Saturday, December 24, 2011

Just God

Someone recently said that since God is the God of peace and love, their current trial could not be from him. I began to think about Job. The trials that came upon Job were all with God's express permission.  So it is where we ourselves are concerned. 

Job 2:3 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.
God was moved against Job. He gave Satan permission to try Job with utter heartbreak.  In human understanding this is puzzling.  But God's ways are infinitely higher than our ways. Were God's actions toward Job loving? Based on the fact that God is holy, just and true, I can only conclude that, yes, they were.

Then Job reminds us of something we should have hanging on the wall - that we came into this world with NOTHING- no children, no husbands, no money or clothes. And when we leave, we'll take exactly what we came with. Are we willing to give him everything - even our children? They are His anyway.

Job 1:21-22 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.

The man with wealth, family, connections, health and God has not one whit more than the man who has just God. Is life with just God - without the people, wealth or possessions which he GAVE us - enough? Just God? If our lives were to boil down to JUST God, will our response be to worship the Lord as Job did?

Job 1:20 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped

People think roughly 40,000 thoughts per day.  How many of those 40,000 thoughts are we saying, "Thank you Lord for what & who you have given and what & who you have taken away. Blessed be Your Name." ?

We all wonder what challenges lie ahead and those of us with troubles in our lives hope they will be made "whole" again.  We should still pray for God to heal broken relationships, dreams and hearts. Hoping is good and praying is right.

But here is the truth: if you have God at the center of your life, He is enough.



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