Contemplations

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Testing 101

DAY THIRTY THREE: Sunday, November 16, 2008

Read Job 1:6-22

"But what do you think would happen if you reached down and took away everything that is his? He'd curse you right to your face, that's what." Satan - quoted in Job 1:11 (The Message)


The devil is consistently looking for people he can tempt to blame God for their troubles. Thankfully Christ followers are promised that we will not be tested beyond our limitations. (1 Corinthians 10:13) But we will be tested. Our only hope is to embrace the realization that God is enough.

When Job's world fell apart he suffered greatly. But God did not leave him. Hope is a repetitive theme in the book of Job. Even though the main character wrestled with his grueling circumstances, as do we all sometimes, he remained firm in his commitment to place his trust in God.

Job said, "I know the my Savior lives, and at the end He will stand on the earth." Job 19:25 (CEV)

It is not today's trouble but tomorrow's triumph that matters most! And the follower of Christ is assured that at the end Jesus Christ will reign and His followers will reign with Him! (2 Timothy 2:12)

Action step for today: Pass the test God is allowing you to undergo right now in your life by telling Him that you realize that He is with you; that He is enough; that even if you suffer now, you are thankful that you will one day reign with Him since you have placed your hope in Him.

Befriend someone being tested, not by preaching to them, but by providing something they need.

1 Comments:

  • At Sunday, November 16, 2008 11:41:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    You might be interested in this online commentary "Putting God on Trial: The Biblical Book of Job" (http://www.bookofjob.org) as supplementary or background material for your study of the Book of Job. It is written by a Canadian criminal defense lawyer, now a Crown prosecutor, and it explores the legal and moral dynamics of the Book of Job with particular emphasis on the distinction between causal responsibility and moral blameworthiness embedded in Job’s Oath of Innocence. It is highly praised by Job scholars (Clines, Janzen, Habel) and the Review of Biblical Literature, all of whose reviews are on the website. The author is an evangelical Christian, denominationally Anglican. He is also the Canadian Director for the Mortimer J. Adler Centre for the Study of the Great Ideas, a Chicago-based think tank.

    Robert Sutherland

     

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