God Is in ControlDecember 5 2011 at 5:42 AM
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by Charles R. Swindoll
Read Job 12:1--25
Frankly, I admire Job's guts. I'm pleased he doesn't cave in and say, "Well, maybe you're right, Zophar. You sound like those other two guys, so I'm not going to disagree and fight you on this." No way! The strong rebuke of Zophar is met by an even stronger resistance from Job. This, by the way, is the only way to deal with a legalist. They, too, are like roaches! You leave them alone and let them have their way, they proliferate. They attract others. And before you know it, the legalists take over. Bullying their way into leadership is their favorite approach. And if they can't bully, they take their ball and bat and go elsewhere (thank the Lord). They leave.
There was a time in my life when I allowed legalists to take more control of me than they should have been allowed. I'm making up for lost time now. Age has its benefits. I've learned the hard way, you need to fight fire with fire when bullies are determined to take charge. Job would have nothing to do with that! He put the stop to Zophar like Paul resisted the legalistic Judaizers and "did not yield in subjection to them for even an hour" (Galatians 2:5).
When Job finally does speak, he says, in effect, "Okay. That's enough." He stood up to them. I, for one, greatly admire Job for not sitting there any longer taking it on the chin.
Job declares, "It is all about our God! It is the inscrutable, Almighty God who is in charge of all things. Don't you think I know that?" And what a creative way to say it! "The God I serve takes delight in undoing human activities and in dismantling human enterprises, and in the process, executing His miraculous undertakings. He alone is in full control."
Job is making it clear that God alone is the One before whom he bows, and in doing so he implies, "I'm not sure you've ever met Him. Don't bully me. While I don't know why I'm suffering like this, I can tell you that somehow and in some way the God of heaven, the silent God, the One who seems to be absent from my perspective, is still in control."
Would you be able to say the same thing if you were in Job's situation?
|December 5 2011, 5:43 AM |
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you
(John 15:7, NIV)
In life, we all have ups and downs. There are seasons that are more difficult than others, seasons of testing, trials and temptation where our character is being developed and our faith in God is being strengthened. Sometimes it can feel like you are taking two steps forward and then three steps backward. But if were not careful, well start thinking that life is always going to be this way. Even in the strong seasons, you'll start looking for things to go wrong.
God doesnt want us to be living life like a roller coaster. He wants to bring us to a place of stability where we remain strong in Him. Jesus said, I am the vine. You are the branches. If you abide in me, you will bear much fruit and your fruit will remain. The word remain means to be fixed, immovable, not affected by circumstances. If you will just keep abiding in Him, just keep meditating on His Word, Hell bring you through. Hell make you strong, Hell keep you stable, and youll keep moving forward into the life of blessing He has prepared for you!
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, today I set my heart and mind on You knowing that You are good and faithful. I trust that as I seek You and put You first, You will direct my steps. I choose to remain in You and follow Your leading in everything I do in Jesus name. Amen.
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