Job 18:21 Not Knowing God

Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked, and this is the place of him who does not know God. Job 18:21

Every person on the earth has a physical place or location in which they dwell. Some are very simple and may be outdoors, while others are large and fancy homes or buildings. There is also another dwelling in which people may be in which it is not physical, but is of the spiritual realm. This realm has an effect upon their mind, spirit and emotional being. It is what brings about joy and fear, peace and disturbance.

Bildad describes how the wicked are punished and go through difficulties for their sins. He says that these places are the places in which the wicked or those who do not know God dwell.

Looking on the surface of most people, they appear to be doing fair. They are content on the surface with their lifestyle and living and doing as they want. Yet, underneath the surface many are living in fear, depression, pain, suffering, alone and much more. Rejecting God, they are willing to do whatever it takes to bring temporary satisfaction and joy, only to bring on more problems in life.

While the majority of the world do not really know about God, there are many who have been told about God, who still reject Him. They have turned away from God, not really knowing His great love that He has for them.

Anyone who does not know God will never know true peace in the heart, joy despite problems in life, forgiveness when having done something wrong, or the hope of something beyond this life.

Believers have all these things and much more, because they know God and have a relationship with Him. Everyone needs to make God their dwelling place.

You must ask yourself where your relationship with God is. It is one thing to know about God, but do you know God and His character?

Do not ignore God’s commands or the leading of the Holy Spirit in your life. Living for self and the world will only bring temporary satisfaction and then loss of everything in the end. Not knowing Him will bring on a judgement that you do not want.

God will provide all that you need and more when you put your focus upon Him and dwell with Him. Knowing God will give you true life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s character and love for you; that you will dwell in God’s plans for your life; that you will know the joy of living for God; and that you will know the peace in dwelling in God’s presence.

Job 11:7-8 Giving False Counsel

Can you search out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limits of the Almighty? They are higher than heaven–what can you do? Deeper than Sheol–what can you know? Job 11:7-8

There is always someone who has an opinion about what another person is going through. Many love to counsel that person with giving their opinion on how to deal with whatever situation that they are found to be in. Although some of the counsel may be good, very often they are based on the wrong baseline and become false or bad counseling.

Zophar asks Job is he could search out and know the deep things of God or the limits of God. Later he tells Job that he must repent of his sins to overcome the troubles he is in.

Standing on the outside the troubles that a person is going through can look entirely different than what is really occurring. It is easy for one to think of it as a problem of the individual’s choices when it may have absolutely nothing to do with the choices made. There are times when outside forces have brought on the trouble.

Believers in the church that are watching someone go through an extremely difficult time are quick to tell them to repent of any sin that they have done. This is often done because of the false belief that believers should never go through trouble unless they have done something wrong against God.

Zophar had it right when he stated that one cannot fully know the deep things of God. He did not understand that God was using the troubles to prove Job as righteous. Unless God gives full revelation, a believer cannot know fully what is going on.

Giving false counsel to repent will lead one down the wrong path. Believers must be careful in how they counsel ones going through trouble.

As you are watching a friend or loved one go through an extremely difficult time, be careful what counsel you give them. While there may be sin in that person’s life, it may also be a time of God proving them and building them up in their faith. Their lives may be a witness of God’s power in their lives.

Seek God first before you give counsel and see what He has to say and then say only that.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will reveal to you when you are giving false counsel; that God will open your eyes to what He is doing; and that you will trust God in your own life during difficult times.

Judges 2:10 Not Knowing God

After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel. Judges 2:10

Parents often have certain beliefs or ways of doing things. In their own hearts they know and understand why they believe or do those things. Very often their children are not told why there is that belief or action. It is just done inside the home with no training of the next generation.

As that occurs, the children forget about the belief or action, ignoring it because there is no known purpose.

After the generation of Israelites that came out of Egypt passed away, the next generation grew up not knowing God or what He had done for Israel.

Many children grow up in a ‘Christian’ home but are never told who God really is or what He has done. All they see is a ritual of going to church on Sundays and doing nothing more. Parents are more focused on the here and now, rather than the eternal.

As a result, children grow up not really knowing God. They walk away from the church and choose to follow the ways of the world. This can often occur while they still claim to be believers.

Every generation of believers has the responsibility to teach the next generation about who God is and what He has done in their lives. Jesus told the disciples to go out and make disciples. This starts in the home and works out from there to around the world.

The more disciples are made, the greater the chance of the next generation knowing, believing in and following God is. One must not allow any generation to not know about God or what He has done.

If you have not done so yet, know who God is and what He has done in your life. Have a personal relationship with Jesus on a daily basis. Make God a part of your daily life that all the world can see.

Next, regardless of your age or if you have children or not, there is at least one generation that is younger than you. Take the responsibility to train that generation on who God is. Talk about who God is and what He has done in your life.

Do not allow another generation to rise up that does not know Jesus as their Savior.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will tell others of what God has done for you; that you will disciples others in following Jesus; that God will raise up the next generation to follow Him; and that none will fall away from following Jesus.