Daily Archives: November 13, 2013

Praise and Worship

Don’t let anyone keep you from praising God.

Don’t let any circumstance deny you the joy of giving thanks.

I will thank the Lord at all times. My mouth will always praise Him (Psalm 34:1).

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness (Lamentation 3:22-23).

I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.  “You shall have no other gods before me.  “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,  but showing love to a thousand [ generations] of those who love me and keep my commandments.
Exodus 20:2-6

But Samuel replied: “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. 1 Samuel 15:22

1 Chronicles 16:23-31
Sing to the LORD, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods.  For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy in his dwelling place. Ascribe to the LORD, O families of nations, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength, ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name. Bring an offering and come before him; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness. Tremble before him, all the earth! The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved. Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, “The LORD reigns!

Praise must not be optional Praise is essential in a journey of faith. It is a demonstration of trust and the acceptance of a circumstance without insisting that God change it. When we choose to praise God, we choose to trust Him. And when we choose to trust God, we will win over worry.

Praise ye the Lord!

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Agape is love

Agape love is unique and is distinguished by its nature and character. Agape is love which is of and from God, whose very nature is love itself.

The apostle John affirms this in 1 John 4:8: “God is love.” God does not merely love; He is love itself.

Everything God does flows from His love. God loves because that is His nature and the expression of His being. He loves the unlovable and the unlovely (us!), not because we deserve to be loved, but because it is His nature to love us, and He must be true to His nature and character. God’s love is displayed most clearly at the cross, where Christ died for the unworthy creatures who were dead in trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1), not because we did anything to deserve it, “but God commends His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

The object of God’s agape love never does anything to merit His love. We are the undeserving recipients upon whom He lavishes that love. His love was demonstrated when He sent His Son into the world to “seek and save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10) and to provide eternal life to those He sought and saved. He paid the ultimate sacrifice for those He loves.

In the same way, we are to love

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Thankful Always

This is a great day to be alive. I am blessed. I am favored. I am healthy. I am free. Thank you JESUS.💃🏽🙏🏼🙏🏼👏🏼✍🏽

All glory and praise to the Lord.

Thank you so much for reading. Your presence here is greatly appreciated.

Until next time…Love and blessings.♥♥♥

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Are You Better or Bitter?

“Don’t call me Naomi [which means pleasant],” she told them. “Call me Mara [which means bitter], because the Almighty has made my life very bitter” Ruth 1:20

Naomi lost her husband and her two sons. She blamed God for her afflictions. God was not “out to get her.” His hand was not “against her” as she claimed. Naomi became very bitter about what had happened to her, so much so that she changed her name to Mara, which means bitter.

God never desires for us to become bitter, but longs to use the difficulties of our lives to make us better. In Jesus’ last words to His disciples, He compared their relationship to Him to that of a vine and its branches. He said, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off [lifts up out of the dust] every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful” (John 15:1-2).

When we experience a loss, it can feel like God’s gardening shears have lopped off part of our lives that seems vital to our existence. However, His desire is for us to bear as much fruit as possible, not become stunted by bitterness. He’s faithfully at work to make room to add strength, productivity and spiritual power in your life. His goal is to bring you closer to the ‘perfect and complete’ image of Christ.”

I believe “Not every painful experience is the result of pruning. Is your heart breaking because your teenager is experimenting with drugs and sex? God did not cause your son to do these things in order to prune you. Are you suddenly facing a future with diabetes or cancer? God isn’t purposefully constraining your life just to see how you’ll react. Yet every trial you face is an opportunity to let Him work in your life for abundance. If you invite Him into your circumstances He will keep His promise to work everything together for your good (Romans 8:28).”

Have you noticed the only difference between the words bitter and better is the letter i? When we stop focusing on the “me, myself, and I,” and start focusing on the almighty God, then we will begin to see our difficulties through the lens of God’s perfect and perfecting plan. If He prunes away a dream, it is only because He has a greater dream in store that will produce more and better fruit.

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The Ten Virgins

Matthew 25:1-13

They were pure, righteous, undefiled, but the awful thing is that five of these virgins were unaware of their lost condition.

They didn’t realize it. Now they had lamps. It says they all had lamps, and the lamps were burning.

What does the lamp represent? It represents the Word of God, the truth of the Bible. Psalm 119:105 “Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” This story illustrates the experience of God’s church just prior to the second coming of Jesus Christ. There are going to be a lot of people that think they’re going to be saved, and they are actually lost.

Matt 25:2— Five virgins were Wise and five were foolish! Notice the similarities between the wise and foolish:
All 10 dressed in white robes
All 10 were virgins…pure faith
All 10 had brightly burning lights
All 10 waited for Christ to come.
All 10 were ready for His coming at one point.
All 10 slept soundly
All 10 had to be awakened with a shout
All 10 were taken by surprise
All 10 lamps needed trimming and filling
All 10 virgins saw the bridal party coming.

Now with the many similarities, there’s very little difference between the five foolish and the five wise! They all seemed ready. If there had been no delay they all would have gone inside because they all had lights at one time. But there was a delay. That’s what make the crucial difference. They all would have gone in. Today, Jesus could have come before now, 2013. We should have been in the Holy City by now. Right God’s church is in a holding pattern. We’re not going anywhere, it seems. And yet I want to tell you that just at the time you think maybe He’s not coming, that’s just the time He’s just around the corner. I believe Jesus’ coming is just that far away, very close.

Notice: There were 10 virgins. But only 2 classes: the wise and the foolish! What happened to the lukewarm class? You would expect there were 2 wise, 2 foolish and 6 lukewarm! Well that disappears! In the end of time there are only the saved and the lost. That’s all there ever are. The middle class disappeared. They disappear because of the shaking time and last day trials of the last days, the time of trouble. When the train of salvation finally pulls into the station make sure you are on the right side of the tracks! If you’re on the wrong side you’re lost, you can’t board.

Were the 5 foolish virgins hypocrites? NO. They did love the truth. All had light. They all let their light shine. They all had oil.

What was the OIL? What does the oil represent? Zechariah 4:2-6 – the Holy Spirit. Did the foolish virgins have the Holy Spirit? Yes! All ten had the Holy Spirit. All 10 were virgins (pure). All ten were pure Christians. All ten were saved. All 10 had brightly shining lights. What is the light? Jesus said: “I am the light of the world.” All had Jesus. All ten were truly saved, but 5 ran out of oil. They ran out of the Holy Spirit. The light of Jesus went out in their life. They lost their light. They lost their salvation. They were shut out from the wedding banquet and left in darkness. Once you are saved you can run out oil if you do not daily invite Jesus to restock your heart with a fresh supply of His Holy Spirit. I need to go to the grocery store now and then. I have to go to the service station now and then. We always have to restock. It’s just that simple.

The LAMPS. Probably you are thinking they were small clay pots with a little wick sticking up out of it. If we want our light to keep shining we must daily receive a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit.

Now, the oil is abundant. All of us can be filled with God’s Holy Spirit. There is no energy crisis in Heaven. And how much does it cost you? Well, it’s free, and yet it costs you everything you have. Full surrender. You can get as much oil as you want.

Look in Matthew 25:4 “The Wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps.” (NIV). The wise had RESERVE OIL.

They had a deeper experience with Jesus. It wasn’t a shallow experience. The wise virgins had a depth of spirituality not experienced by the foolish virgins. And I believe that in the last days those people that are going to be saved are going to have a deep religious experience. Not just some superficial – “Now I lay me down to sleep…Please keep my soul until the morning.” We need a deep prayer life. We need a deep Bible study life. We need a depth of Christianity that we don’t have. Extra prayer goes into building a solid character. We need a depth of relationship with Jesus. We need that.

Matthew 25:5 “The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they ALL became drowsy and fell asleep.” He delayed his coming. They thought he would be there a long time ago and he didn’t. The KJV says they All SLUMBERED and slept. They were tired.

You know, weddings wear you out. There’s a lot that goes into a wedding. They had spent many hours preparing for the coming of the bridegroom. They were ALL Asleep at the brides house waiting for the groom to come. Even the Very Elect were sleeping because of the delay.

Are you sleeping? Are you spiritually asleep? Are you sleeping as the King of Kings is about to come? True, there has been a delay. Perhaps some of you thought you would never have time to get married and now you have grandchildren! Jesus has not come yet. But the longer the delay the closer we are to His arrival. Let’s not get relaxed.

Matthew 25:6 – “At midnight the cry rang out, Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.”

The bridegroom comes at Midnight. The darkest depths of the long night: in the middle of the night. I believe that the second coming of Jesus will come during the darkest period of this earth. I believe we’re in for that. In fact you can see it coming with all the terrible things that are going on out there in the world. It’s a mess out there. When crime, drugs, immorality, sin and wickedness are at their peak, the end of all things crashes down upon us. The wicked fall like grain.

I believe that we’re at the end of time. We don’t have much longer. We can see the beast about to take power. In the hour of spiritual darkness Jesus will come.

Matt 25:7-8 “Then all the virgins woke up (at the midnight cry) and trimmed their lamps.” They needed to replenish their lamps with oil. They needed to burn the midnight oil. You need to burn the midnight oil to be saved.

Now, can you find oil at midnight? How many of you have ever run out of gas? It is harder to find oil at midnight. All 10 virgins had run out of Oil in their torches. BUT, the wise had spare reserves of oil. Like a spare tire filled with air pressure, they had a reserve vessel filled up with extra oil. What is that extra oil? It’s an extra measure of the presence of God in your life. A depth of religion that is not seen in these times. And that’s what we need. It’s going to carry us through.

Matthew 25:8 – “The foolish ones said to the wise, Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.” What did the wise virgins say? verse 9 – “NO! they replied, there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.” Do you think that was wise? Actually you can’t share oil. Now think about this. The depth of Christian experience, that deep relationship, the depth of the Holy Spirit in your heart, can you give that to your child? You’d like to, wouldn’t you? You can’t save somebody else. You can’t transfer the saving experience that you have to your wife of your husband as much as you would like to. Christianity cannot be transferred or sold. Each must get the saving oil straight from the source. The wise virgins could not transfer their saving experience to the foolish. Character is not transferable. They couldn’t share the oil. You can share Jesus, but you can’t share your own walk with Jesus, your own salvation.

By the way, did they find oil at midnight? I don’t think they did. Matthew 25:101-12 – “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. Later the others also came. Sir! Sir! they said. Open the door for us! But he replied, I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.

Did the five foolish virgins find oil at midnight? NO! “They were left standing without, in the empty street, in the BLACKNESS of the night.” They didn’t have oil. There was not light there.

After the time of trouble really begins in earnest, the plagues are falling, can you go out and find that Christian experience? After your chance is over it is too late to seek salvation. If you wait until the time of trouble of the last minute to get your saving relationship with Jesus, you have waited too long. Today is the day of salvation. Today is the day that you need to make your life right with Jesus. If you’re thinking, I’m really not all right, I’ve got all these things that I’m doing. I’m not really the Christian I ought to be. When are you going to do it? If you wait too late, you’ll be a foolish, lost person, just like these foolish virgins.

How is it with you today? Is your lamp getting dim? Is your light beginning to flicker? Is your walk with Jesus lacking or non existent? You need to walk with Him. Are you satisfied to live with the gage on your spiritual gas tank reading almost empty? You wouldn’t think of driving on fumes, would you? How many of you drive on fumes? You let it run right down to the empty mark, with the “GET GAS SOON” light on?! Would you? No. When the gage says a quarter tank you go and buy gas. You need to buy gas. Your car can’t run on fumes. When our spiritual life is in that condition we’re lost. We need to get right with Jesus. We need get a full measure of the Holy Spirit, spend time on your knees, spend time with Jesus every day. As Christians we cannot be strong on
minimal bible study or minimal prayer time.

Some folks are always running just on empty, on fumes. (Fuming about this and that, I suppose you could say.) Running on empty. Now is the time to have a full experience with Jesus. Empty tank Christianity will leave you stranded. Some day you will be left out. Outside the gate to life stranded forever. Lost.

Matthew 25:13 – “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.” We don’t, do we? We know it’s soon. But we do not know the time.

Someday soon Jesus will come in the clouds of glory. If the lamp of God’s word burns bright in our heart and the light of Jesus shines out of our heart and the Holy Spirit lives in extra measure in our heart, we will get to go in to the banquet.

What a feast that will be. Matthew 8:11 – “Many will come from the east and the west and will take their places at the FEAST with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.” I want to be at that feast. I want to be there. Jesus will be there to welcome us. Let’s make sure we are there.

How do we get access to that grand festival? What made the wise virgins wise? (Because they did go in to the wedding banquet) The extra depth of relationship. The full reserve of oil.

If the oil light on the dashboard of your religious life is blinking, you need to immediately stop and you need to get a fresh supply of oil. You will be saved if like the wise virgins you have a extra depth in your relationship with Jesus. A full complete supply of the Holy Spirit in your heart. A full reserve of oil.

If the oil light on the dashboard of your religious life is blinking you need to pull over immediately and resupply your heart with Jesus.

Surrender your will to Jesus. Repent of your life of sin. Ask Jesus to forgive you. Accept Jesus as your own personal Saviour. Trust in Jesus for evermore.

“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved.” – John 3:17

Jesus is the Way to the banquet. He is your ticket. Be sure you have a rich, deep hold on Jesus Christ, that He’s in your heart, in the depths of your heart and someday you’re going to see that homeland over there, over yonder. Get ready now and stay prepared.

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What Does It Take To Begin A Relationship With God?

Wait for lightning to strike? Devote yourself to unselfish religious deeds? Become a better person so that God will accept you? NONE of these. God has made it very clear in the Bible how we can know Him. This will explain how you can personally begin a relationship with God, right now…

Principle One: God loves you and created you to know Him personally. God created you. Not only that, he loves you so much that he wants you to know him now and spend eternity with him. Jesus said, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”

Jesus came so that each of us could know and understand God in a personal way. Jesus alone can bring meaning and purpose to life. What keeps us from knowing God?…

Principle Two: All of us sin and our sin has separated us from God. We sense that separation, that distance from God because of our sin. The Bible tells us that “All of us like sheep have gone astray; each of us has turned to his own way.”

Deep down, our attitude may be one of active rebellion or passive indifference toward God and his ways, but it’s all evidence of what the Bible calls sin.

The result of sin in our lives is death–spiritual separation from God.

Although we may try to get close to God through our own effort, we inevitably fail.
Wait for lightning to strike? Devote yourself to unselfish religious deeds? Become a better person so that God will accept you? NONE of these. God has made it very clear in the Bible how we can know Him. This will explain how you can personally begin a relationship with God, right now…

Principle One: God loves you and created you to know Him personally. God created you. Not only that, he loves you so much that he wants you to know him now and spend eternity with him. Jesus said, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”

Jesus came so that each of us could know and understand God in a personal way. Jesus alone can bring meaning and purpose to life. What keeps us from knowing God?…

Principle Two: All of us sin and our sin has separated us from God. We sense that separation, that distance from God because of our sin. The Bible tells us that “All of us like sheep have gone astray; each of us has turned to his own way.”

Deep down, our attitude may be one of active rebellion or passive indifference toward God and his ways, but it’s all evidence of what the Bible calls sin.

The result of sin in our lives is death–spiritual separation from God.

Although we may try to get close to God through our own effort, we inevitably fail.

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Waiting on God: Be Strong and of Good Courage

“Wait on the Lord: be strong, and let your heart take courage. Yea, wait thou on the Lord.” Ps. 27:14

The psalmist had just said, “I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living”. If it had not been for his faith in God, his heart had fainted. But in the confident assurance in God which faith gives, he urges himself and us to remember one thing above all – to wait upon God.

“Wait on the Lord: be strong, and let your heart take courage. Yea, wait thou on the Lord.”

One of the chief needs in our waiting upon God, one of the deepest secrets of its blessedness and blessing, is a quiet, confident persuasion that it is not in vain; courage to believe that God will hear and help; we are waiting on a God who never could disappoint His people.

“Be strong and of good courage.” These words are frequently found in connection with some great and difficult enterprise, in prospect of the combat with the power of strong enemies, and the utter insufficiency of all human strength. Is waiting on God a work so difficult, that, for that too, such words are needed, “Be strong, and let your heart take courage”? Yes, indeed.

The deliverance for which we often have to wait is from enemies, in presence of whom we are impotent.

The blessings for which we plead are spiritual and all unseen; things impossible with men; heavenly, supernatural, divine realities. Our heart may well faint and fail. Our souls are so little accustomed to hold fellowship with God; the God on whom we wait so often appears to hide Himself. We who have to wait are often tempted to fear that we do not wait aright, that our faith is too feeble, that our desire is not as upright or as earnest as it should be, that our surrender is not complete.

Amid all these causes of fear or doubt, how blessed to hear the voice of God, “Wait on the Lord! Be strong, and let thine heart take courage! YEA, WAIT THOU ON THE LORD!”

Let nothing in heaven or earth or hell – let nothing keep thee from waiting on thy God in full assurance that it cannot be in vain.

The one lesson our text teaches us is this, that when we set ourselves to wait on God we ought beforehand to resolve that it shall be with the most confident expectation of God’s meeting and blessing us. We ought to make up our minds to this, that nothing was ever so sure, as that waiting on God will bring us untold and unexpected blessing. We are so accustomed to judge God and His work in us by what we feel, that the great probability is that when we begin more to cultivate the waiting on Him, we shall be discouraged, because we do not find any special blessing from it.

The message comes to us, “Above everything, when you wait on God, do so in the spirit of abounding hopefulness. It is God in His glory, in His power, in His love longing to bless you that you are waiting on.”

If you say that you are afraid of deceiving yourself with vain hope, because you do not see or feel any warrant in your present state for such special expectations, my answer is, it is God, who is the warrant for your expecting great things. Oh, do learn the lesson.

You are not going to wait on yourself to see what you feel and what changes come to you. You are going to WAIT ON GOD, to know first, WHAT HE IS, and then, after that, what He will do. The whole duty and blessedness of waiting on God has its root in this, that He is such a blessed Being, full, to overflowing, of goodness and power and life and joy, that we, however wretched, cannot for any time come into contact with Him, without that life and power secretly, silently beginning to enter into him and blessing him. God is Love!

That is the one only and all-sufficient warrant of your expectation. Love seeketh out its own: God’s love is just His delight to impart Himself and His blessedness to His children. Come, and however feeble you feel, just wait in His presence. As a feeble, sickly invalid is brought out into the sunshine to let its warmth go through him, come with all that is dark and cold in you into the sunshine of God’s holy, omnipotent love, and sit and wait there, with the one thought: Here I am, in the sunshine of His love. As the sun does its work in the weak one who seeks its rays, God will do His work in you. Oh, do trust Him fully.

“Wait on the Lord! Be strong, and let your heart take courage! Yea, wait thou on the Lord!”

“My soul, wait thou only upon God!

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Our hope rests upon the promises of God

Hebrews 6:18-19 “That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;”

Our hope is based on our faith in God. Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Faith comes by hearing the word of God (Romans 10:17).

Hope comes through hearing God’s word and the promises that are therein.

God has promised great things to give hope to the faithful.

1) To the faithful He promises freedom from sin. John 8:32

2) To the faithful He promises forgiveness of sins. Acts 2:38

3) He promises that the faithful are His children. Romans 8:15-17 “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.”

4) He promises to take care of the faithful. Matthew 6:33

5) To the faithful He promises to give us abundant life through His Son Jesus. John 10:10 “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

6) To the faithful He promises a new glorious resurrected body. 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

7) To the faithful He promises that we shall be like Him and see Him as He is. 1 John 3:2 “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. “

8) To the faithful He promises eternal life. 1 John 2:25 “And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.”

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God Is All-Powerful

“O Sovereign Lord! You have made the heavens and earth by Your great power. Nothing is too hard for You!” (Jeremiah 32:17)

God’s power is inherent in His nature. All power has always been His and will continue to be His for all eternity. Any power that we have is given to us by God. Because God is all-powerful, He has the ability and strength to do whatever He pleases. His power is not restrained or inhibited by any of His created beings. People and nations are powerless when confronted by His might.

Our amazing God is capable of doing anything. No task is too big for Him. He never fails. And He is never tired, frustrated, or discouraged. Yet our all-powerful Creator cares for us and He longs to exhibit His power in our lives.

David writes, “When I look at the night sky and see the work of Your fingers-the moon and the stars You have set in place-what are mortals that You should think of us, mere humans that You should care for us?” (Psalm 8:3, 4).

No matter what you might be facing, God can help you. Nothing is too hard for Him. No need is too great for Him to meet. No problem is too complicated for Him to solve. No foe is too strong for Him to conquer. No prayer is too difficult for Him to answer. The Bible promises, “By His mighty power at work within us, He is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope” (Ephesians 3:20).

If our hearts and motives are pure and we truly seek to do God’s will, then there is nothing too difficult for us as we depend on His strength. “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength” Philippians 4:13.

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Knowing God

In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. He had seven sons and three daughters, and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen…He was the greatest man among all the people of the East. Job 1:1-3

For most Christians we go through life with a sense that we know God. After all, we’ve read God’s Word; we’ve walked with Him and have had experiences with Him. But do we really know God? What happens when everything you’ve known God to be in your life is turned upside down and you are left dazed and pondering the very essence of your relationship with Him and who He really is?

Job was a blessed man of God. He was upright, rich in many ways and was described as the greatest man among all the people in the east. Job wanted for nothing and he was abundantly blessed by God. He benefited from God’s protection. Even Satan recognized Job’s status as favored by God.

“Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the works of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. Job1:9

Job knew God as this unfaltering life source; faithful to uphold the stature of the blameless, abundant in blessings and a consistent shield. This is how Job knew God. Do you think maybe Job was too comfortable in this way of life? I would imagine Brother Job was much like we are today. We have a system (if you will), a way of doing things and we have always done it this way. We tend to place God in the constraints of our own systematic living; whether it is the way we do church, our family and relationships, work etc. We come to know God in a particular way in those areas and expect that this is just the way it is. And yes, God is unchanging. He is the same yesterday, today and forever; but we come to know our God in different ways because of His sovereignty and permissive will.

It is when you lose your job after many years laboring for the same company or when you are diagnosed with a rare form of cancer yet you have been active and healthy most of your life. It is when you are forced to go through circumstances that you did not see coming and were not prepared for, situations that devastate your life and rattle your faith that you begin to see God and you begin to truly know Him through unlikely experiences.

God doesn’t always reveal himself in the manner in which we desire. At times God will appear like an unkind friend, but He is not; He will appear like an unnatural father, but He is not; He will appear like a unjust judge, but He is not.” God allowed for Satan to completely devastate Job’s life. We always tend to think, how awful for poor Job that he had to go through such turmoil. And yes, God restored Job and blessed him with double. At the heart of the matter, I believe God was most concerned about Job’s relationship with Him. What an awesome revelation. Because of this trial, Job can now know God on a more intimate level, as Father, healer, redeemer, peace, joy and strength. God knows us better than we know ourselves.

O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise. You perceive my thoughts from afar. Psalm 139:1-2

I believe God wants us to know Him better. As we come to know Him in these life lessons it will better equip and enable us to become more like Him.

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