Job 4:7 False Accusation Of Disaster

Remember now, who ever perished being innocent? Or where were the upright ever cut off? Job 4:7

The moment a major disaster occurs in the life of someone, others on the outside look in and find all kinds of reasons as to why it occurred. Rather than looking at the bigger picture of the situation, blame is often quickly attributed to the individual. Accusations of wrong doing are raised to account for what occurred without knowing the full story. Doubt in the innocence of the individual is often in the minds of outsiders of the situation. One of Job’s friends,

Eliphaz, speaks to Job and asked if anyone has ever perished or been cut off who was innocent in an accusation against Job and his character.

One of the most common false beliefs that people have is that when they become a follower of Jesus all their troubles will go away. God will prevent any disasters in their lives because He loves them and would not allow it.

With this type of thinking, it is very common in the church that when the church sees some believer going through a disaster that accusations of it is automatically brought up. Belief that the disaster is directly a cause from sinful choices having been made and God is exacting punishment upon the believer.

Although there are times when God may be punishing a believer, there are other times when it is God testing the believer. In the testing God is not cutting the believer off nor is the believer perishing eternally. One’s life may be over in this life on earth, but one will live for eternity in heaven.

Not always knowing what God is really doing, believers must be careful to not make false accusations of the cause of disaster.

You may be going through, or you may know someone who is going through a major disaster in this life. Be careful to not quickly attribute that disaster to sin in your own life or in the life of someone else.

Turn to God for direction and wisdom in the situation. It may be a time of God testing you and building you up in your trust in Him. As you trust in God, at most you may perish from this life physically, but your soul will live for eternity with Him in heaven. He will not cut you off nor leave you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will trust God in every situation in your life; that you will grow in the times of God testing you; that you will pass the tests God puts you through; and that you will not falsely accuse others of sin in times of disaster.

Job 3:25 When Disaster Strikes Hard

For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, and what I dreaded has happened to me. Job 3:25

Disaster is something that no one really looks forward to ever having to go through. Fears of what may occur often are the nightmares people dream about. Imaginations run rampant in what may occur and how things could go horribly wrong.

Going through a major disaster in life can be wearying and weigh a person down. Often when the disaster does occur, many people felt as if that was what they expected with their bad luck.

After Job was struck physically hard in many ways, Job was depressed and stated that what he had feared coming actually came upon him.

No one is completely immune from having a disaster come upon them. At some point in everyone’s life there is some type of major disaster that occurs. It may directly on the individual alone or it may be upon those one loves or cares about. Either way it is painful and often the substance of their fears and nightmares.

The majority of the world closes down and quits out of the pain and suffering. They turn to drugs and other things to help cope with the pain and horror of the situation. Many will even turn to suicide to end it all.

Believers are not immune to suffering. In fact, Jesus promised that there would be trouble in this life.

Fear and dread may come upon the believer when it first occurs, but one needs to stop and look up to God. Jesus and the Father will never leave the believer. He can give strength and peace in the center of the disaster. Trusting in God will remove all fear, though the pain may still remain.

There may have been a time when some great disaster has occurred in your life. If not, there will most likely come that day of major disaster.

Do not allow that disaster to destroy your spirit and turn you away from God. Do not go the way the world does.

When that disaster does occur take time to stop and look to God for strength and comfort. Cry out to God for His comfort and strength to make it through the difficult time in your life. Allow His Holy Spirit to fill you with His peace, knowing that God is in control and is right by your side through it all.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s peace, strength and presence in times of trouble; that you will turn to God in a disaster; that you will trust God in every situation; and that you will not fear what God allows in your life.

1 Kings 9:9 Why There May Be So Much Disaster

People will answer, ‘Because they have forsaken the Lord their God, who brought their ancestors out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshipping and serving them–that is why the Lord brought all this disaster on them.’ 1 Kings 9:9

Every time a major disaster occurs affecting a large number of people, many will wonder why it happened. Almost immediately people will blame other people or God for what occurred. Some will blame others for the long-term effects of some action, while others blame for immediate choices made.

Seldom do people take responsibility and blame themselves for the disasters.

God told Solomon that he and the people must follow Him. If they don’t and follow other gods, He will bring great disaster on them, until the people of other nations will see and recognize that they left God, and He destroyed them.

It is sadly common for many who claim to be believers in Jesus to walk in sin and follow false gods more than following God. Sin is justified and accepted as good, twisting scripture to make it acceptable.

While God is patient and full of grace and mercy, there comes a point in which He will punish the choices of believers.

Communities or nations that begin to follow false gods as a whole and do not have true believers standing for God’s truth and ways, may begin to feel the judgement of God come upon them. He allows disasters to occur to try and get their attention back to Him so that He may forgive them and heal them of the disaster.

In the same way that Israel has experienced disasters for turning away from God, other nations have also experienced it and America is beginning to feel His strike against them. Believers need to stand strong and true for God and refuse to follow the false gods of this world to avert greater disasters.

You may be tempted at times to follow the false gods of this world–money, fame, sexual immorality, self-pleasure, or more. The world will do whatever it can to draw you away from God into its sinful pleasures that bring about death and destruction.

Focus your entire heart and life upon God and His ways. Do not allow the temptations pull you into sin and judgment. God will make a way for you out of temptation and provide more life than this world will ever offer.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will follow God alone with all of your life; that God will give you strength and direction to flee temptations to sin; that God will never have to bring disaster upon your life due to sin; and that the world will see you follow God.

2 Samuel 17:14 God Can Frustrate The Enemy’s Plans

Absalom and all the men of Israel said, “The advice of Hushai the Arkite is better than that of Ahithophel.” For the Lord had determined to frustrate the good advice of Ahithophel in order to bring disaster on Absalom. 2 Samuel 17:14

Regardless of who the enemy is, they always make plans to harm those who are doing good. In battles one side will always attempt to frustrate and disrupt those plans if possible. In order to frustrate the plans, one must be able to get inside information and get inside the enemy’s camp, which is often difficult to impossible.

Absalom had been given advice on how to capture David by two different men. Rather than following the good advice of Ahithophel, he followed the advice of Hushai, which was God’s plan to bring about disaster on Absalom.

Going through life, believers will have enemies around them that are out to destroy them. Sometimes it appears as if the enemy is too large and cannot be overcome at all. On the outside it appears as if the enemy will win and there is nothing one can do about it.

Although it can appear hopeless, God may be working on the inside of the enemy’s camp to bring about His victory. He has ways of guiding the enemy into believing or doing things that will bring about their destruction. He will work things out to frustrate their plans and protect His people.

Satan is leading the world and is the author of confusion and destruction. God will use those things against him to bring about His plans.

Rather than fearing and running in fear from the enemy, the believer must be willing to lean upon God and trust him completely. God is working behind the scenes in the enemy’s camp to bring about victory for the believer.

The world is out to destroy you in whatever manner possible. There may be some seeking advice on how to make that happen.

Rather than fearing the world, put your trust in God. He sees and knows what is occurring better than you do and can bring about a frustration of the world’s plans against you. Just as God worked in mysterious ways to bring you to Him, He will work in ways to take down the enemy in the end.

As you hold on to and trust God, you will see victory that leads into eternity.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will trust God’s plans in your life; that you will seek God when the enemy is against you; that you will see God frustrate the plans of the enemy; and that you will trust God will provide you victory over the enemy.

Deuteronomy 29:19 Going Your Own Way

When such a person hears the words of this oath and they invoke a blessing on themselves, thinking, “I will be safe, even though I persist in going my own way,” they will bring disaster on the watered land as well as the dry. Deuteronomy 29:19

One of the number one focuses of people is being able to do their own thing. Very few people want to be told what to do because they think that they know what is best for themselves.

Everywhere one looks the self-choice is promoted over following the rules and building others up.

Moses told the people that anyone who persists in going his own way will bring disaster upon the land.

God, in His infinite wisdom and knowledge, has set up how people should live. He has given rules and principals to guide His people how to live best upon this earth. These commands and principals will teach how to deal with other people, deal with animals and deal with the land in the best way possible so that all will win in the end.

However, going all the way back to the Garden of Eden, man has chosen to try and make his own path, going his own way, rather than God’s path. Living in this way brings about an effect upon the earth. Mankind has destroyed land all across the earth by his selfish desires and works.

Along with the physical destruction of the land, God lifts His hand of favor and blessing from those who choose to go their own way. When people of a nation as a whole are serving God and walking in His path, the nation and land will enjoy His blessings and favor.

Instead of walking one’s own path, he must be willing to tread the path God has laid out before Him.

God has a path for you to walk on this earth. This path will include others to help build you up and keep you going forward on the correct path.

Walking away from the path God has for you will bring about disaster upon you and others, ultimately in eternal death in hell. You will never be safe on your own.

Do not allow yourself to buy into the lies of doing your own thing that the world is promoting. Focus your life on doing what is best for you and for everyone else–following God.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the path God has for you to walk; that you will obey God’s commands in your life; that you will walk with God every day; and that you will know the blessings and favor of walking with God.