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Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. – Job 42:3b

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If there was any one man on earth who had reason to question God’s love, it was Job.  He lost his health, and his wealth- all at the same time.  His friends came to his side only to question his spirituality.  God had already answered the question of his integrity.  Job was described in the opening verses of the book as “blameless and upright” (See Job 1:1).  His calamities were not born from sin.  Job acknowledged God’s right to do anything in his life until one day he could take it no longer.  He questioned God’s motives.

God answered Job, but not in the way he wanted to hear. God answered him with a series of questions that represents the most incredible discourse of correction by God to any human being.  Three chapters later, Job realized that he had questioned the motives of the Author of the universe, the Author of love.  He fell flat before his Creator and realized his total depravity. “Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.”

Have you ever questioned God’s activity in your life? Have you questioned His love for you based on circumstances that came your way? Calvary__s_cross_by_joshuapierreThe cross at Calvary answers the love question.  He sent His own Son in replacement for your sin.  If you were the only person on earth, He would have done the same.  His ways cannot always be understood or reconciled in our finite minds.  That must be left for a future time when all will be understood.  For now, entrust your life to Him completely.  Embrace Him in the hard times and the good.

[Source: Today God Is First by Os Hillman, Section One Adversity]

Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox comes an abundant harvest.  Proverbs 14:4

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My wife and I run together through a new home subdivision.  Often we see the street filled with red clay from the land as bulldozers clear it to lay a foundation.  The job site littered with lumber, all sorts of trash from the workers, and is generally a mess.  The house looks ugly, it has all its insides exposed as it is being pieced together yet this process is necessary to get to the finished product.  When completed, the home is beautiful.  The landscaping looks like it came out of a home-design magazine.  Everything is clean and perfect in order for the new home-owner to move in.

Our walk with God is much the same process.  Often we must go through a messy period of our lives in which all aspects of it are in disarray.  It is in these times that God builds a new structure.  He might remove some structural timbers in our lives and replace them with new ones.  He might even add on another room.  And unless this process takes place, we will never see the end product.  The goal is more Christ likeness.  In order to achieve this in us, He requires a period of removing all that is not of Him.  It can be a painful process.

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It would be impossible to keep oxen in a barn without having to clean up the mess from time to time.  It just comes with the territory, but the result of the oxen is an abundant harvest.  God may be allowing a mess in order to ensure a fruitful harvest in your life.  Learn from Him so that you might experience the fulfillment of His purposes for you in these times.

[Source: Today God Is First by Os Hillman, Section One Adversity]

 

 

Seeking God

Posted: July 14, 2013 in Faith
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Happy Sunday! Thanks for sharing this wonderful message

From the Inside Out

Seeking after God.  It’s a concept we come across frequently in scripture.  But God is Spirit; he’s invisible to us.  How do we seek after someone we can’t see?

Perhaps we can answer that question by considering the ways we seek a person, who can be seen.

Example #1:

When my husband, Steve, and I are separated in a crowd, it’s quite amazing how quickly I can spot him.  Beyond height, hair, and eye color, I know the breadth of his shoulders, the way the hair grows on the back of his head, the shape of his ears.  In fact, it’s such nuances as these that draw my attention, even more than the descriptors listed on his driver’s license.

Perhaps our first step in seeking God is to get to know what he looks like, although not his physical Being, since he’s chosen not to reveal himself that way.  But as…

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Read: 1 Timothy 2:8-10; Romans 12:1-2

As we hurtle through the first part of this new century we see an increase in people questioning time-honored standards.  This was plainly detailed recently by a teen pop star- a girl who professes faith in Jesus.  While discussing standards for modesty in how she dresses, she discounted criticism of her skimpy clothing by saying, “That’s so old school.”

This young woman is both right and wrong.  In a sense, she’s right.  The standards of dress for Christians are “old school.” They were written down more than 2,000 years ago.  But her attitude that suggests ancient standards can be set aside is wrong.  In the truest form, the principles in the Bible are not “old” as much as they are timeless.

While written ages ago, they are still fresh and applicable.  As to the question of modesty, when the Bible says women should “adorn themselves in modest apparel” (1 Tim 2:9), it is still true today that we shouldn’t dress to draw attention to ourselves.   A more general principle, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed” (Rom 12:2), is a 2013 command that can guide the question of how we dress.

So weather you’re a pop star or a pew sitter, don’t worry about being “old school” if what you are doing is done according to the Book- Dave Branon

Dear Lord, help us to follow the timeless standards of the Bible in speech, clothing, and other lifestyle matters.  May all we say and do bring glory to You.  Amen.

 Do my choices bring glory to God or draw attention to me?

[Source: Our Daily Bread, 12 July 2013]