Will you persevere? Will you press on? Will you trust? Will you believe? No matter what? Don’t give up! Don’t give in! Don’t lose hope! Don’t lose faith! Remember what faith is…
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. –from Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)
in a different translation we read
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
–from Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)
So be confident in what God says! Be confident in His promises! Be confident that His plans are good! Be confident that He can turn what the enemy plans for evil and use it for good! Be confident that His plans are to give you a hope and a future!
Consider the evidence! Consider the assurance! Remember the testimonies of your faith and the evidence God produced and provided! Don’t lose hope put your trust in God!
Today’s reading comes to us from Job 35 who never walked away from God even in the midst of the trials and tribulation from the devil. Does he ask questions? Yes. Does he bring his concerns before God? Yes. God wants an intimate relationship with us. It’s ok to ask, to seek, and to knock. How will you respond when you get your answer?
1Then Elihu said:
2“Do you think this is just?
You say, ‘I am in the right, not God.’
3Yet you ask him, ‘What profit is it to me,
and what do I gain by not sinning?’
4“I would like to reply to you
and to your friends with you.
5Look up at the heavens and see;
gaze at the clouds so high above you.
6If you sin, how does that affect him?
If your sins are many, what does that do to him?
7If you are righteous, what do you give to him,
or what does he receive from your hand?
8Your wickedness only affects humans like yourself,
and your righteousness only other people.
9“People cry out under a load of oppression;
they plead for relief from the arm of the powerful.
10But no one says, ‘Where is God my Maker,
who gives songs in the night,
11who teaches us more than he teaches the beasts of the earth
and makes us wiser than the birds in the sky?’
12He does not answer when people cry out
because of the arrogance of the wicked.
13Indeed, God does not listen to their empty plea;
the Almighty pays no attention to it.
14How much less, then, will he listen
when you say that you do not see him,
that your case is before him
and you must wait for him,
15and further, that his anger never punishes
and he does not take the least notice of wickedness.
16So Job opens his mouth with empty talk;
without knowledge he multiplies words.”
–from Job 35
Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on literature brings us the topic of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and his poem Job’s Luck. We learn how his poems and writings contained many biblical and religious references. We read about how he was a lyrical poet, critic, and philosopher. We learn about how prominent he was in the English Romantic movement. We even get to see how he was able to find some humor in the story of Job with his poem “Job’s Luck” which goes like this…
Sly Beelzebub took all occasions
To try Job’s constancy and patience;
He took his honours, took his health,
He took his children, took his wealth,
His camels, horses, asses, cows—
And the sly Devil did not take his spouse.
But Heaven that brings out good from evil,
And loves to disappoint the Devil,
Had predetermined to restore
Twofold all Job had before,
His children, camels, horses, cows,—
Short-sighted Devil, not to take his spouse!
I remember when I used to dread reading Job and how it would speak into my current situation. Were things going to get touch or rough? That was up until 2013 when on my last day on the job my reading came from Job 42:12 and my next working day was going to be at a new company after 19 years and 1 day at the first company I had worked for right out of university. I remember telling my friend my interpretation (the second half of his life was twice as good as the first) and he questioned it until I shared the start of Job’s story and the numbers that were there.
‘In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. He had seven sons and three daughters, and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East. ‘
–from Job 1:1-3
And the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning. And he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys.
We learn through Job’s story to persevere and how in the end God’s plan is for good not for evil and it is to give us a hope and a future. So now I don’t fear or worry about what will happen when I get to Job but rather how will God use this time in order to bring himself the praise, the honor, and the glory.
For those who prayed this for the first time or as a recommitment to God, I celebrate with the angels in heaven that you made the greatest decision of your life. Will you leave a comment so that I know and pray for you? Will you leave a comment or question so we can have a conversation? Look for a local church that is a Bible believing, Bible preaching church that will be able to come alongside you and help you in this journey called life.
I thank You Lord for this new day and for all that will be in it. Help me Lord I pray that I may bring You praise, honor, and glory. Help me Lord to take hold of the truths and promises of Your Word so that I won’t lose hope, I won’t worry, and I won’t fear. Help me Lord I pray to live out today in a way that will lift You up. Help me Lord to see the vision and the purpose and the plan so that I may go beyond being a hearer of the word but living out being a doer of the word in a way that will bring You all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Amen.