Job 9:33-34 In Need Of A Mediator

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If only there were someone to mediate between us, someone to bring us together, someone to remove God’s rod from me, so that his terror would frighten me no more. Job 9:33-34 

A mediator is one who stands between two people who are opposing each other, in order to work something out between the two. It is always someone who can fully understand both sides of the argument.

It is common for people to get a mediator to help them solve disputes. The mediator will find some common ground between the two to build both up and bring them together.

Without a mediator, it can be very difficult for two parties to come to an agreement. Often they will not see the common ground, because both are so close to the dispute that all they see is their side and not the other side.

As Job was suffering and not understanding why he was suffering, he desired to have a mediator between him and God. He felt as though God was totally against Him and would not listen to him at all. Job thought that he was being punished for doing some wrong, while he could not remember doing any wrong. He needed help.

Every person has sinned against God and has a death penalty judgement placed upon them. In order to get out from under that death penalty, each person needs a mediator to stand between him and God.

God in His infinite love and wisdom knew that and provided a mediator. Jesus came to this earth to be the mediator between man and God. He would pay the penalty fees and present each person as pure and holy, no longer guilty. At that point a person can boldly approach God in all of His holiness.

Jesus can be your mediator between you and God. He is willing to stand between you and God and present your case. He has paid the price for your sins and made you holy unto God.

He can also give you peace when you are suffering and do not know why. Suffering is not always the result of personal sin. It can be the sin of others or the testing of God. Job had suffered, not because of sin, but because God was proving him, testing him.

Having a mediator will give you the needed peace that you are still in good standing with God. Go to the mediator God has provided and know God’s great love for you.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know you can go boldly before God through Jesus; and that you will trust God’s work in your life. 

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2 Samuel 7:24 Established As God’s People

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You have established your people Israel as your very own forever, and you, LORD, have become their God. 2 Samuel 7:24 

People around the world have one thing in common that they want to feel wanted and needed. They want to have purpose in this life. In desiring this, people are always searching for purpose and need.

In order to find these things, people will do nearly anything they can. Often they are searching in the wrong areas. The search usually is finding people or things, which really do not solve the problem. In this process, they will often bounce from one thing to another or one person to another, not finding what they desire.

As David was beginning to be the new king of Israel, God appeared to him and stated He was with him and will establish him and his family forever as His. David praises God for making the people of Israel His very own.

Being God’s people is something that the majority of the world does not see or know the benefit of. It does not make sense to the world. They want something that they can feel and touch physically.

During the Old Testament, Israel was God’s chosen people. It was an exclusive group. However, when Jesus came, He opened this door to everyone. Any one who believes in Him are now a part of God’s people.

It was even brought further, not only are believers are part of God’s people, they also become a child of God, they become family with God. They are wanted, loved, and have a purpose. This becomes an establishment that lasts for all eternity. It does not change as seasons, or fashions, or trends, or anything else changes. God does not die off or move away as people do. The purpose is the same for all eternity–to love God and love others.

As you are walking through this life you need purpose. You need to feel wanted and desired. This can be found only in Christ Jesus as your Lord and Savior. He is ready and willing to graft you in as His people and His family. You can be His child for all eternity.

God will never stop loving you or go away. God is always there for you. This is a firmer establishment than anything that this world can offer you. It will last for eternity.

How are you established today?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know you can be family with God; and that you will be established in God’s love and family.

Hebrews 4:16 Approaching God

“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

After pointing out that Jesus is the high priest of all believers, he tells the readers to go to God’s throne of grace with confidence. The reason that a believer can go with confidence is that Jesus was human just like every other person. He had to deal with temptations to sin, yet He never did sin. He understands the struggles and challenges, yet always chose the right path.

Many people are afraid to go to God, especially when they have been doing something wrong. They fear the punishment and anger of God. It is often expected that God will strike back and punish a person for every little sin done wrong. This becomes even more so when the sin is one that a person has done over and over again after repenting of it each time.

Instead of approaching in fear, you are told to approach with confidence. You are to boldly go before God’s throne of grace. God has grace greater than any person can imagine. He does not want to punish a person. His desire is to set things right. If He didn’t want to set things right, God would never have sent Jesus to die on the cross for you.

When you go to God you can expect Him to have mercy and grace to help you. The first thing He will do is remove that sin. The next thing He will do is guide you in how to live for Him. He will show you the way to keep from falling back into that sin…if you allow Him to.

Every person has a need, and is not the need of things, it is the need of removal of sin and to overcome temptation of sin in his life.

The only way to have the removal and overcoming is to go to God’s throne of grace. Seek out Jesus and follow Him. Jesus will always give you what you need the most.

Will you trust His love? Or will you stay away in fear?

I pray today that you will know the love God has for you; that you will be bold in approaching God; that you will trust in God’s grace and mercy for you; and that you will lean on God’s grace to help you in every area of your life.

John 4:4 A Non-Popular Route

“Now he had to go through Samaria.” John 4:4

Jesus and His disciples were leaving Judea to go to Galilee. Although the most direct route was through Samaria, most Jewish people would go around Samaria, not through it. However, Jesus had to go through Samaria.

Samaria was an area where many Jews who had been captivity in Babylon had settled when they returned to Israel. Many of these Jews had intermarried with people of other nations. This broke God’s rule to not marry outside of an Israelite. Since this had occurred, they were looked down upon by the rest of the Jewish people as worthless. These people were looked at as worse than dogs (which were despised at that time) because it looked like the rejected God completely.

The reason Jesus had to go through Samaria was more than just to get to Galilee. He had to minister to someone there. The person He had to talk with was also at the bottom of the social ladder, even for Samaria. She was a woman who had been divorced multiple times and was currently living with a man outside of wedlock.

When Jesus met this woman, He revealed to her the need she really had. She was looking for real meaning to life. She saw that Jesus could provide that real life. She grabs onto it and believes Him.

Had Jesus been like the average Jewish person, He never would have met this lady and she never would have found salvation. She would have died in her sinful lifestyle.

God may guide you down a path that does not look or sound good, or make any sense. Yet, that path may be to have you reach out to someone there that needs God.

You must be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Be willing to go down the path shown. Be willing to talk to anyone who crosses your path about Jesus. Point people to the living water that Jesus provides.

Do not be concerned about your safety and comfort. God has you here on this earth to have fellowship with Him and bring others to Him. Are you doing that today? Or are you going down a different path?

I pray today that God will reveal the path He has for you; that God will show you the people you need to talk to; that God will give you His boldness to tell others of Jesus; that God will fill you with His love for all people; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.

Mark 2:14 Following Jesus

“As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus at the tax collector’s booth, “Follow me,” Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him.” Mark 2:14

The ministry of Jesus had begun and many people were starting to follow Him. At different times, Jesus would walk up to someone and directly tell them to follow Him.

This time He went up to someone that everyone hated. This person was a tax collector. Levi was collecting taxes for the Roman government, who were controlling Israel against the desire of the Israelites. Since Levi was an Israelite, many looked at him as a traitor and despised him.

Yet, Jesus still called Levi to follow Him. Jesus looked at Levi in the same way as He looks at every person–they are sinner needing to be saved by Him.

Today, people often look at someone and state that, that person would never follow Jesus. They never give that person a chance to follow Jesus.

You need to offer the opportunity to follow Jesus to everyone you meet. Don’t just offer Jesus to those who look good or sound good. Pass Jesus on to every person.

Along with calling people to follow Him, notice that His calling people was not a request, it was a command. Jesus walked up to Levi and stated a command to follow Him. It was not left up for discussion or argument.

Jesus knows what is best for every person. This includes you.

When you offer Jesus to people, you must present it as a need that they cannot do without. Look at how a car salesman sells a car. He presents it in a way of a command that you need that car and cannot live without it.

Believers are to persuade people to follow Jesus, not just present Jesus. Every person needs Jesus desperately, even though they may not know it.

Do not be afraid to present Jesus to everyone you meet in a method that shows the desperate need they have.

Along with presenting Jesus, be willing to follow Jesus completely yourself. The same command given to Levi was given to you–follow Him. Are you fully following Jesus? Have you given Him your whole life? Follow Jesus today, it will be worth it.

I pray today that you will follow Jesus with your whole life; that Jesus will reveal more of Himself to you; that you will be willing to present Jesus as a need to everyone you meet; and that God will build His kingdom through you.