5 Minute Read + Scripture readings

TODAY’S BIBLE READING:

Job 1:1–3:26 
1 Corinthians 14:1-17 
Psalm 37:12-29 
Proverbs 21:25-26

TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

Job 1:8 (CSB): “Then the Lord said to Satan, ‘Have you considered my servant Job? No one else on earth is like him, a man of perfect integrity, who fears God and turns away from evil.’”

REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

In American Christianity, so many that claim that they are opposed to the Health & Wealth Gospel actually believe it. When something good happens to them, they immediately assume that God is blessing them. When something bad happens, they feel like an injustice has occurred. “God, I’ve been faithfully serving You and this bad thing has happened to me. Why?!”

Fortunately, we have the Bible to correct our erroneous thinking. If God’s Word said nothing else about the subject, the book of Job is sufficient.

The book of Job essentially deals with the topic of suffering in a messed up world. By the end of chapter 1, we read that Job had lost his livelihood and all of his children had been killed.

If that happened to you or me, we might immediately ask the question: “God, what have I done to deserve this?”

That question assumes that God will give good things to those who faithfully follow Him and He will allow bad things to come to those who are not following Him. (This is the essence of the fallacies of the heretical Health & Wealth Gospel.)

All we need to do is read Job 1:8 (and Job 2:3 where God essentially repeats Himself) to see that sin did not bring on Job’s tragedy. It wasn’t because he was out of favor with God. God wasn’t angry at Job or disappointed in him.

None of the above things were true. The truth is that God was thoroughly pleased with Job and proud of him!

Job 1:8 (CSB): “Then the Lord said to Satan, ‘Have you considered my servant Job? No one else on earth is like him, a man of perfect integrity, who fears God and turns away from evil.’”

Essentially, there was a cosmic battle taking place. Satan wanted to demonstrate that God’s followers were weak and would quickly abandon Him if their life got tough. God presented Job to Satan as a trophy and as proof that his followers would continue to follow Him, no matter what he allowed into their life.

So, Job’s horrible troubles weren’t because of sin or God’s displeasure. No! Job’s troubles actually came about because God was very pleased with him and proud of him!

Friend, when bad things happen to you, it would be appropriate to do a self-assessment. Ask the Holy Spirit to search your mind and heart to reveal any hidden sins that may have brought on God’s discipline (Psalm 139:23-24). If any sin comes to mind that leads you to believe that your difficulties are God’s discipline for your disobedience, then immediately confess (admit what you’ve done and that it was wrong) and repent of your sins (stop doing it).

But, if there is no known sin, then don’t continue to assume that your troubles are evidence of God’s displeasure with you. In fact, Job’s example reveals that there will be times when God allows troubles into the life of those who are thoroughly pleasing to Him. He’s demonstrating your faithfulness to Him and that can only happen when you would have reason to run away from Him.

In those times, don’t waste your energy questioning Him. Just focus on passing the test. Keep your eyes on Him, strive for wholehearted obedience, and immediately repent of any shortcoming as you receive the grace and forgiveness to get back up and keep on going.

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