Spring is finally arrived and it is a glorious morning! Praise be to GOD! Even though it is kinda foggy out there, it is such a blessed morning because this is the day that the Lord has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it. Winter is finally OVER! Somebody give me a shout! HALLELUJAH!!!!!! Ok…so that was my lovely outburst for today. I’m sure that woke you up but it’s sooo awesome!!!! YAY!!!!!You must know by now that for all those that have been following my blog, I celebrate Spring more than Winter…and if I had the seasons in my way…I’d have spring all year through but of course God is the maker so I respect the beginning and the end of all these seasons. Phew…got that one off my chest lol.
So today I was reading a few Chapters from the book of Job this morning and what really got me going is how Satan kept petitioning God to test how much Job “Feared” the Lord. Let me tell you that God really loved Job indisputably because of the way he reverenced the Lord. Job was a humble man and a man of stature that made him in a way the exception to most people in the bible. His level of Humility is indeed much to be admired, but it’s not enough for us to admire it, we have to be an example of that level of humility too. This is the conclusion I drew upon after reading just chapter 1 of the book of Job.
He Feared God soo much that he would go so far as to burn sacrifices as a covering for his family just in case his family (in particular his children) had sinned against God. The man is commendable in that he knew how to maintain his integrity before the Lord because he understood that the FEAR OF THE LORD is the beginning of all Wisdom and fools despise such wisdom and run quickly to do evil.
And to man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, And to depart from evil is understanding.’”
Let’s read a bit from the Book of Job:
Satan Attacks Job’s Character
6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan[b] also came among them. 7 And the Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?”
So Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.”
8 Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?”
9 So Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for nothing? 10 Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 11 But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!”
12 And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.”
So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.
Job Loses His Property and Children
13 Now there was a day when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house; 14 and a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them, 15 when the Sabeans[c] raided them and took them away—indeed they have killed the servants with the edge of the sword; and I alone have escaped to tell you!”
16 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants, and consumed them; and I alone have escaped to tell you!”
17 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three bands, raided the camels and took them away, yes, and killed the servants with the edge of the sword; and I alone have escaped to tell you!”
18 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, 19 and suddenly a great wind came from across[d] the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people, and they are dead; and I alone have escaped to tell you!”
20 Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. 21 And he said:
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
And naked shall I return there.
The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away;
Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
22 In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.
Well, after reading that over and over…I thought to myself…How much do I really love the LORD? Have you ever asked that question to yourself?
Satan has no need to attack already “weak Christians”, and by weak I mean unbelieving christians because…if you don’t believe in God or lose your faith in God along your walk, then you’ve got to question…are you still a “Christian”? A Christian by definition means Believer of Christ so if you lose faith in Jesus along the way…do you still maintain your postion as a Christian? Seriously think about it.
I know what I’m saying sounds like a terrible question, but I have had a few attacks in my life that made me question my Christianity as a person and it’s NOT “if” the attack comes, it’s “WHEN”!
I have found that Satan typically appears when he recognizes the strong Christian, the steadfast, the unwavering, the one that FEARS GOD the most above every man. Such a Christian is someone he finds worth contending with. The key word here is WORTH. Measure your WORTH in GOD’s eyes. If you are a believer, you are worth contending with as far as Satan is concerned, but your Worth is only measured by your CUP of FAITH in Jesus Christ, Son of GOD. I keep saying in different posts, “measure your CUP”. If your cup is running on empty…then my friend, you need to reassess your life. If your cup is overflowing, then you need to enlarge your vessel for greater Glory because to much that is given, much is required of you.
God finds us to be of so much worth to HIM that HE sent His Son Jesus to die for us, how much WORTH do we find in our LORD JESUS CHRIST?????
But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.
Job was a rich man prior to the petition by Satan against his life. When we go through trials, we must understand that our Character will be tested…it’s not an option, it is mandatory that our Character in Christ will be tested. Sometimes, the testing and trials will come like waves beating at each other one after the other after the other after the other until we are driven to a corner and at such moments the only question that we will be left to answer is DO YOU STILL LOVE THE LORD despite the TRIAL that you have just endured? Job went through it in Job 1: 14-19 so surely…who’s to say we won’t go through such testing ourselves?
Some people love what I call the “perks” of Christianity such as the Hedge of Protection, the Full Armor of God, Prosperity, Peace, Blessings etc, but they detest the TESTS that must come forth to shape us into the likeness of our GOD. Don’t detest the test because it is through this test that our Image is molded and crafted by the Potters Hands, our Father GOD.
But now, O LORD, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.
Today, think on what it means to REALLY LOVE THE LORD with all your HEART, MIND and SOUL.
Tests will come but they are not intended to break you, they are there to shape you into what GOD calls you to be which is to be a son/daughter of GOD. If you want to be God’s People, you have to endure the tests. Walking with GOD is one thing, but the question is to what extent are we willing to Stay and Stand with HIM?
Friends, I say all of this with much FEAR and Trembling. I know that I personally dislike tests, especially the difficult ones I’ve had to endure….but I feel in my spirit that I had to say this today so that we understand that when we face difficult situations, GOD IS WITH YOU THROUGH IT ALL as hard as that may seem to be to accept. GOD doesn’t abandon His Favored Flock so just know that GOD IS WITH YOU ALWAYS even in the midst of the Trial. Satan would like to discredit your relationship with Him, but it’s up to you to prove Satan wrong in the midst of your trials. In the end, to be a Christian means Standing with GOD through the Good and the Bad, much like a Marriage Vow. Don’t divorce along the way, remain COMMITTED and demonstrate your Love for God Today and everyday.
I have a song that is playing in my head at the moment to end this meditation by Israel Houghton and New Breed called Breath into Me. Let everything that has breath, PRAISE THE LORD!PRAISE THE LORD! GOD BLESS YOU TODAY EVERYBODY!
Scriptures to Meditate
Romans 5:2-4 (NKJV)
2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope.
2 Corinthians 6:3-5 (NKJV)
3 We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed. 4 But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses, 5 in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fastings;
Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.
2 Thessalonians 1:3-5 (NKJV)
God’s Final Judgment and Glory
3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other, 4 so that we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure, 5 which is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer;
Fools mock at sin, But among the upright there is favor.
For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield.