“Running to God When We Want to Run Away” August 6

 

Life, including pain and heartache, happens to us all, but if we don’t know the essential character of God, we will be tempted to blame Him and run away, instead of running to God when we need Him the most.

Also, read about “the rod of correction” when it comes to parenting and one of the most freeing verses in the Bible.

 

Today’s Readings:
Job 3 & 4
Psalm 91.14-16
Proverbs 22.15
Romans 8.1-21

 

Running to God When We Want to Run Away

 

Job 3 & 4:

The Essential Character of God

 

In chapter 3 Job poured out his grief in very descriptive terms. He had just lost all 10 of his children. His grief was real and powerful. He wished he had never been born.

While today we might not tear our clothing and put dust on our heads, those who are grieving will almost always express their deep sorrow—through tears, wringing of the hands, crying out to God, etc. Strong emotions and outward manifestations of grief are not wrong, but must be kept in their proper place, amount and duration. They cannot be allowed to overtake our lives.

Remember what Job’s first response was after the initial shock and physical reaction (Job 1):

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.

“Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

“In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.”

Though he didn’t understand the “why,” Job knew the essential character of God. If you’re struggling to understand or accept God’s circumstances in your life, don’t run from God; run to Him. Get to know Him better. Learn about His attributes—beginning with His goodness, His mercy, and His holiness. Knowing Him will enable you to trust Him even when life doesn’t make sense.

 

Running to God - Life, including pain and heartache, happens to us all, but if we don't know the essential character of God, we will be tempted to blame Him and run away, instead of running to God when we need Him the most. Also, read about "the rod of correction" when it comes to parenting and one of the most freeing verses in the Bible.

 

Today’s Other Readings:

 

Psalm 91.14-16:

Those Who Abide Under the Shadow of the Almighty

 

Verse 14 begins with God saying, “Because he has set his love upon Me …” MacArthur defines that word love as “ ‘a deep longing’ for God or a ‘clinging’ to God.”

Is that you? Do you long for God? Do you long to know Him? Do you cling to Him in times of trouble, or doubt, or fear? God isn’t looking for strong, independent people, He’s looking for those who will be dependent upon Him—who will “abide under the shadow of the Almighty” (Ps. 91.1).  Continue reading

The Jesus Code: “If a man dies, shall he live again?” + LINKUP

 

The Jesus Code

Chapter 15 of The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.

This week’s question: “If a man dies, shall he live again?” (Job 14.14).

As the author points out, most, if not all of us, have asked the question at one time or another, “Is there more than just this life? Is heaven real or is this all there is?”

Job had just lost everything and he wondered out loud, “Was it all for nothing?”

Job answered his own question in chapter 19.25-27:

25 For I know that my Redeemer lives,
And He shall stand at last on the earth;
26 And after my skin is destroyed, this I know,
That in my flesh I shall see God,
27 Whom I shall see for myself,
And my eyes shall behold, and not another.
How my heart yearns within me!

Hawkins says, Job’s answer was positive, pointed and personal:

  • Positive – “For I KNOW that my Redeemer lives.
  • Pointed – “… my Redeemer lives … and after my skin is destroyed .. I SHALL SEE GOD.”
  • Personal “MY Redeemer live.”

This life is full of trouble. Earlier Job had said just as surely as the fact that sparks fly upward (5.7). But as the author points out, one day, “Whatever takes the joy out of life will be gone forever for those who can say, ‘I know that my Redeemer lives!’”

Can you answer Job’s question like he did: positively, pointedly and personally?

 

Next week’s question is: “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11.3).

Last week’s question: “Should such a man as I flee?” (Nehemiah 6.11). Read it here.

 

 

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Blessings,
Donna

 

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