lay upon our hearts. My desire is to please You in all that I say or do, and that’s a tall order in these challenging and sinful times in which I live, but mighty Savior I know that You can do ALL things, so I ask this in Your precious Name and for Your glory. Knowing how easily I could find myself in similar situations as Job encountered, may I always be understanding and empathize with a Brother who may have a Job experience, or a Sister who just feels like throwing in the towel because of scenarios much like Job’s. I am reminded that You, being in control of this world and my circumstances, really means not only in all the good times, but also in those that may seem unpleasant to me. Having some health issues recently has really opened my eyes to recognize how insignificant my problems are, when compared to the enormous challenges that friends are encountering every day because of their ill health. Lord Jesus, again I ask that You always work on me and prepare me to be more like You every day in every area of my life, and may my friends meditating on this devotional today have similar personal desires, and Your subsequent responses to them, so that Your army might be best prepared to handle this world with its many challenges to our faith. Please grant this for Your glory and in accordance with Your holy will, for it is in Your name that I ask, AMEN!
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