That was not God - Saturday, November 7th 2015
"For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth;"
"Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them."
"Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf."
In the midst of Job's pain, God is using Job more than he could ever imagine.
Job thought God was punishing him. It wasn't God punishing Job, it was satan, the enemy. You have an enemy of your soul as well. The enemy wants you to blame God for things that he or his minions, or the world, or a demon influenced friend has done. Ask yourself right now... Is there anything I am blaming God for that someone else might have done? Damage suffered by a DUI driver. That was not God. Pain caused by a crack addict's robbery attempt. That wasn't God.
Other places? Job said God was hurting Job when it was the enemy. As a matter of fact, when the enemy was attacking, God was protecting Job and told the enemy he could NOT take Job's life. May God reveal any other places where we harbor any sort of resentment or blame on the God who has been protecting us the whole time. An accident? A tragedy? No doubt somehow these things could have always been worse. Often I am sure we have a temporary setback for our greater good. Like we get stuck in a traffic jam, because a few miles up, there was a accident we would have been a part of. So many believers reported on 9/11 they were not in the building that day. I don't mean to say those that were killed were not believers. I am saying many, many believers were not in the building who normally would have been. Person after person said, 'something led them'. They took a day off or a sales call had them out of the office half an hour before it happened. Know this, that when you accepted Jesus as your Lord and your Savior, you became in covenant with a God who is faithful and gracious and merciful and loving, who neither slumbers nor sleeps and will give His angels an assignment of being with you and protecting you.
9 If you make the Lord your refuge,
if you make the Most High your shelter,
10 no evil will conquer you;
no plague will come near your home.
11 For he will order his angels
to protect you wherever you go.
12 They will hold you up with their hands
so you won't even hurt your foot on a stone.
13 You will trample upon lions and cobras;
you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!
14 The Lord says, "I will rescue those who love me.
I will protect those who trust in my name.
15 When they call on me, I will answer;
I will be with them in trouble.
I will rescue and honor them.
16 I will reward them with a long life
and give them my salvation."
In the midst of the sufferings of Job, Job focused on the One thing or One being that mattered and could change things.
It wasn't himself. It was Jesus, Yeshua. My Redeemer. In the midst of your trials go to Jesus, your redeemer, who lives forever to hear from you, who wants to forgive you.
In the midst of our sufferings, we should focus on the One thing or One being that matters and could change things. Jesus.
Many times we forget to say thank you for all the blessings and we often blame you for things you didn't do. God, thank you for being good to us. God, thank you for being good to me. I am sorry for blaming you for accidents or tragedies or the betrayal of others. Thank You for protecting me from so many things, many of which I won't even know about, until we arrive in heaven. Thank You for Your mercies and forgiveness which are new every morning. Thank You for your angels protecting us. May they continue to protect each of our loved ones.
In HaShem Yeshua, In the Name of Jesus, Amen
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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