Job 38:4 True Position

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“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Job 38:4 

Throughout the world there are a lot of people, from all walks of life, who think that they are important. They think that the world revolves around them and that everything should work according to their personal desires.

This type of feeling is seen in the home, in the workplace and everywhere else. It is the feeling that mankind is the most important thing on the earth, and some individuals are the king of it all. Everyone is to serve the individual because he ‘deserves’ it.

Job had been questioning why things were going as they were. He thought that God was unjust and making a mistake. His friends were thinking that what was happening was because of sin in Job’s life. For a time, God had been silent, listening and watching what was happening.

Now God speaks up. One of His first questions to Job and His friends was wanting to know where they were when He created the earth. Of course, none of them were there.

When a person realizes who created everything that there is, it suddenly puts him into the right perspective of who he really is and who God really is. It shows the magnificent power and authority of God.

It is easy to see how complex this beautiful earth is. When that is seen, it begins to reveal how great God has to be in order to create this earth. He has understanding and ability far beyond anything man can say, think or do.

As one keeps this in mind, it helps keep the perspective that God is in control of everything. He puts things into place and allows things to occur that people do not always understand, but it is for the best for everyone involved.

You may not understand why you are going through tough times. You may not fully understand why God removes things from your life. You may not understand why God is blessing others, while you seem to be cursed. Yet, you can trust that God knows what He is doing.

Keep in mind that if God can create this complex universe, He is in control of what occurs in your life. Also keep in mind that His great love for you will only allow things to happen that are for your benefit in the end.

Don’t sit on the throne of your life, but allow God to sit there.

I pray today that you will know God’s power; that you will know God’s abilities; that you will trust God’s work in your life; that you will know that God is in control; and that you will allow God to be in control of your life. 

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Esther 4:14 For A Purpose

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“For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14 

Getting into a new position happens often for many people. Sometimes that new position is unexpected and of high honor. They were not seeking a high level position, but it appeared to come to them.

When a person is humble and this occurs, he will often ask himself as to why he got that position. There does not seem to be a logical reason for getting it, yet he is still there.

Mordecai had chosen to refuse to bow down and pay honor to Haman. Haman then got the king to sign a command to allow all the Jewish people to be killed, because of rebellion. Mordecai asked Esther, who was family and the king’s queen, to go before the king about it. She was nervous, because it could mean she could be killed. Mordecai told her that maybe it was for this very purpose that she was made queen.

Most people will never be in a position of queen or king over a nation, but they will be in other positions of different levels of influence. Regardless of what position a person is in, there is a purpose for it, and one more than just a title or paycheck.

God places people into positions to be His witness. At every level there are people who need to hear about Jesus. At every level, there are people who need a Godly influence in the decision making process. Believers can bring God’s wisdom into any decision made.

You may or may not be in some high level position, but you are in a position that can touch others and influence them for God’s eternal purpose. You can be the light in a dark place that may be what changes or protects others.

Do not be afraid to take a stand for God and His ways. The world may not like it and may kill you, but then again, the world may see it and change. This is not for you to decide, but to trust God and maybe be there for such a time as this.

Ask God to show you why you are where you are. It will be to be an eternal influence in a temporary world.

I pray today that you will see God’s purpose for your life; that you will not fear being God’s witness; that God will use you to touch many lives; and that you will be a light for Jesus to this dark world. 

Mark 1:7 Know Your Position

Position Before God

And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.'” Mark 1:7

John the Baptist comes on the scene, baptizing people. As he was baptizing the people, he would often point out that someone greater than him was coming. The one coming was so great that he was not worthy to even touch his sandals.

People often think that they are worthy of certain things. In America it is commonly thought that everyone is worthy of the freedom that they have. Many think that they are worthy of having certain rights and privileges. This often occurs in the workplace because of their position. Others will think that they have special privileges because of their wealth or position in life. Many people think that they are above the law and cannot be punished for doing wrong, because of who they are.

Very few people like to be considered under another person. They want to be equal or above the other person.

This can also occur in the church. People like to be the top person in the church over others. Many will also feel that they are worthy of Jesus forgiving them of their sins. They feel that they are a good person and serve God very well and are worthy.

When compared up to Jesus, no one is worthy at all. The truth of it is that everyone is worthy of one thing–death. Yet, God in His immense, great love has chosen not to kill, but to offer forgiveness and eternal life. He does this not because of who people are in themselves, but because of His love for people.

You may be someone who does some great things for God. You may hear God and obey His voice on a regular basis. As well as you do that, it still does not mean you are worthy before God in yourself or your own works.

You are a child of God and worthy to stand and minister before Him, only because of what Jesus has done for you. If it were not for Jesus dying on the cross, you would not have the right to come before God and serve Him.

Know your position when you stand before people and God. Do not think as the world does of being special in our own way.

I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will know who you are in Jesus; that you will know who you are without Jesus; and that you will show God’s love to the world.

Esther 4:14 For A Purpose

“For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14

Haman had talked the king into making it a rule allowing for the people to kill and destroy all the Israelites in the land. Mordecai asks Esther to go before the king to get him to stop the ruling. She does not want to go, because there was a rule that if the king did not summon her, she was not allowed to go to him. Mordecai tells her that if she remains silent she will die, and that it is possible that it is for this very reason that she was raised to the high position of queen.

When a person of the world gets moved into a high position, it is usually looked at as a personal gain for personal purposes. People take pride in their high position and see it as a benefit for themselves. That position is usually used to make the person look better, get better privileges, more money, more position and other selfish reasons. It is rarely looked at as the ability to help others better.

Jesus had come into the world to serve the people. He wanted to meet their greatest need, even though He was lifted up to the highest position possible.

As a believer, you are also lifted to a high position. You are now a child of God. You are a co-heir with Jesus. This is a high position, next to the king.

With this position, you have the purpose of bringing a message to the world. In the bringing of that message, you may get killed, as Jesus did, but it is still important.

In this life, every position you hold, every place you go, you have a purpose. That purpose is to bring others to a saving knowledge of Jesus. You are to snatch them from the fire.

You are in the right place, at the right time to bring that message to whomever you are around. You are the one who can do what no one else can do. You are there for a purpose.

Will you ignore that purpose and allow others to die?

Or will you meet that purpose?

I pray today that you will see God’s purpose for your life; that God will reveal to you who you need to help; that you will see opportunities where you are to speak God’s word to the world; and that you will build God’s kingdom.

1 Chronicles 17:16 Who Are You?

Then King David went in and sat before the LORD, and he said: “Who am I, LORD God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?” 1 Chronicles 17:16

David had decided that he would build a temple for God. God told him that it was great that he wanted to do that, but he would not be the one to build the temple. God did promise David that He would make his name and family line great for generations to come. David was amazed and wondered who he or his family was that God had even brought him as far as He had already done.

Society often determines how great a person is by what they have or what they have done, regardless of character. It can often be seen where a person of “high” standing, such as a mayor, governor, or congressman, does something wrong. The first thing the person says, is asking the question if the police know who he is. They often feel that because of their position they cannot, or should not, get into trouble. They expect special treatment because of who they are.

Even though David was made king of Israel, he realized that he really was a nobody. He gave God all the credit for his position, for what he had, and all of his accomplishments. With doing that, he could not understand why God would do all those things for him.

As a believer in Jesus, you are in the same position as David. In and of yourself, you are  nobody. There is nothing that you can do without the power of God at work in your life. You did not create anything, heal anyone, or live a truly righteous life. In yourself, you are nothing.

Despite this, God in His great love and mercy, has made you into someone great. He has made you His child. He has promised you a home for eternity. He has promised you life for eternity. He is giving you an inheritance that is beyond anything that anyone on this earth can provide.

How far has God brought you in your life?

What things has God brought you through?

Think about what God has done for you and given you. When you realize what God has done, and who you really are, in yourself, you will stand amazed as David did. You will want to ask God the same question as David, who am I?

It really has nothing to do with you, but everything to do with God’s great love and mercy on you. Give God praise for what He has done and is doing in your life.

I pray today that you will know what God has done for you; that you will realize how far God has brought you; that you will know that you cannot do anything without God; and that you will know God’s great love and mercy.

John 19:11 No Power

“Jesus answered, You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.” John 19:11

Jesus had been arrested and brought to Pilate for a trial. The leaders who brought Jesus in wanted Him to be crucified…killed. Pilate tried to give Jesus a chance. He tried to have Jesus defend Himself, but Jesus did not say anything at all. He tells Jesus that he has the power to free Him or crucify Him. Jesus in turn points out that without God giving him power, he would have none at all.

People everywhere like to express their authority. They like to point out how powerful they are and what they can do. This especially happens when they want to use that power on someone else to get them to do something specific.

When a person expresses this type of power, most people get fearful. They look at the situation and feel they are backed into a corner. Many will back down and do what that person requested out of fear, even if they did nothing wrong.

This can often happen in a workplace for Christian believers. A believer does some witnessing and a supervisor states that he must stop or his job is threatened. Many believers will back down and stay quiet.

What you as a believer must do is first ask God on what to do. Does God want you to back down? If not, do not worry about the power the other person has. All the power any person has is what God has allowed them to have.

Pilate would not have had any power to crucify Jesus unless God had given him that power. The same goes for any person today.

Who do you fear more? The person in an authoritative position in this world? Or God?

Follow God and trust that He has the situation under His control. God may be using you to reach someone. Or He may be using the other position to move you so you can help someone else.

Are you willing to be used by God? Are you willing to trust His authority over all men?

I pray today that you will know that God is in control; that you will not fear what men threaten; that you will do what God wants you to do; and that Jesus will use you to draw many to Him.

Matthew 23:12 Don’t Be Humbled

“For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Matthew 23:12

Men and women like to be exalted, to be lifted up, praised, and honored. It will make them feel like they have done something good or of great value.

There is nothing wrong in getting honored for something you have done. The problem comes in when you seek that honor yourself.

Very often people place themselves in a position of honor in order to receive that praise. They are telling people to look at them and see what they have done. These people are full of pride.

Pride tells everyone to look at me and lift me up. In Proverbs, you are told that pride comes right before a fall. Now, Jesus is stating the same thing. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled.

To be humbled, is to be put down, put into your place. No matter who you are, you are not as high or great as you may think you are. If you climb up on a pedestal, remember that now you are higher and have farther to fall.

Every person puts on their pants the same way, one leg at a time. This makes you no different from anyone else. Everyone also has been given the breath of life by God. Without God no one can do anything. Without God you are nothing.

Keeping this in mind, you must then humble yourself. Be real with yourself and with others. You may be doing great things, but it is because God has allowed you to and given you that ability. It is not because you are great.

Be willing to be the low man on the totem pole or ladder. God will lift you up in His time. Jesus said whoever humbles himself will be exalted. Just as Joseph was lifted up to the position of second in command of Egypt, so God may lift you up in the right time.

Don’t lift yourself up, it is a long fall down. Let God lift you up and you will rise and stay much higher. Jesus humbled Himself by dying on the cross, can you do any less?

I pray today that you will let God use you as a servant to others; that you will not lift yourself up, but let God honor you; that your heart will not be filled with pride; that you will keep yourself humble before God and others; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.