Monday, January 15, 2007

Proverbs 3:33

Proverbs 3:33- “The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked, but He blesses the home of the just.”

This verse means a lot to me in the context of my life recently. See, during my quiet times, I’ve been reading and learning about Job. You know the guy who had all sorts of trials and tribulations happen to him, seemingly for no reason?

People have debated this for many, many, MANY years. They wonder why God did this to him; they wonder why he was tested if he was righteous before the Lord.

Let’s get this straight; God didn’t test Job-He allowed Job to be tested by the enemy. It’s stated in the Bible in black and white. God DIDN’T do the tormenting, the enemy did. God set BOUNDARIES on what the enemy could do in his persecution of Job.

I think God did this for two reasons. One, so that the enemy could see how much Job loved God. The other, so Job could see how prideful and arrogant he behaved towards God.

But wait, whoa, back the truck up Bo! God did what?

I said God showed Job his pride and arrogance. He showed Job that he thought his righteousness and his standing came from his own behavior. Job acted like God OWED it to him to be kind to him.

We’ve discussed this before, but I’m hard-headed, so it bears repeating. God DOES NOT OWE US DIDDLY! (And yes, diddly is the descriptive term.)

Sometimes, things happen in our lives. Things don’t go the way we think they ought. We get caught up in the moment; in our circumstances; in what is going on around us. We get bogged down in the quicksand of life.

God tells us to “look to the hills from whence cometh our help.” He tells us not to forget Who He is, and what He has already done for us. However, we get to the point in our walk where we take for granted our relationship with the Creator; not to mention the fact that we begin to expect certain things from God.

We expect that if we make a commitment to do something, and God is in it, that nothing will go wrong. And if/when something does happen to us, we look at God like He has lost His ever loving mind!

Job demanded from his “friends” that he wished he could approach God and show him why he did not deserve what was going on in his life. He wished that he could tell God how wrong He was for coming against him. After all, he was righteous; everyone around him knew it!

Then, something happened to him that happens to all of us at one time or another. God bowed up on Job. He came to face to face with him and told him to be a man and show God where He was wrong!

How small do you think Job felt at that moment? When the rush of adrenaline and anger is all gone, and all you feel is the utter insignificance of your being compared to that of the Almighty?

But in the end, Job redeemed himself, by repenting. And God blessed him TWICE as much as before. He was richer, more powerful, better known, more everything than ever. And I bet that he ascribed ALL his status to God; and rightfully so.

Let’s not forget that, if we are believers, our house is blessed. Sometimes, it may not seem like it. Sometimes, you are going through lots. Sometimes LOADS of garbage seem to be piling on top of you.

Don’t forget that we are blessed. This is my second New Year’s resolution-to TRY and remember that I am too blessed to be stressed. Sometimes, you may see me bowing under. But the greatest quality of a Christian, to me, is not that we bend under the strain. It’s that we REFUSE to BREAK under it.

Be blessed in the Lord today.

Bo J.

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