Ever heard people make comments like “I don’t know what they did, but it must have been bad for that to have happened to them”? Ever found people speaking blame based on what is going on without actually knowing what is going on? Consider the story of the man born blind and the question that was asked – “who sinned, this man or his parents, that he should be born blind?” Jesus’ response speaks to the fact/the truth that we can’t and shouldn’t jump to conclusions based on the situation, the circumstance, or the symptoms that are being shown when He says “Neither this man nor his parents sinned. This happened so that the works of God might be brought to light in him. ”
In today’s reading we see Job being accused again and Job’s rebuttable in Job 15 and 16. Yes, it is true we are in a fallen world and yes all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. But we aren’t to be judging but rather we are to be loving and pointing people towards our Father in Heaven!
Rather than judge, let’s ask God for wisdom, discernment and how He would have us work in this situation. While we are here, there is something God has things for us to do. We see how Jesus spits in some dirt and then puts the mud on the man’s eyes and sends him away with specific instructions – “Go, wash in the Pool of Siloam” and he did and came back seeing…a life transformed by an encounter with Jesus. Because Jesus saw beyond the man’s circumstances and met him right where he was at and then touched him to miraculous results – a life transformed.
As I read Job’s closing statement, it reminds me and speaks to me about the advocate I have in Heaven, Jesus sitting at the right hand of the Father interceding for me. Job puts it this way…
19Even now my witness is in heaven, my advocate is on high.20My intercessor is my friend; as my eyes pour out tears to God;21he contends with God on behalf of man as one pleads for a friend.–from Job 16
So where are you at today? Are you in Job’s situation? Are you in the situation of one of his friends? What will you do about it? Will you keep your plea to Jesus for help? Will you not judge based on the situation, circumstance, or symptom, but rather show compassion like Jesus did?
Today’s reading continues into Luke 13. It shows how we need to turn back to God. There isn’t a scale of sinners from worst to best. Have you sinned? Yes or No? Do you know what the penalty of sin is? The penalty of sin is death! But that doesn’t have to be our final destination for Jesus came that we would have life and life to the full, so we need to turn back to God and ask Jesus into our hearts for the same scripture about the penalty also tells us “the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” You may have heard the word we must “repent” – we must turn from our ways and turn back to God. Will you be good for something or will you be cast away? Will you bear good fruit or will you be cut down? Will you start to till the soil of your heart and add some Jesus fertilizer so that you will and can bear good fruit?
As a leader, will you lead by example? What example are people seeing as they watch you? Will your actions make a difference and cause people to turn to God praising Him because of what you have done? Is it against the law to do what is good, what is right, what is just? Don’t be a hypocrite!
Luke continues with the story of the mustard seed. It’s so small as a seed, but when it grows up it is a place of shade and rest for birds. So if we can or could just have the faith the size of a mustard seed, imagine what God can and will do in and through us. We see another example with flour and the impact of a little bit of yeast and how it can impact the entire quantity of flour. Even a little bit of sin can cause us and others to be impacted.
So do you want to be saved? Will you ask Jesus into your life? Will you open the door to your heart and ask Jesus in? He’s knocking! Will you answer the door? Will you live a life in relationship with Jesus? Or will you be someone who knows about Jesus? It makes a difference!
Jesus concludes here speaking to the Pharisees, speaking to what will happen to Him and that it must take place in Jerusalem. Where He will be tried and killed and how He will be back on the third day.
Today’s reading closes in Revelation 8. And it got quiet, too quiet. And then it began…incense offered up and prayers raised up to God. And then the noise began. The trumpets blew. The first trumpet triggered hail and fire mixed with blood thrown upon the earth and 1/3 burned up. The second trumpet triggered something like a huge mountain ablaze with fire was thrown into the sea and 1/3 of the ships were destroyed. The third trumpet triggered a great star to fall from heaven like a burning torch and it fell on the rivers and the springs and 1/3 of the waters became wormwood (bitter). The fourth trumpet triggered a 1/3 of the sun and 1/3 of the moon and 1/3 of the stars to stop shinning, darkening the sky both day and night. It closes with an angel sounding a warning to those who were still upon the earth as the remaining trumpets were about to go.