An Unstoppable Resolve
Daily Devotional for March 20th
Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly. Job 1:20-22
Whether you’re a child of God or not, Job said he that is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. All of us have encountered times of great victories where the Lord seemed so near. Events have also taken place to us that have literally shook us to our very core and foundation. With the presence of troubles and storms, the Lord seemed so far away. It is in our adversities and great catastrophes, we question God’s faithfulness to us.
It’s a foolish notion to expect to live a life free of problems. But when trouble does come, it seems to change our view of God’s faithfulness. The Lord never promised that you would be excluded from problems if you live for Him. Oftentimes people question God when bad things happen to them or their family. Do these things cause you to feel like the Lord let you down? It is at this point we must come to a fresh understanding about hard times.
While God truly intends to bless His people so that our blessings are a testimony to the world, our relationship with God should grow to a point where we love God for who He is , and not just for what He can provide. Many people have forsook the Lord simply because a situation or circumstance didn’t end the way they thought it should have. They became hurt that God allowed things into their lives. The hurt then turned to anger toward God. The anger turns to forsaking God. This is all due to a misunderstanding of God’s character. Should we honestly expect a bed of roses in our walk with God? Did anyone ever give up living in sin when their sin got them in trouble or thrown in jail? No. Neither should we turn from God even though a little bit of trouble came our direction.
When the last messenger came to Job revealing the state of his children, Job rent his mantle and fell to worship God. He fell to worship! Wow! When devastation comes to us, do we fall to knees and worship God? Job had settled in his heart that he was gonna live for God regardless. He would serve God anyway. What is in your heart today friend? Job worshipped God through it all because he knew God was not behind the calamities. He did not charge the Lord foolishly. He knew this because he knew God; he knew the character of God.
Apostle Paul endured much persecution for his faith in Jesus Christ. He was ridiculed, mocked, beat with stripes, scourged; the list is long. 2 Corinthians 11:24-27. Satan seeks to stop you from living for God at all costs. But once you understand the love of Christ in how rich and pure it is, you’ll never question why your circumstances are what they are. No matter what you face today, ALL THINGS work together for the good to them that love God. Once we understand God will never ever, never, author bad things in your life, it will generate an unstoppable resolve to live for Him. God will never do you nothing but good friend. Can you trust God today even through your most difficult times? No matter what has happened, God is not the author of bad things, but He will surely be present to deliver you out of them all!