Wednesday, July 13, 2016

When Testings Come

Job 7:20  If I sin, what do I do to you, you watcher of mankind? Why have you made me your mark? Why have I become a burden to you?
Job 7:21  Why do you not pardon my transgression and take away my iniquity? For now I shall lie in the earth; you will seek me, but I shall not be."
Job 8:1  Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:
Job 8:2  "How long will you say these things, and the words of your mouth be a great wind?
Job 8:3  Does God pervert justice? Or does the Almighty pervert the right?
Job 8:4  If your children have sinned against him, he has delivered them into the hand of their transgression.
Job 8:5  If you will seek God and plead with the Almighty for mercy,
Job 8:6  if you are pure and upright, surely then he will rouse himself for you and restore your rightful habitation.
Job 8:7  And though your beginning was small, your latter days will be very great.

We have all encountered someone like Bildad when we undergo a trial or test, they take the place of God explaining why you are so unfortunate. "If only you had more faith, you must have some unconfessed sin?" Do not rush in to explain someone else's misfortune. Be with them to comfort, even with few words, but do not be their judge.
Job was called a righteous man by the LORD. The devil wanted to prove that Job would not be so righteous if his blessings were taken away from him. (Job 1:8-12) The LORD allowed satan to destroy Job's children. He left his wife to speak discouragement to him "curse God and die." God was not mad at Job and he is not mad at you. Hard times come, sometimes our faith is tested. Bildad in verse 6 said if you were pure and upright then God would bless and restore your rightful habitation. In fact God would do this in the end of the testing of Job. How does this apply to us? If we love God and serve him and if we are forgiven by Jesus Christ by our faith in him, then we are accounted as righteous and testing's will come. 

Rom 4:5  And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness,

 We pray and expect God to answer right away, but at times we must wait as Job had to wait. Wait on the LORD and he will bless you abundantly, he loves us. The things that happen are common to all people, but in Christ, God is faithful.

1Co 10:13  No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

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