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.

2 Chronicles 24:4 Restore God’s Temple

Some time later Joash decided to restore the temple of the Lord. 2 Chronicles 24:4

Restoring old things is a passion for some people. Some will take old vehicles or old homes and work to make them like new again. Depending upon how damaged an item is, will depend upon how much work it takes to get it restored.

Once the item is restored like new, it can bring about great joy to the one who did it and to others around. Many can enjoy seeing something that is looking and being like it is supposed to be.

Joash had become king of Judah and decided to restore the temple of God that had been neglected.

The temple of God that Joash had chosen to restore was a physical temple that was where God had chosen to make Himself known. It was to be the center of the lives of the Israelites, the place where they could find out God’s will and give Him praise. It was where they could offer sacrifices for their sins.

Once God destroyed the nation of Israel, the physical temple was destroyed. After Jesus came, believers would become the new temple of God, each and every individual.

Sometimes believers choose to step away from God and walk a life of sin. They allow sinful practices to come into their lives, destroying the temple of God. In the same way that the original temple was able to be restored, believers can be restored.

Repentance and a change of heart that turns back to God is restoring the new temple of God, turning away from sinful practices that crept in. It is choosing to obey God’s commands and do His will in every area of one’s life. It is worshipping and serving God with one’s life.

As a believer, you are a temple of God. Your whole life should be fully dedicated to God for His use and glory.

You may have allowed some sinful habits to slip into your life, defiling the temple of God. Although this may have occurred, God is ready and willing to help you get restored as His holy temple.

Make the choice to repent of your sins and turn back to God. He will forgive you and fill you with His presence. You can be the holy temple of God that God had purposed for you to be in this fallen world.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be the holy and consecrated temple of the Lord; that you repent of any sins against God; that you will live to do God’s will; and that you will worship and honor God with all that you say, think and do

1 Chronicles 21:8 Admitting Wrongs Done

Then David said to God, “I have sinned greatly by doing this. Now, I beg you, take away the guilt of your servant. I have done a very foolish thing.” 1 Chronicles 21:8

Very few people like to admit that they are wrong. Usually, most people find an excuse as to why they did what they did, blaming it upon someone else or some other circumstance. It is often hoped that the wrong done will just get swept under the rug for forgotten about or ignored. Admitting that one is wrong is often a sign of weakness in the eyes of the world.

David had taken a census of all the people in Israel, something God had forbidden to do. He admits to God that he had sinned greatly and asks for God to remove his guilt.

The world does not see anything wrong with sin, it is just living life on this earth. All that matters is whether it harms someone or not and whether one is happy or not.

Believers, however, are to live by God’s holy standards at all times. Doing anything against God is a sin. Sadly, many believers look at many sins as small and insignificant. Then they try to excuse the sin away by blaming others as to why they did what they did.

Every sin against God is deserving of death and is extremely a foolish thing to do. It is not something small, but a great thing to sin against God. Regardless of anything a person does, there is no greater wrong than sinning against God.

Any believer who knows God will be willing to seek His forgiveness. One will know that God is loving and merciful and ready to forgive when sin is admitted. Jesus was sent to remove sin, not condemn people.

You will have times in which you will do something foolish and sin against God. Do not allow yourself to shift blame to someone else but own up to what you did. Do not try to cover up your sin, hoping it will just go away.

Every sin you do is very foolish and is deserving of death, but God is ready to forgive you.

As soon as you realize you have sinned against God, go to Him and admit what you did wrong. Turn from the sinful way. Then accept His forgiveness and mercy upon your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will hear the Holy Spirit point out when you have sinned against God; that you will seek God’s mercy and forgiveness; that you will see how foolish it is to sin against God; and that you will live a holy life before God that Jesus has provided for you.

2 Kings 8:19 God Keeps His Promises

Neverthleless, for the sake of his servant David, the Lord was not willing to destroy Judah. He had promised to maintain a lamp for David and his descendants forever. 2 Kings 8:19

Promises are made all the time by people all over the world, yet many are not willing to keep them. Another person does or does not do something and people break their promises. Sometimes they get upset with someone and choose to hold back on fulfilling their promise. Other times fulfilling the promise is difficult, so they choose to break it.

Jehoram had become King of Judah and continued to lead the people in sin against God. God would not destroy Judah because of His promise to David to keep a light for David and his descendants forever.

God has made many different promises to believers. Although He has made all of these different promises, many do not fully believe them. They forget how God has already kept all of His promises in the past.

One of the great promises many forget is that He is willing to forgive when one chooses to repent of his sins. Many believers fall into some sinful habit and feel as if God cannot or will not forgive them anymore. They feel as if there is no hope left for them.

While Judah was living in and promoting sin, there was hope. God had not given up on them. Until death, there is always hope available for the believer who chooses to repent and trust in the forgiveness and salvation offered by Jesus.

God will always be reaching out to touch a person and help him change. He does not want anyone to perish but to have a relationship with Him and everlasting life. He will keep His promise to pursue that objective.

You may be struggling and have fallen into some sinful habit and feel as if God does not want anything to do with you anymore. This is not true.

God has promised that He will save any who has repented of his sins. This includes you. He is ready and willing to provide anything and everything you need to have life and eternal life.

Do not turn away from God, but turn to Him and know that no matter what you have done, He is ready to forgive and save you. He is not willing to destroy you. He will keep His promises.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will repent of all sins and trust God for forgiveness; that you will know God wants to save and keep you; that you will know God will fulfill all of His promises to you; and that you will serve God with your whole life from this day forward.

2 Samuel 24:10 A Troubled Conscience

David was conscience-stricken after he had counted the fighting men, and he said to the Lord, “I have sinned greatly in what I have done. Now, Lord, I beg you, take away the guilt of your servant. I have done a very foolish thing.” 2 Samuel 24:10

As people do things every day, there are times that their conscience rises up with a feeling of whether what they are doing is right or wrong. Most people know when they are doing something wrong but ignore their conscience and rejecting doing what is right. Others will realize what they did was wrong and strive to change.

David had made a count of all his fighting men, something God said not to do. Immediately after the counting David was conscience stricken and repented before God for having sinned against Him.

Believers who have a heart that is seeking after God will know immediately when they have made a bad choice and sinned against Him. This is a sign from the Holy Spirit revealing when something is wrong and drawing them back to God.

If their action is to immediately repent, it keeps their heart soft and open to God and open to obeying God more and more. Sadly, many believers will ignore the feeling of conviction and continue in the sin, justifying it or just ignoring that it was a sin.

The more a believer does this type of action, the further from God he moves. It can get to a point where he no longer feels any conviction and lives in open sin. His heart becomes calloused against hearing the Holy Spirit’s conviction against sin.

True believers will have a heart open to God’s conviction and repent immediately. This is not to earn salvation, but because of what Jesus did for them. They strive to live the holy life God called them to live.

As a human being, you will have times that you will sin against God. Do not allow your heart to be so hardened that you do not recognize when you sin.

Know that every sin you commit breaks the heart of God and reminds Jesus of the stripes He took for you. Jesus is ready to forgive you.

Take time immediately to repent of any sin and seek God’s Holy Spirit to guide you and strengthen you to flee the temptation to sin the next time it comes around.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will hear the Holy Spirit speak into your life; that you will know when you sin against God; that you will repent of any sins against God; and that you will allow the Holy Spirit to guide you to live a holy life for God.