Job 21:33 The Grass Looks Greener

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The soil in the valley is sweet to them; everyone follows after them, and a countless throng goes before them. Job 21:33 

Watching other people always makes it appear as if they have things better. Looking  at the lives from the outside it appears if absolutely everything is going great for the other person and that there is no troubles or problems in life.

Poor people often watch the rich drive around in fancy cars and live in big mansions and think that the person has it made. Some of those who are ‘making it’ do not live a good life or stand for bad things, yet, seem to have everything easy for them.

Job’s friends had been pointing out how there is only disaster and turmoil for the wicked. Now Job points out how the wicked do not appear to have any problems. Everything that they do is great, though it is against God. The wicked appear to thrive with everyone following them and God does not do anything to them.

Believers who are walking through a difficult trial in life often think as Job did. They cannot understand how they are suffering as they faithfully serve God, yet, those who reject God and are against Him are prospering.

Every believer must remember that Jesus promised that there would be trouble and suffering in this world and that the world would reject and hate them. These are the very things that occurred to Jesus, who was perfect and did not wrong.

One must not look on the outside of the lives of the wicked and think that they have it made. On the outside it may look beautiful and the grass looks greener, but on the inside they are full of turmoil and eventual punishment.

As a believer, you can take a look at your life and see where you really are. The closer you are walking with God, the more the world will hate you and the more struggles you may go through. It is only when you get close to God that the world will try to take you down.

Do not look at the wicked and be jealous for what they appear to have going for them. Yes, they are prospering now, but when it comes to the end, every wicked person, who has rejected Jesus, will be punished for eternity. They will lose in the end.

Hold on to the promise you have in Jesus.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what you have in serving God; that God will remove the desire for what the world offers; and that you will serve God with all of your heart and life. 

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1 Samuel 16:10 Allowing God To Choose

Choices

Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The LORD has not chosen these.” 1 Samuel 16:10 

All around the nation there are elections going on nearly all the time. People work on voting for others going into many different types of government positions or positions in a business, in an organization or even in a church.

Choosing who should be in each position is often done by looking at what they person can or cannot do and what he has done in the past. Sometimes people will also look at the character of the person to help make their choice as to who to vote for.

Rarely do people actually seek God’s answer as to who to choose and to go with His answer.

God had told Samuel that He had rejected Saul as the king and wanted to anoint another to become king. He sent Samuel to the home of Jesse to anoint one of his sons to become king. Jesse brings his first seven older sons to Samuel, leaving behind the youngest.

As each of the older ones passed by Samuel, Samuel thought each might be the one for various outside appearance reasons, yet God rejected each one. God had already made the choice of the youngest, David. Samuel would not choose any that was not chosen by God.

In the same way as Samuel has acted, every believer needs to seek God’s direction in choosing someone for a position or to make any decisions in their lives. Outside appearances of a person can be deceiving. Humans only see the outside, while God sees the entire heart of the person. He is looking for people who will serve Him with all of their heart.

Allowing God to make the choice, does not always look the wisest, yet it is the always the best choice. Those who serve God are the ones God wants to choose.

There will be times you will need to make a choice. It could be for voting for someone for a person or it could be some other choice. Either way, you must bring the choice before God and allow Him to make the decision. Allow God to guide you in what choice you make.

David later become one of the greatest kings Israel ever had. Your choice may be the one that impacts the world, because you allowed God to make the choice.

Today I pray that God will guide you in choices you need to make; that you will allow God to put His choice of people into positions; that you will seek God for every choice needed to be made; and that God will work through you to touch the world. 

Isaiah 51:6 Salvation Lasts Forever

Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies. But my salvation will last forever, my righteousness will never fail. Isaiah 51:6

When a person is a young child, seeing someone who is in his 30s appears to be very old and been around forever. Later when the child is in his 20s, seeing a person in his 40s-50s appears to be very old and been around forever. As the child gets into his 40s-50s, those that are in their 70s are old and been around forever.

As a human being, forever is a difficult concept to understand. Humans typically live about 80 years or so and then die. Looking around some people will be older, while some will be younger. However, looking at the earth and the heavens, both are older than any human on the earth.

Looking at this world, it does appear that it has been around forever and will be here forever. The reality of it is that the heavens and the earth will be destroyed some day. All the great beauty of this world, the mountains, the lakes, the oceans, rivers, prairies, hills, and the plants of this world will be gone someday.

People like to put their trust in the things that they can see, other people, the land, the buildings, the money and most anything else. All these things will die and fade away for all eternity.

The salvation that Jesus provides will not fade away. It will last for all eternity. Believing in Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins will get you life forever.

Instead of looking to the things of this world to provide for all of your needs, look to God. Look to what is important in light of living forever. If you will live forever, the things  you are going through today are worth nothing. These things are only a passing quick moment in eternity.

God will never fail you. His righteousness will never fail. If you have repented of your sins and believed in Jesus, you will be saved. Salvation is coming. God will not be slow in making it happen, in His time.

Hang in there till Jesus returns or calls you home, it will be worth it all.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will trust Jesus with your eternity; that you will not fear the present world or situations in your life; and that you will trust God to guide your life here on this earth till you step into eternity.