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

This Mystery

Scripture

For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, because we are members of His body. FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND SHALL BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH. This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. Ephesians 5:29-32 (NASB)

Observation

Marriage between one man and one woman is a reminder of the relationship that exists between Jesus Christ and His bride the Church.  Any other type of arrangement destroys what God has created.

If two men were to “marry” then there would be two Christ figures.  They would both claim the headship of Christ thereby denigrating Jesus Christ and His ministry.  They become pictures of anti-Christs thereby denying both Jesus Christ and God the Father.

If two women were to “marry” then there would be two Churches.  They would be picturing two false religious systems.  These systems would not exist for the saints to worship God but rather to enslave and destroy them instead.

And if a man and his wife divorce…?

They were one flesh when married.  Divorce tears painful gashes in the picture of Jesus Christ and His bride.  God is not glorified.  The world only laughs.  This not God’s will. Marriage exists as a perfect example of the fellowship that exists between the Son and the Church.  It is an intimate relationship.  To seek divorce is blasphemous.

Application

There is only one Christ that gave His life that I might have eternal life.  I worship as a part of His Church.  The two joined together is a glorious thing that witnesses to the world.  Never seek divorce from that which is meant to show that relationship.  Let God be glorified.

Prayer

Lord, help me to part of that which You created to show the world Your Son and Your Church in relationship.

In Jesus’ name, amen.

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