June 6, 2017

June 6, 2017

JOB 17-20

Focus Verse: “As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,
And at the last He will take His stand on the earth.
“Even after my skin is destroyed,
Yet from my flesh I shall see God;
Whom I myself shall behold,
And whom my eyes will see and not another.
My heart faints within me!”
Job 19:25-27

 

Once again we see that Job’s hope rests in God alone. Are you picking up on any theme here? When our hopes here on earth have run out, we are finally in the place where God can give us a real hope that is eternal. Sometimes a hard reset is what is best for us because it forces us to relocate all of our hopes, even the ones that we didn’t know we had misplaced.

 

This sounds harsh, and I want to make something clear, because the book of Job makes this clear at the very beginning, God didn’t cause Job’s suffering. But God will redeem it. Through all of this, Job’s hope will be fine tuned to remain in God and in Him alone.

 

Idols tend to creep up on us. No one starts out by saying, “When this child is born, I’m going to worship him or her.” But as they grow up and we fall in love with them, their sports schedule starts to interfere with our church schedule (not saying that being in attendance in church is vital to your salvation, but it’s a very healthy step in growing in Christ), our prayer time, our Bible reading. We start concerning ourselves more with our children’s GPA, awards and scholarships than with their (or our) walk with Christ.

 

We didn’t mean to put our hope in our children, but the enemy has a way of distracting us and getting us to major in the minors and minor in the majors. We take things that God intended to be good things, things that should give us joy and fulfillment, and we find our ultimate joy and fulfillment in those things instead of in a relationship with God. And when this happens, we need a hard reset to get back on the right track with God.

 

Clearly Job has gone through a hard reset. It’s awful that this was the way it had to happen, but it’s like Job says here, his heart faints within him at the very idea that he will one day get to stand face to face before God.

 

In the very beginning we see a Dad, Job, interceding for his children multiple times a day – offering sacrifices on their behalf just in case they had sinned. It’s a picture of a very loving Dad…it’s a picture that is dangerously close to a Dad who idolizes his children. In no way, shape or form am I saying that this is the reason that all of this happened to Job, but once can clearly see the change in him from a very temporal perspective to an eternal perspective. I have to wonder if Job was missing out on his own devotional time with the Lord to offer these sacrifices for his children.

 

Where do you need a hard reset in your life? What things are you putting more temporal hope into than the eternal hope you have in Christ? If there is an area that the Holy Spirit is pointing out to you, correct it. When our hope and priorities are properly aligned, there’s no need for a hard reset. This isn’t a protection policy against bad things happening to you, but it does guarantee that your hope will always be in the right place, in the right person, Jesus Christ.

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