Friday, 29 November 2013

Today Reminder - 29 November 2013 (Day 21 - A Life of Change)

A reminder for today
Then the LORD asked Satan, "Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil." Satan replied to the LORD, "Yes, but Job has good reason to fear God. You have always put a wall of protection around him and his home and his property. You have made him prosper in everything he does. Look how rich he is! But reach out and take away everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face!"  "All right, you may test him," the LORD said to Satan. "Do whatever you want with everything he possesses, but don't harm him physically." So Satan left the LORD's presence. (Job 1:8-12)

I was awake earlier and it started to rain again. The sound of the rain falling on the roof always has this calming effect over me. I love to listen to the rain and watch it as God washes away the dust and cleans the world. It is the smell of the air after it rained that stays in my mind and the humble understanding of the power of water. I guess it rains in our lives sometimes to change our direction or to wash away something that would have hampered us later in life. Job was an outstanding man and reading these verses left me quiet for a moment. The question is – would God say the same about me? And if so would I remain righteous and fearful of God when the storm comes.

God asked satan if he noticed Job and God stated that Job was the finest man in all the earth and he lived a life that was blameless, filled with integrity and that he feared God and stayed away from evil. Satan’s remark is what caught my attention - But reach out and take away everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face! It is said that Job was not without sin and he must have made mistakes in his live, but he lived a life of fear towards God which means that he repented his sin and remained blameless for he realised his mistakes and therefore stayed away from evil. This off course is very important to us in our journey towards a life of change. This means that we understand we made a mistake and then we repent it and finally we live a life staying away from that evil so that we too can become blameless with integrity. 

Now comes the tough part. If God allows satan to take away everything we have, would we turn our backs on God? This is a tough a one. You could pray about something and instead of waiting for God you try and do it on your own or when the outcome or result of something does not go your way you get angry. I suppose I can continue to ask hundreds of questions about things we do. The fact is – Could God trust you to remain faithful and continue to fear Him through every challenge you may face? Would you continue to worship Him when everything changes and your walls came crumbling down? 

We know that in life we will always have trouble, because satan wants you to turn your back on God. His attacks did not end with Job and Jesus confirmed that we will face many more challenges in life. Do you remember what I told you? 'A slave is not greater than the master.' Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had listened to me, they would listen to you. They will do all this to you because of me, for they have rejected the one who sent me. (John 15:20-21)

My dear friend, I pray that you will remain faithful to the Lord and continue to fear Him as we strive to live a life that is blameless through every challenge this world and satan can come up with. I pray that your sprits will be lifted and that your strength will be renewed so that you will not get weary, but that you will be strong and courageous in every battle. In Jesus name.

Have and awesome day dear friend of Jesus