Monday, 2 December 2013

Today Reminder - 02 December 2013 (A Life of Change)

A reminder for today
"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 stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground to worship. He said,
"I came naked from my mother's womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The LORD gave me what I had,
and the LORD has taken it away. Praise the name of the LORD!"  In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God. (Job 1:12 and 20 – 22)

Oh boy it is Monday! Another awesome week awaits us filled with challenges and victories so that we can show the wonder of God’s love in our lives. How was your weekend my dear friend? I do hope you rested well and that you are ready for today. It’s been an eventful weekend for us and I am sure today will be too. So God allowed satan to test Job and in one day Job lost everything. He fist lost all his oxen and donkey’s, then all his sheep and camels and finally all his children. All this in one day!

In one day satan destroyed all that Job had in hope that he will blame God and turn his back on God. Job was stricken with grief and tore his robe, but he did not turn against God. Job said that he came into this world with nothing and he will leave with nothing and he praised God. Now this is where I go wow! What do we do when things do not go our way and when we lose something or when they steal from us?  We get angry and we want to get back at those who took from us. Job’s reaction reminded me of this verse - "Don't store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. (Matthew 6:19-21)

Jesus taught a valuable lesson here. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be ­– this is something we forget so easily and especially in this time of the year. We tend to lose focus of the real reason we celebrate Christmas and instead we focus on the gifts and in the end we waste a lot of money and also loose a great deal of that treasure in heaven. 

This is a hard lesson my friend and a lesson that we will have to focus on. Do not let this world corrupt you with possessions and a need to waste your time on things that will eventually decay, but let God be your focus and your journey towards a life of change must focus on heaven as your final destination. When we moved in to our new house we gave much away, because I believe we hoard up things and in the end we do not need it. We waste the opportunity to bless someone and we make our possessions our idols. Listen to Job’s words: The LORD gave me what I had, and the LORD has taken it away. God blesses us with possessions and He can so easily allow it to be taken from us, because it is not our possessions that God is interested in, it is our hearts. It is not the car that you drive that defines who you are, it is the way you live your life and how you live your life. So let us live for God, because all that we are and all that we do comes from Him. 

Have and awesome day dear friend of Jesus