When you have seen God.

#JobanswersGod

““I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted. You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. “You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer me.’ My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.”

Be careful what you say to people who are experiencing distress. You do not know where it is coming from. We tend to have a negative response when a person becomes ill or is down on their luck. The immediate response is usually, “what sin did you commit?” Look at what God said to Job after his friends were finished with their verbal lashing and outrageous accusations of him.

After the Lord had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has. So now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly. You have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has.” So Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite did what the Lord told them; and the Lord accepted Job’s prayer.

Note that not one person was correct in their assumptions about why Job was suffering.  When we grow closer to God we begin to think about people with the same type of unconditional love that He has for them. We also learn to love people better and would not be so condemning toward them in their time of trouble.

After Job had prayed for his friends,

In the flesh, we probably would have responded with “What are you kidding me, God? After all the nasty things they said to and about me you want me to pray for them so you would “not [have to] deal with [them] according to [their] folly?” Notice Job did not ask for his pound of flesh. He didn’t ask God reign down the boils on them so they could see what it felt like. He simply did for them what he did for his family – just in case they had sinned.

the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before. All his brothers and sisters and everyone who had known him before came and ate with him in his house. They comforted and consoled him over all the trouble the Lord had brought on him, and each one gave him a piece of silver and a gold ring. The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys.  After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. And so Job died, an old man and full of years.” ‭‭Job‬ ‭42:2-12, 16-17‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Knowing who God is is an essential part of having healthy relationships with others. Unconditional love does not develop when we view God from a “gotcha” point of view. It does not develop between us and God, and it does not develop between us and All people. Are you struggling with having a judgmental attitude toward others? Are you struggling with the guilt of a past sin? Live in the now! reach out to your good, good Father and He will restore your relationships. If you believe that it will take some talking, discussion, and guidance then contact us. That is what this ministry is here for. We are here to help individuals restore broken relationships. His grace is enough. Access it.

  1. Published by gensecboy on Jul 13, 2009

  2. Category: Music 
  3. License: Standard YouTube License
  4. Music: “But For Your Grace” by Integrity Worship Singers
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