Like Job

Scripture

Though He slay me, I will hope in Him. Nevertheless I will argue my ways before Him.  This also will be my salvation, For a godless man may not come before His presence. Job 13:15-16

Observation

I used to hate reading the book of Job.  He came across as a whiner to me.  But then I went through some trying times and now I can’t get enough of Job.  Job is minding his own business when God suggests to Satan that Job couldn’t be coerced into cursing God.  So, Satan takes Job’s wealth, family, and health away.  That leaves three well intentioned friends.  All they do is talk down to Job with an air of superiority.

Job is persistent.  He complains about God, wonders why God would allow this to happen, and even wishes he were dead.  But Job never curses God.  Instead, he puts his hope in God!  He even talks with God!  He has horrible circumstances yet he still seeks God’s presence through prayer.  He knows his own salvation depends on it.  In fact, he KNOWS he is able to come into God’s presence while mere godless men may not.

Application

Job is not a quitter.  He keeps pushing through.  I like that about him.  He is a praying man.  He knows that God is the only One with answers for him.  And He is the only One with answers for me.  I need to pray more and seek His presence.

Prayer

Lord, for what ever reason You have allowed me to experience the trials I am facing, I bow before You and worship You.  By the blood of Your Son I have been redeemed.  I don’t need to know why I have these trials but I want to bring glory to Your Name.  Give me strength.

In Jesus’ Name I pray.  Amen

Surely

Scripture

‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’   Isaiah 41:10

Observation

These words, spoken to Israel through the prophet Isaiah, eased the fears of Israel who had a long history of idol worship, forsaking God, and generally acting how ever they wanted.  Israel acted just like I often do.  And just like Israel, I wonder why God punishes me.  OK, so Babylon didn’t invade my city but there are other consequences to bear for what goes in my life today.  And just like with Israel, those consequences serve as a wake up call — HEY!  COME BACK HERE!!  DO WHAT YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO DO!

Isaiah’s words foreshadow those of the New Testament:

  • “I am with you” compared with  “…I am with you always…”  Matthew 28:20
  • “Do not anxiously look about you” compared with ” Be anxious for nothing…”  Philippians 4:6
  • “I will strengthen you” compared with ” After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.”  1 Peter 5:10 
  • “I will help you” compared with “ I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever;”  John 14:16

And finally, “I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”  This speaks of the Lord Jesus Christ –  “So then, when the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.”  Mark 16:19

It is by the very power of Jesus Christ — the right hand of God – that I am forgiven my sins.  By His blood my sins are washed away.  I deserved to be punished but Jesus bore that punishment for me.

Application

In all that plagues me, and makes me anxious, and fearful I need to remember not to navel-gaze and cry out “why me?”  From my knees – an attitude of prayer – I need to look to the Cross, then get up and look in the Tomb.  And remember, I am being held up by His righteous right hand.

Prayer

Father, I recognize that I have sinned against You.  There are consequences for this.  I am so thankful that the ultimate consequence has been placed on Jesus.  I pray that Your Holy Spirit would remind of this regularly.  May You be glorified.  In Jesus’ name I pray…Amen

The Death of HIS Saints

Scripture

Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.  Psalm 116:15

Observation/Application

We will miss them.   For many, they were always around.  They might be a family member, close friend, or role model.

For me, a recent passing of one of His saints struck quite close.  He was a point of reference to look back on when I would lose my focus.  He was a great comfort and source of counsel.  He was the one that remained calm even when provoked so far as to become angry.

Somehow, I always knew he would be there.  But now he is not.  And though, time and distance has seen us grow apart, there was always that bond that would draw us together.  When we would have an opportunity, he would make time just to have lunch with me.

Now he has passed on to the glorious presence of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  And it is He alone that made our friendship in this world possible.  To me, he was the embodiment of what it means to be Christ-like.  I ask myself, “what good did his passing accomplish if I am so sad?”  Just this…

As I saw Christ in him, I want people to see Christ in me.

Prayer

Lord, Thank you for the life shared with me that was a dear saint to You.  Help me to rejoice with You.  Help me to be Christ-like as he was Christ-like.  In Your Name I pray…

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