Job 9:1-2 How Can One Be Righteous?

Then Job answered and said: “Truly I know it is so, but how can a man be righteous before God?” Job 9:1-2

Questions on how to do something are constantly being asked by people all over the world. Everyday millions of people pull up Google asking questions about nearly anything and everything imaginable. Millions of videos are made annually on how to do nearly anything someone would desire to do. People like to do things on their own and seek ways to accomplish it. While most questions are physical in nature, some deal with the spiritual realm of life.

Job answers Bildad with a question of how a man can be righteous before God.

Job was living in a time when the people were under the Law of God. Everything was do or die. The moment one sinned against God there was a death sentence upon their head. There did not appear to be a way in which a person could truly be righteous before God.

The question he asked is still commonly asked to this day. Once a person realizes what it means to be righteous and how much one sins every day, one begins to question how he could ever be righteous before God.

The good news is that Jesus made a way for a person to be righteous before God. This was something Job did not have access to. Jesus came to the earth, lived a perfect, sinless life and then died upon the cross to pay for the sins of every person. Once He rose from the dead, He removed those sins and gives the believer the power to live a holy and righteous life through Him by the power of the Holy Spirit inside.

Jesus provided the ability to live righteously, and the Holy Spirit guides the believer to live righteously.

You may look at your life and everything that you have done wrong and ask yourself the same question as Job did. It may look hopeless to you and that you are just a failure and will never live the righteous life Jesus called you to live.

Do not give up. Take hold of what Jesus has done and given you. Allow the Holy Spirit to change you from the inside out, making you into a new creation who lives the holy and righteous life God called you to live.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will put on the righteousness that Jesus has provided; that you will be led by the Holy Spirit in how to live a holy life; that you will allow God to change you into a new creation for His glory; and that God will give you strength to overcome sin in your life.

1 Chronicles 16:23 Daily Proclamation

Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day. 1 Chronicles 16:23

Businesses always focus on getting the message out every day about their products or services that they provide. Marketeers know that they must promote their products daily or else people will stop purchasing them very quickly.

In the process of telling about their products, they will use many different methods, television ads, internet ads, word of mouth, billboards, flyers, mailers and more to get their information out. The focus is to reach as many people as possible to sell as much as possible.

After setting up the ark of the covenant David gave some praise to God. He told the people to sing to the Lord and proclaim His salvation every day.

With everything the world has and is proclaiming, they are missing the greatest news and best product the world could ever possibly have. As the world is promoting their goods loudly every day as the best thing ever and that everyone needs what they have, all that they have is temporary joy and, in the end, eternal death.

At the same time believers have something greater to promote and proclaim. This message that they have is the salvation that Jesus paid for and provides for each and every person. Forgiveness of sin and being given eternal life is the greatest thing that the world has ever seen, yet many do not know about it.

Believers need to be willing to speak up and proclaim the salvation of God to everyone they meet as often as they can on a daily basis. Doing this does not take a college degree or any expertise. It is just telling others what God has done for oneself and can do for others. This is proclaiming His salvation.

You may have some product that you really love and are willing to tell others about it every day. But as a believer, you have something even greater to proclaim to anyone who is willing to listen. That message is that Jesus provides forgiveness and salvation that gives eternal life.

Do not hold on to the greatest message to yourself that the world will ever hear. Give everyone you meet a chance to know Jesus and gain eternal life. Pass it on. Proclaim the gospel message to all you meet on a daily basis so that all may be saved.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will sing praises to God every day; that God will make you bold in proclaiming the gospel message; that you will not be ashamed to tell others about Jesus; and that God will draw many to Him through your proclamation.

2 Kings 16:4 What Is Being Promoted?

He offered sacrifices and burned incense at the high places, on the hilltops and under every spreading tree. 2 Kings 16:4

Regardless of where a person lives or goes there is always something being promoted or advertised as something needed. Businesses and people are selling things all the time as the latest and greatest item that is needed by every person.

Not only are physical things being pushed, but there are also activities, ideas, and philosophies being promoted. Overall, the things being promoted are the same regardless of where one is at in the world.

When Ahaz had become king, he offered sacrifices and burned incense everywhere possible to false gods.

in some nations there are very few people who will worship an actual idol as though it is god, many will sell their lives out to some physical item or philosophy in life. Promotion for all of these items is very high.

Ads abound everywhere that promote sin and sinful practices as good and needed. People in prominent positions are leading others in doing sinful acts. The world rejects God and following God in order to pursue their own personal pleasures and to push others into those sins.

Believers are to reject the ways of the world and leave the life of sin. Instead of participating in sin and promoting sin, believers are to promote the good news of Jesus. The world needs to hear the news that they are dying and need a Savior, who is Jesus.

In the same way that the world is promoting sin in every high place, hilltop and under every spreading tree, believers need to tell others about Jesus and God’s required holiness. Life is to be promoted, not the sinful ways of death that the world is following and promoting.

Although you may not be a king and lead thousands of people, there are people who are watching you and following your examples of what you do or do not do.

Every action you do or don’t do is promoting something. Either it is promoting the sinful ways of the world, or it is promoting Jesus and the standards of God.

As a believer, your every action should be promoting God and His standards. Regardless of where you are, you have the ability to be a shining light of God for the world to see. It can encourage other believers and point the world to Jesus.

What are you promoting today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will follow the ways of God in all of your thoughts and actions; that you will show the world Jesus in all that you say and do; and that you will turn from the sinful ways the world is promoting.

2 Kings 9:5 You Have A Message To Deliver

When he arrived, he found the army officers sitting together. “I have a message for you, commander,” he said. “For which of us?” asked Jehu. “For you, commander,” he replied. 2 Kings 9:5

Prior to the days of cellphones, if a person had a message for someone else, he had to go to him to present it or else send someone to pass the message on. In large corporations, many of the top leaders will have others working under them to pass on information to others. The expectation is that the person will pass the message on correctly and timely.

Elisha had one of the young prophets go to Jehu, an army commander, to give him a message. This young prophet brings the message to Jehu immediately.

When someone has some very important or exciting message to pass on, he will try to get it passed on as quickly as possible. The person wants whoever needs to hear it, to hear it right away.

In order to get the message to the person clearly, one may have to pull that person aside to remove all distractions. This is so that the message may be heard clearly and completely.

Believers have a message that Jesus has told them to pass on to others. It is the gospel message that God loves people, Jesus died and rose again, and God wants to forgive the people and for them to live with Him forever.

This message is a timely one that needs to be delivered as quickly as possible. Every day people are dying without hearing that message. They are not given the opportunity to believe in Jesus and be saved and are heading to hell.

Many believers are sitting on that message and not passing it on. Each one needs to go out and deliver that message to everyone they meet.

Someone at some point brought the gospel message to you. Now it is your turn to pass that message on to others. As long as you have breath, God has a mission for you to tell others about Jesus. He does not want anyone to perish but have everlasting life.

Do not wait or hold back on giving that message. It may be their last day on this planet. Go and give this life-giving message to every person you can as quickly as you can. It is a matter of life and death.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the message God has for you to pass on to others; that God will give you boldness to tell others about Jesus; and that many will believe in Jesus because of your message.

2 Kings 7:9 Don’t Keep It To Yourself

Then they said to each other, “What we’re doing is not right. This is a day of good news and we are keeping it to ourselves. If we wait until daylight, punishment will overtake us. Let’s go at once and report this to the royal palace.” 2 kings 7:9

Every so often a person may receive something of great value that is actually available to anyone who wants it. Instead of telling others about the great find, many will often hoard it to themselves and not share it. This is done so that they do not lose out on what they found.

While Samaria was under siege and had no food, some lepers went into an Aramean camp that was deserted and found a lot of food. They recognized that what they were doing was not right and chose to go tell the royal palace about the food.

It is easy to want to hoard something that one gets, especially when it is an extremely needed item that one has not had in a long time. Yet, hoarding to one’s own self will often bring a lot of problems and punishment in the end.

Believers have come across a table of food that will feed into eternity, yet many believers hoard it to themselves. This food is the word of God and His plan of salvation for each and every person. This is the greatest message that anyone can know about or ever tell.

Yet, many choose to not tell other people about Jesus, to tell of the great gospel message. This is done out of fear of rejection, fear of hatred, fear of being ridiculed, or fear of many other different reasons.

Every believer needs to go out and share what God has given them and done for them. Life needs to be brought to the rest of the world living as lepers and dying.

As a believer you have been given the greatest gift ever–salvation. You have the food that every person needs, and you have more than you can ever use on your own.

Do not keep this great message to yourself but go out and be willing to share it with anyone and everyone you meet. God is ready and willing to save people, but they must know about it. If you hoard it to yourself, you may be saved, but God will pull back on other blessings that were available to you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will share the gospel message of Jesus to everyone you can; that you will share what God has done for you with others; and that many will believe through your message.