Genesis 50:19 Taking God’s Position

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But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God?” Genesis 50:19

The reason sin came into the world was selfishness. Adam and Eve, like Satan, wanted to be like God. They wanted to take His place.

Throughout history people have placed themselves in positions of judgement and control. They want to be in control and be able to make the final decisions on everything in their own lives, and often in the lives of others. These final decisions are often judgements on what is best or not best for their own lives or for the lives of other people.

While judgements can be made, often they may be made with the wrong motive or made completely wrong choice. These types of judgements can be found in the world and inside the church. Believers are often known to quickly condemn a person and bring on punishment without looking at the bigger picture or knowing the full story. Others judge in order to make themselves to look better.

Very few people would say that the road to suffering is the best road to take, yet, God does, at times, choose that road to build a person up. He also chooses that road to move a person to where he needs to be.

After Joseph’s father died, his brothers were scared that he would judge them for their wrongful treatment of him. Immediately Joseph stated that he was not in the place of God to bring on that type of judgement. He actually saw the bigger picture of what had occurred. Instead of focusing on the wrong his brothers had done, he saw it as God moving him, through suffering, to a bigger position to help everyone out. He saw the situation through the eyes of God, rather than his own eyes.

There will be times you will have to go through suffering at the hands of others. This is something that God is allowing for His purpose. Seek to look at the situation through God’s eyes. Do not put yourself on His throne. Be willing to see why God is allowing that situation in your life and how it can be used for His glory and to spread the gospel message of God’s love and grace.

When people see God on the throne of your life, it will draw them to Jesus. He is to be lifted up, not you.

I pray today that God will reveal His purpose in your life; that you will trust God’s work in your life; that you will allow God to deal with people in your life in His way; and that you will allow God to be the ruler of all. 

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Luke 9:54-55 No Time For Condemnation

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When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?” But Jesus turned and rebuked them. Luke 9:54-55

Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem and He had sent some disciples ahead into a Samaritan village to get it ready for Him. After the people rejected Him, James and John wanted to destroy the people. Jesus rebuked John and James for wanting to do that.

People are very quick to judge and want to destroy other people. This is very true when the other people do not act or think in the same way. This explains why there are so many different wars and battles going on around the world. People do not agree, so they choose to fight.

Just as John and James were quick to want to destroy the people, so are many believers. Sometimes they are quick to want to destroy another believer, but it is very common for them to want to destroy non-believers.

The world will act a certain way or promote a sinful action because that is who they are. Many believers are very quick to condemn them and want God to destroy them. This has been seen with abortion clinic doctors or terrorists.

Jesus said that the world would reject believers because it rejected Him. Jesus did not go out and start condemning the world because they rejected Him. He still showed love and compassion.

Condemning someone who is doing what they do because of who they are is not showing love. It is not giving the person a chance to change. If Jesus would have destroyed that village, the people would never have had another chance to believe in Him.

Believers can condemn the action, but must be careful not to condemn the person. That is the job Jesus is to do.

When people are not acting correctly or are working against you, know that you are going through what Jesus had gone through. You are not above Him. He went through rejection and still loved the people, so will you.

Take time to pray for the person. Be a shining light of who Jesus is and how He would react. Do not be like the world and condemn right away and be willing to have the other person destroyed. Show God’s love and compassion.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for all people; that God will give you strength when people reject you; that you will not be quick to condemn others; and that you will show God’s love to all people.

Job 34:11 Payment For Actions

He repays everyone for what they have done; he brings on them what their conduct deserves. Job 34:11

Elihu, a younger man, chooses to speak to Job. He focuses on the statement that Job had made saying that he was innocent of any wrong-doing. He then defends God by showing how God works with people. Elihu stated God brings judgement onto people for what they have done, causing to make them pay for their sins.

When people are going through a difficult time, or major troubles in their life, many believe that God is punishing them for some sin. God is making them pay for their sins in this life.

Believers in the church, have often been known to shun others going through a difficult time. They try to get the person to repent of some sin. To them, God is punishing the person.

Individuals are often known to kick themselves for sins that were done years ago because right now they are going through a difficult time in life. Many fear that God is looking down from heaven and striking them for a sin that was done a long time back, even though repentance for that sin has occurred many times.

Job had not done anything wrong to bring on the difficulties that he was going through. Look back at the first couple of chapters and see that God put Satan up to this trial.

If God were to give everyone the punishment that their conduct deserves, not a single person would be alive today. Everyone has sinned and walked away from God. No one has done perfectly right. Every person who has given his life to God, believing in Jesus, has also sinned since he gave his life to Jesus. The payment for sin is death.

Jesus came to forgive and save, not condemn and kill. You may be going through a difficult time. Look at your life. Are you living in some type of sin on purpose? If so, then change. Seek Jesus and His forgiveness.

If you are not living in a sin on purpose, then trust God. He is allowing a trial in your life for a reason, and it is not because of sin. He may be working to build you up. Or to make you His witness to this world.

Be willing to accept all that God gives you, both the blessings and the trials.

I pray today that you will see God’s purpose for your life; that you will trust God’s work in your life; that you will serve Jesus with your life; and that you will know that Jesus will forgive all sins.

Job 24:22-23 God Is Watching

But God drags away the mighty by his power; though they have become established, they have no assurance of life. He may let them rest in a feeling of security, but his eyes are on their ways. Job 24:22-23

Job talks about how the wicked people of the world tear down others and are corrupt in their ways. The people are seen to be successful and God seems to be looking the other way. Job says that God may allow them live for a while in a feeling of security and success, but He is watching all of their actions.

The view that Job had about people of the world is very common. Looking around, people of the world, living in and promoting sin, seem to be very successful and that God does not seem to care. Sin always seems to be getting more and more prevalent and acceptable.

There are times when it feels as though the church is being overcome by those in the world. Sinful acts appear to be becoming more acceptable by those who claim a belief in Jesus. Again, it appears as if God is not aware of what is happening.

The truth of it is that God is watching. He is allowing the devil, the ruler of this world, to have a time of success. Fallen man will follow the devil in his ways. God is keeping a record of everything that is happening.

When Jesus came to this earth, He did not come to condemn, but to save the world. Even to this day, His purpose is to save the world. As this is occurring, it may appear that the sinful man is in control and that God is not really watching or concerned.

On the day Jesus returns to the earth He will judge each person for his actions. The only way to not be judged for wrong actions, is to have them removed. Accepting the price Jesus paid for your sins and seeking His forgiveness is the only way to have them removed.

When you no longer have those sins on your record, God will no longer judge you and condemn you.

Rest assured that your sins are forgiven in Jesus. Also rest assured that God will judge those who do not follow Jesus. Seek to bring all to a saving knowledge of Jesus. Do not fear what the world is doing, God is watching and in control.

I pray today that you will have the peace of God in your life; that you will not fear sinful man; that you will be a witness for Jesus; and that you will trust God with your life.

Job 21:22 God’s Judgement

“Can anyone teach knowledge to God, since he judges even the highest?” Job 21:22

Job gives a great description on how the wicked live their lives. They appear to live in wealth and abundance of life, while ignoring God, yet all will still die. He points out how one person lives a full life, secure and at ease, while another lives in bitterness and suffering his entire life, but both still die and are buried in the ground. God is the one who decides how each person’s life will go.

The age-old question of believers has been asked over and over again as to why one person has an “easy” life, while another person suffers his entire life. People question why God allows these things to happen.

As people ask these questions, many will try to teach God something. They will try to point out wrongs being done by God. Often they feel that if they can just reason with God, that maybe God would see their argument and change the situation.

When Job states that God judges even the highest, he is stating that God is in control of every person’s life. He is the one who allows a person to have a “successful” life or one of “suffering” and pain.

Although those in the world, that do not follow Jesus, appear to be have a great life, they are living without any long-term hope. Their hope is only in the here and now, not in the future. They may not be paying a price for their sins now, but in the end God will have the final judgement on their lives and actions.

Believers are not to question how or why God allows what He allows. They are to trust His judgement. God will always judge fairly with every person, whether they serve Him or not. How a person lives will not change how God judges them.

The difference is that as a believer in Jesus, you have been forgiven of any wrongs you have done. The judgement is still the same–death. You do not have to die because Jesus paid that price for you.

Those who do not follow Jesus, will have to pay the price themselves in the end.

Trust God’s judgement in your life and in this world. He knows what is best for every person.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know the price Jesus paid for you; that you will trust in God’s judgement; and that you will know the abundant life Jesus is giving you.

Job 18:21 Implied Judgement

Surely such is the dwelling of an evil man; such is the place of one who does not know God. Job 18:21

Bildad speaks again to Job about the fate of an evil person. Through the entire eighteenth chapter he speaks of various torments, sufferings, and tortures that an evil man will go through because he does not know God. He points out that one who does not know God will dwell in a life being judged by God. His statements imply that Job was living an evil life because of all the suffering he is going through.

People are very quick to judge a person when they are going through a tough time in life. Often those judgements are on how they had lived or choices that they had made, which brought them into the situation that they are now in. Both those in the world and those in the church bring these types of judgements upon a person very quickly.

One common example of this is with a homeless person on the street. They see the person as worthless, lazy and unwilling to work. The situation may be that he was laid off from an already low-paying job and was evicted from his house because of no payments, and was unable to get another job. These are no faults of his own. He may be a hard worker, but just can’t find a new job to get started again.

Jesus had to deal with this type of thinking when the disciples asked him who sinned that a man would be born blind. Jesus pointed out that it was for the glory of God that he was blind, not because of sin.

Be careful on how you judge why a person may be going through a tough time in life. Yes, it may be because of sin in their life. But at the same time the possibility is that it could be a time of God’s testing and proving a person is living a righteous life.

Take a full look at your own and their life and see what you see. Do you see fruit of God’s work in their life? Then God is at work proving them, not punishing or correcting them.

What is God doing in your life? Proving or correcting you?

I pray today that you will see God’s hand at work in your life; that you will trust God’s work in your life; that you will live a life like Jesus; and that you will be His witness in this world.

Romans 3:5 Human Argument

“But if our unrighteousness brings out God’s righteousness more clearly, what shall we say? That God is unjust in bringing his wrath on us? (I am using a human argument.)” Romans 3:5

Paul had just finished talking about everyone being the same and that circumcision has to be of the heart, not just physical. Now he talks about the value of being a Jew, while some Jews are unfaithful to God. God’s faithfulness will prove men to be liars. The more unrighteous people are, the more righteous God can be seen to be.

The world likes to run with this point about God’s righteousness. They want to blame God for the way they are. It must be His fault that they are living in sin, because it makes Him look better in the end.

People like to blame others for the way they are or for the actions they did. They blame the alcohol, parents, school, bullies, friends, enemies, the government, and any other thing that can shift the blame from themselves.

Many want to say God is not a just God for the way He demands perfection. Why would a loving God get angry with men? Why does a loving God allow pain in the lives of men?

Since God is such a loving and righteous God, He has made a way for sinful man to get right with Him. The more sinful a man was, the more His loving kindness, mercy and righteousness shows.

In the gospels is the story of Mary Magdalene who washed Jesus’ feet with her hair. She had seen the value in the forgiveness she had been given by Jesus because of your great sins. The Pharisees did not see that, since they were not “great” sinners.

God laid down the rules and you must follow them. If you choose not to follow them they will bring out God’s wrath upon you. Every person has broken at least one of those rules. This will bring out God’s wrath against you.

Accepting the forgiveness Jesus provides will remove God’s wrath against you. This shows God’s righteousness, love, and mercy upon you. It shows how great these are.

Do not purpose to live in sin, but purpose to live in Jesus. Put on His righteousness and do not get angry with God’s rules for your life.

I pray today that you will see the love God has for you; that you will accept the forgiveness of Jesus; that you will not judge against God for His rules; that you will turn from all sin; and that you will live a life of righteousness for God.