Tue, January 23, 2018
Worshipping Through Pain
Job 1:20 – …Then he fell to the ground in worship... (v. 21) may the name of the Lord be praised. (v. 22) In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrong-doing.
Job’s first rapid fire successions of diverse blows from Satan gave Job no time for reflection or posturing to ward off evil. Satan intended increasing pressure from increasing losses to wear down Job’s faith and cause him to question God, drown him in grief, and expose his hypocrisy before God and all Heaven’s hosts. Severe as it was, masked as an incident caused by an angry God, this awful trial did not deter Job’s worship. It proved his piety. Our character is generally revealed in times of sudden crisis. With no time to think, what is in the heart erupts under the pressure of great anguish and pain. Satan expected Job to fall and accuse God but instead Job worshiped! How do you respond when life crumbles around you? Learn from Job. Worship and trust God.
Wed, January 24, 2018
Job 2:2 – “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”
Evil seeks to express itself through us; but the Holy Spirit also seeks to express Himself through us. To whom will we yield? The choice is ours. When Satan targets us in his destructive crosshairs, how will we respond? Recognize the attack. Call on intercessors. Dress in God’s armor and stand until evil flees (Eph 6:11-13).
Thu, January 25, 2018
He Gives And Takes Away
Job 1:21 – …”the Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”
How did Job withstand the horrific onslaughts of his vicious enemy? He acknowledged God’s right of ownership over all things. Job possessed great riches but his riches did not posses him. All that we have is still God’s if we belong to Him. This knowledge does not diminish our loss but it calms the resentful and rebellious spirit, which can be the source of so many of our emotional miseries. Whether God gave or took away, Job retained an unwavering confidence in God’s wisdom and righteousness and trusted in God’s absolute sovereignty. Paul said, “…I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content” (Phil 4:11). Have you learned this truth yet?
Fri, January 26, 2018
Power Of Words
Job 1:22 – In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God.
Satan wanted Job to draw natural inferences from all the various misfortunes that had destroyed so much of his life and get tangled up in the kind of reasoning that would lead to impugning God’s character. But Job proved greater than his calamity. He did not accuse God of injustice or utter a word that in any way reflected negatively on the character of God. Job kept the door of his lips—and with it his integrity (2:10). So much of the Bible warns us about the power of our words. They can bring life or death--encourage and strengthen or discourage and weaken someone’s hope (Ps. 141:3; I Peter 3:10). Be careful with your words.
Sat, January 27, 2018
Name Of The Lord
Job 1:21b – Blessed be the name of the Lord (KJV)
“Job had an implicit confidence in the unimpeachable integrity of the name of the Lord for, in the final analysis, the name of the Lord is what He is. Many names of God are used in the Bible because one word does not exist nor could ever be formed. An infinite God cannot be expressed in a finite word any more that God can be reduced to a mathematical equation.” The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe (Prov. 18:10 KJV). I will sing praise unto thy name forever (Ps. 61:8 KJV). The whole earth stands in attention before the Lord’s holy name. Worship Him and bless His holy name.