In a world where there is good and evil, good and bad things can happen. In a world with people who are trying to get away with doing bad things, consequences of the actions happen. Do you see what is going on around you? Are you doing anything about it? Are you saying anything about it? Do you realize that even with your best efforts and best intentions things may still happen?
Today’s reading starts in Job 1. Job saw what was taking place and so he was doing his part to cover it. He was putting God first and in such lifting up his children too. What the devil plans for evil, God can turnaround and use for good. As I see Job in today’s reading, I am comforted because I know the end of the story. I know how God used Job as a message for me as I was transitioning jobs and had it timed to the point where on my last day of the old job, I was reading the end of Job and to this day, Job 42:12 is a promise from God I am holding onto.
We see in Job how the devil has to ask for permission. Do you realize God is able to show off who you are and your trust in Him? Imagine God saying to the devil “Did you notice my servant Job? There is no one like him on the earth—a blameless and upright man, who fears God and spurns evil” about you? (replace Job with your name) No matter the test and no matter the trial, don’t give up! Remember God’s promise that in this world we will have troubles, but to take faith for Jesus has already overcome the world. Remember God’s promise that we should consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds for the testing will produce endurance and that as we let the endurance have its perfect results it will bring us to a point of completeness and perfection, lacking nothing.
We see in Job how the devil says that it’s because of God’s protection and blessing that Job believes. God allows the devil to try…and Job’s response in receiving such terrible news was to humble himself and worship God. Through it all Job didn’t sin or cast reproach on God.
Today’s reading continues into Job 2. We see it begins again with God asking the devil what he has been up to. He brings up Job again to the devil and again the devil gives reasons for why Job is still holding firmly to his integrity even after what the devil had done already. So the devil brings up tormenting and testing Job by attacking his own physical body, but God wouldn’t allow it to kill Job. So the devil afflicted Job with boils all over his body. Even when his wife confronted him about his integrity, Job didn’t give up hope and faith in God. He responded with “You speak as any foolish woman would speak. Should we accept the good from God and not accept the bad?”. Today’s reading from Job concludes with his friends coming and witnessing what has taken place – humbling themselves and weeping for him. For seven days and nights they did not speak because they saw he was in great pain.
Don’t lose hope! Don’t lose faith! Put your hope and trust in God! Even when his friends came to confront him because of everything going on figuring he must have done something to get God made at him, he stood firm.
Today’s reading continues into Luke 6. We need to remember that God isn’t just God of parts but He is God of all. We need to remember He has it all under control. Be it the days of the week (as Jesus was questioned about the Sabbath) or anything else. Don’t lose hope and don’t lose faith! They questioned Him when they were in the field. They challenged Him when He healed a man at the synagogue. We can put our trust in God! He loves us so much that He sent Jesus to redeem us and set us free! So don’t lose hope and don’t lose faith.
Today’s reading also speak to Jesus’ choosing of his 12. His inner circle. He went to the Father and prayed. Which is right where we need to turn no matter what wisdom, instruction, direction, or help we need. So let’s grab hold of that and ask in Jesus’ name.
So let’s walk in the blessings of Jesus, today’s reading continues with these blessings…
- Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied.
Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.
Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, and revile you, and spurn your name as evil on account of the Son of Man.
We can take a hold of Jesus’ promises and the truth which He spoke. We know that we need to get ourselves right with God. We know that others need to start a relationship with God too so that He can do a work in them, but we need to be God’s hands of love extended and arms of compassion embracing.
23Rejoice in that day and jump for joy! For behold, your reward is great in heaven! For their fathers used to treat the prophets the same way.”24But woe to you who are rich, for you are receiving your comfort in full.25Woe to you who are full, for you shall be hungry. Woe to you who are laughing now, for you shall mourn and weep.26Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers used to treat the false prophets the same way.”27“But I say to you who are listening: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,28bless those who curse you, pray for the ones who mistreat you.29To the one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also. And from the one who takes your cloak, do not hold back your shirt.30Give to every one who asks you; and whoever takes something of yours, make no demands upon him.31“Do to others as you would have them do to you.32If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.33And if you do good to those who are doing good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do this.34And if you lend to those from whom you expect to take, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners in order to receive back the same.35“But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Then your reward will be great and you will be sons of Elyon, for He is kind to the ungrateful and evil ones.36Be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate to you.”37Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Pardon, and you will be pardoned.38Give, and it will be given to you—a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, overflowing, will be given into your lap. For whatever measure you measure out will be measured back to you.”39He also spoke this parable to them: “The blind cannot show the way to the blind, can he? Won’t they both fall into a pit?40A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.41“Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the beam in your own eye?42How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the beam in your own eye? You hypocrite! First take the beam out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly the speck in your brother’s eye, to take it out.”43“For there is no good tree that produces rotten fruit, nor again does a rotten tree produce good fruit.44Each tree comes to be known by its own fruit. For figs are not gleaned out of briars; neither are bunches of grapes gathered from thorn bushes.45“Out of the good treasure of his heart the good man brings forth good, and out of evil the evil man brings forth evil. For from the overflow of the heart his mouth speaks.”46“Why do you call Me ‘Master, Master’ and do not do what I say?47Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and does them, I will show you what he is like.48He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock. And when a flood came, the torrent burst against that house but could not shake it, because it had been well built.49“But the one who hears yet does not do is like a man who built a house upon land without a foundation. When the torrent burst against it, immediately it collapsed—and the destruction of that house was great!”— from Luke 6
Today’s reading closes in Revelation. Revelation is a good example where you can’t just make assumptions based on what happens at the beginning. Job was similar when you compare Job 1 to Job 42 (specifically Job 1:3 with Job 42:12). If you don’t read all of Revelation then you don’t hear about the final battle – that Jesus wins and so do all of us who remained on His team. So don’t lose hope and don’t lose faith today. God knows the beginning and the end. God’s Word tells us in Jeremiah 29:11 that His plans for us are good, they are to give us a hope and a future. So don’t give up! Let’s press on! And don’t feel like you have to go and do it all on your own – for God’s Word tells us in Genesis how it wasn’t good to be alone. That’s why He gave us one another!
Today’s reading closes with Revelation 4 where we hear John being called to hear and see and learn of the things that need to happen before the end. We see all the worshipping that takes place.