Have you truly surrendered your life to God? Is your relationship with Him genuine or just religious activity? Sadly, we’re often content with little more than an appearance of godliness until hardship, drought or adversity comes our way.
Job 35 & 36
1 Corinthians 4.1-21
Job 35 & 36:
Verse 36.15, “He delivers the poor in their affliction, and opens their ears in oppression.”
God uses tests, trials, and times of suffering to draw us closer to Him. Sadly, we are often content to just go about our lives without giving God much thought until we have nowhere else to turn. Sometimes the only way He can get our attention is to allow some adversity into our lives.
But in other cases, even when we are living our lives to please Him (as Job was), He allows adversity to take us to a higher place with Him, not to pull us down. That is when trust is so important.
Verse 8, “You answered them, O LORD our God; You were to them God-Who-Forgives, though You took vengeance on their deeds.”
Though 1 John 1.9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” And, even though, we are not under the law, God’s forgiveness doesn’t always mean the removal of all consequences.
Galatians 6, a New Testament passage, says:
7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. 9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.
We are no longer under the judgment of the law. If we’re saved, we won’t suffer eternal punishment for our sins, but God does allow appropriate consequences in our lives for His divine purposes (Heb. 12.5-11).
Buy the truth & do not sell it
Verse 23, “Buy the truth, and do not sell it, also wisdom and instruction and understanding.”
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”
We should be willing to get God’s truth no matter what the cost and once we have gotten it, we should not be willing to give it up, not for wealth or fame or popularity or anything else.
1 Corinthians 4.1-21:
Just be faithful
Verses 1-2, “Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.”
Like Paul, we are all servants of God. He is the Master and we are to manage (steward) that which He has entrusted to us—whether our children, our finances, the truths of His Word, our talents or anything else. Our responsibility is to be “faithful.” We are not responsible for the results, only our faithfulness. That’s good news and very freeing.
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