I just finished reading Job 22-24. Job is such an encouraging book for me because I have gone through much sickness and pain and sorrow in my life. It gives me hope because I can see that God doesn’t allow anything to happen in my life without His approval. Maybe that’s a hard concept for some but all you have to do is read Job 1 to see what I am saying.
We can be an Eliphaz to someone in our lives when we judge why they are going through something that is painful. We live in a fallen world that wants us to fall too. If you know Jesus as your Savior and Lord, you might be more compassionate, more caring, more loving than Job’s friends were. It is up to us to listen to the Holy Spirit; and sometimes He speaks through the Word and other times a friend will be truthful with us. We need to check ourselves to be assured that we are walking on the path that Jesus has chosen for us.
Just how exactly do we check ourselves? To whom do we compare ourselves to? The answer is quite simple. So simple, in fact, that some will reject such a suggestion. Read the Bible from cover to cover each year, asking God to show you daily what you need. Be prepared for Him to show you your sin, to repent and work on not repeating that sin. As we are reading the Word of God, we will see Jesus in a new light. We will have a better understanding of why He came to earth, died for us and rose again in victory!
God is faithful! He gave us a manual to live our lives by, to guide us through each day towards righteousness. “This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” (Rom 3:22-24)
My pastor is preaching on Joshua and recently spoke about the Israelites going from fame to shame to fame. Isn’t it like that in our lives as well? To repent means to acknowledge our evil behavior and to turn away from doing it again. According to Ephesians 4:28, when we turn away from our sin, we must have another plan to take the place of such behavior. Believe me, I know it is easy to fall back into the same sin again but I also know what a compassionate God we serve. He will forgive us when we come before Him in repentance. But, it is up to us to look at filling that behavior with something that is pleasing to the Father.
Anyone who has read my first book, “Faithful Hope” will understand that I struggle with something that most people would find rather silly. But, it is my sin. If I do not fill that with something that brings glory to God, I can become quite the sinner, for one sin can take me on the downward spiral to another sin, to another and so on. Fill that repentant sin with something to glorify God!
If you need encouragement to help you read through the Bible, get a copy of “Faithful Promises of God”. It will also help you to apply some of God’s Word in your own life. God is faithful! “…put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” Eph 4:24