June 13, 2017

June 13, 2017

JOB 40-42

Focus Verse: “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear;
But now my eye sees You;
Therefore I retract,
And I repent in dust and ashes.”
Job 42:5-6

 

Here it is. The difference between religion and relationship. The difference between every single world religion and the Judeo/Christian faith. We don’t serve a god who we know through rules and regulations. We don’t even serve a god who we know through the stories of others. We serve a God who calls us into a personal relationship with Himself. And until you experience that relationship, you cannot possibly know Him and come into a relationship with Him.

 

Job experiences God here in these final chapters. He moves from knowing of God and hearing about Him to knowing God and hearing directly from Him. And his first response to this interaction is to bend under the weight of the glory of God and repent. The weight of God’s glory is so heavy, there is no other choice.

 

This is why, scripturally, every time God’s glory falls, everything around Him falls away. The earth quakes, the mountains tremble, and people fall to their knees. And the physical is just a small part of it; spiritually God’s glory causes all things to fall away. Pride is destroyed at the sound of His voice, fears are stilled, sickness is wiped away and the schemes of the enemy are annihilated.

 

You cannot come to God outside of relationship. He’s simply not that kind of God. And you cannot come into a relationship with Him without experiencing His glory. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – everything is solved by the presence of God. Whatever it is that you need, don’t seek the need, seek God’s presence. He will provide the need in His presence or will make you realize that it wasn’t really a need in the first place.

 

Job goes on to receive a double portion of everything that he has lost, but make no mistake, this is not the moral of the story. How small our God would be if that was the takeaway from the book of Job; that if we make it through our suffering, God will double our blessings. The moral of the story is found right here, before Job has a single possession restored. Job suffers well so that God is glorified, and as a reward he receives God’s presence.

 

HE is our reward. His presence. Nothing more and nothing less. His presence is all that we need.

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