Chewing on the Word of God

In my continued journey to really see God, see the world as He sees it, love, as He loves, and recognize what I don’t want to see in myself, I was impacted by the following verses in the Book of Job.

For Job has said, ‘I am in the right,
and God has taken away my right; in spite of my right I am counted a liar;
my wound is incurable, though I am without transgression.’ What man is like Job,
who drinks up scoffing like water, who travels in company with evildoers
and walks with wicked men? For he has said, ‘It profits a man nothing
that he should take delight in God.’ “Therefore, hear me, you men of understanding:
far be it from God that he should do wickedness, and from the Almighty that he should do wrong.
For according to the work of a man he will repay him, and according to his ways he will make it befall him.
Job 34:5-11

The greater impact to me was from the fact that this was written long before any of the teachers of the law. There was no written Word to teach and guide. But there were men that God chose to speak the truth, difficult truth when needed.

Like Job, how often have I complained, even pouted, about something that didn’t go the way I thought it should? How often have I failed to recognize God’s authority in all things? How often have I failed to admit I don’t, I can’t, see all that God sees, and fail to accept His right to govern what He created?

The phrase, ‘who drinks up scoffing like water’ made me cringe. How often do we scoff at others and don’t consider it for what it is, judgment? Like many, I have been on the receiving end of scoffers; for what I believe, what I do, what I don’t do, and the choices I have made. But the reality is, I am no different, even though I try not to, I still scoff. And knowing God’s view of that pierces deeply.

I find it interesting the wording ‘travels in company with evildoers and walks with wicked men.’ I haven’t researched it, so this is my take, but perhaps evildoers actively work against God, and those who travel with them choose that path. And walking with wicked men means it is not a determined path, but something we fall into. I’m not saying I have it right, just that those are the thoughts that came to me. Either way, it means I need to be certain of my own walk, and that it is pleasing to the Lord.

far be it from God that he should do wickedness, and from the Almighty that he should do wrong.
For according to the work of a man he will repay him, and according to his ways he will make it befall him.

Wickedness is not something God does, but He is just, and what I do, what any of us do, will determine our futures. God is a forgiving God, but first, we have to ask for forgiveness and mean it when we repent. God is patient. Look how long He has waited for those He loves to accept all He has to offer – a forever future with Him.

Faith is a matter of choice. It’s a growing process, but the first step of accepting by faith that Jesus died for you, was resurrected, and lives today, can be a guarantee of a wondrous ending to your journey.

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2 Timothy 3:1-7 ESV

Godlessness in the Last Days

 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty.  For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good,  treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,  having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.  For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.

Romans 10:9-10 ESV

because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

Ephesians 2:8 ESV

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,

Answer me, if you can

“But now, hear my speech, O Job, and listen to all my words. Behold, I open my mouth; the tongue in my mouth speaks. My words declare the uprightness of my heart, and what my lips know they speak sincerely. The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life. Answer me, if you can; set your words in order before me; take your stand. Behold, I am toward God as you are; I too was pinched off from a piece of clay. Behold, no fear of me need terrify you; my pressure will not be heavy upon youJob 33:1-7

These words of Elihu have taken me to a place I had not anticipated. My first reactions were the deep truths I needed to examine, to assure myself I truly had an upright heart, and that there is confidence in sincerely speaking the truth as God has provided. Basically, as the Word says, Answer me, if you can.

And I have to tell you some of the examinations have been difficult, which led to my going about it with a negative attitude, expecting to fail in so many areas. I was pleasantly surprised when God was gracious to remind me that there is now no condemnation for those who are in Jesus Christ. But that did not take away from the truth that there were some areas that had not been surrendered to Him. Areas of my life I could call minor, things pushed back, even buried, because they did not seem to create problems. But the reality is there are no minor areas in sin. Any sin can be either an ocean or a thread of separation from God and the joy He has for me. It doesn’t mean He has stopped loving me. It means I am shorting myself of the abundance of life that a right relationship with God gives me.

As I share these things, I hope you remember the last two verses shared: Behold, I am toward God as you are; I too was pinched off from a piece of clay. Behold, no fear of me need terrify you; my pressure will not be heavy upon you

I am not going to go around pointing fingers and insisting action be taken. Why? First, I’m not God, I did not write the Word that guides us. Second, I too was pinched off from a piece of clay. But I can share scripture verses that minister to me, and that I hope will enable you to determine where you stand in your walk of faith. What you do with any revelation that is based on God’s truth is vital to the peace you have. Circumstances impact how we do the work God has given us. He is not unaware of what we face. But He is more than willing to help us live our heart’s desire no matter what life has thrown at us.

Live in, rejoice in, the truth in this verse: The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.