Job 20:4-5 Wicked Victory Will Not Endure

Do you not know of this of old, since man was placed on earth, that the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite is but for a moment? Job 20:4-5

Throughout the entire world people are celebrating triumphs and victories every day. People are excited about what they are accomplishing. Some of these things are individual accomplishments, while others are corporate or even national/world level accomplishments. All of these victories are often seen as good for the world, regardless of what they are in reality. They are focused upon the moment of pleasure.

Zophar asks Job if he did not know that ever since man was placed upon the earth, that those who are wicked will only triumph for short time and the hypocrite will have joy only for a moment.

The world looks for pleasure in the moment with no regard to the future. Every time that the world can get the desired pleasure in a moment, they are happy and feel as if they are triumphing. Most often the victory that the world celebrates is wickedness. They do not know what true love is, but only selfish pleasure.

Very few people see themselves as wicked, however, every person is born into sin and is wicked. From the moment a person does something that is against God, that person is sinning and is wicked. One may have victory in the moment, but in the end there is judgement and eternal death, without the forgiveness of Jesus.

Believers may look at the world and think that the wicked in the world are winning, when in reality they are only winning in the moment but will lose in the end. They should not get discouraged when the wicked win a temporary victory. Only in Christ Jesus and living in His righteousness and holiness does one have hope of a future.

It may look like evil is winning and get discouraged when you look around you and see all of the evil being promoted and celebrated. Do not forget that God is in full control and will win in the end.

Focus your life and attention upon God and what He is doing. You will see victory that lasts more than just a moment but goes into eternity. Wickedness appeared to win over Job, but it was only for a moment, in the end Job won.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God is in control; that you will know the victory Jesus provides; that God will give you strength to turn from all sin and wickedness; and that God will give you victory over evil around you.

Esther 7:3 Pleading For Life

Then Queen Esther answered and said, “If I have found favor in your sight, O King, and if it pleases the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request.” Esther 7:3

Everyone loves life and freedom. No one desires to be held captive or have their life in danger of being killed. Nor does anyone like their fellow citizens with them to have their life threatened in any way. When lives are being threatened, there are some people who will stand up and plead for their lives and the lives of others.

Esther asks the king to spare her life and the lives of her people, because Haman was threatening to exterminate them.

In every nation around there are always some people whose lives are physically threatened. Some are on a daily basis. Some are also threatened directly because of their belief in God. However, many never have their lives physically threatened by anyone.

Yet, even without a direct physical threat the majority of people have their lives being threatened with death every day. All around the world sin is being promoted as good, encouraging people to participate in sinful activities as though those activities are good for them.

Although most of these activities do not actually kill anyone immediately, every one of these activities kill the soul of a person and continue to push them towards eternal death. Anyone who stands up for Godly principles of living is considered one who hates others and does not want to live life.

Believers are to stand up for God’s ways of living. They need to plead before God for their own lives and the lives of others. God is willing to forgive and give life to those who repent and believe in Jesus for their salvation.

Satan and the world are out to steal, kill and destroy your life in any way that they can. Your life and the lives of those around you are being threatened by the world.

Run to God and plead with Him for your life. Seek His strength and protection to overcome sin and the temptations to sin against Him. Seek that same protection for all those whom you know.

Hold on to the salvation that Jesus provides for you. Know that God is for you and not against you when you seek Him with all of your heart. He will hear your cry for help.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will open your eyes to the things threatening your life; that God will help you see how the lives of others are being threatened; that you will seek God’s protection and salvation for you and others; and that you will see God’s hand of favor upon your life.

Nehemiah 5:9 Is What You Are Doing Good?

Then I said, “What you are doing is not good. Should you not walk in the fear of our God because of the reproach of the nations, our enemies?” Nehemiah 5:9

Actions or choices are made every day by each and every person. Every action done is either good or bad to some degree or more, nothing is completely neutral. The world tends to believe that whatever makes one happy in the moment or to meet an immediate desire and does not immediately harm anyone else is good, regardless of what is done or any other ruling.

The Israelites had been charging usury on their fellow Israelites. Nehemiah told them that what they were doing was not good and that they should walk in the fear of God when the enemies go against them.

The world does not hold a rock-solid standard on which everyone stands and never changes. It is constantly changing to meet the individual or group’s selfish desires. According to the world, sinful actions do not really exist, and anything can be permissible.

Even though God has a solid standard to live by many in the church have chosen to think and act in the way that the world does. They will treat each other badly in many different ways, rather than with the love, mercy and forgiveness of God. The get caught up in the moment with selfish desires forgetting what God has done for them and living for themselves.

God has laid out a standard of living in love, holiness and righteousness, regardless of what the world does. Jesus was a living example of how to live life.

Every believer needs to stop acting like the world and begin living like Jesus. Their lives need to be filled with love, forgiveness, generosity, kindness and all the gifts of the Holy Spirit, walking in the fear of God.

You will interact with people, both believers and non-believers, every day. As you do so, you must put on the character of Jesus in what you say and do.

The world will try to pressure you into taking sinful actions. Lean into the Holy Spirit and be led by Him to do the correct thing. Walk in the fear of God so that everything you say and do will be what He desires, not as the world does.

Will God have to say what you are doing is not good?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know how God wants to act and speak; that you will live as Jesus lived; that all you say and do will please God; and that the world will know you follow God with all of your heart.

Nehemiah 2:13 Seeing What Was Torn Down

By night I went out through the Valley Gate toward the Jackal Well and the Dung Gate, examining the walls of Jerusalem, which had been broken down, and its gates, which had been destroyed by fire. Nehemiah 2:13

When a disaster strikes an area, there are workers who go into examine what occurred and how much damage was done. The entire purpose of doing this examination is to determine what it will take to restore everything back to its original state. Sometimes people will throw up their hands and give up without ever doing an examination.

Nehemiah went during the night to examine the walls and gate of Jerusalem to see how much damage had occurred.

Every year millions of people around the world go through the experience of a natural disaster in their lives. Homes and vehicles are destroyed and need to be rebuilt.

While there are lots of natural disasters going on there is a greater disaster that has occurred but is often ignored. This is the disaster of the souls of men and women around the world.

In every nation there is a problem with the acceptance and promotion of sin which causes the death of the soul. Walls of protection against sinful activity has been torn down. The gates are opened wide to sin and its promotion.

It has become so commonplace of a thing that many believers do not even see the disaster occurring right before their eyes. This causes many to not be a witness of who Jesus is and making disciples of all peoples.

Instead of ignoring what is going on around them, believers must open their eyes to see how ripe the field is for harvest. They need to see how many are heading to hell and do not even know it. Then they must take action to spread the gospel message and make disciples of Jesus, repairing the walls and gates.

Take time to take a look around you and see how many walls of morality and holiness have been torn down. Look at how the gates have been opened up to allowing sin more easily into the lives of people.

Let it break your heart at seeing the disaster of so many lives. Then allow it to stir your heart to go out and tell people about Jesus. Do as Jesus had said and make disciples of all people, rebuilding the walls and gates of Holiness and Righteousness in your life and the lives of others.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will open your eyes to the disaster that is right around you; that God will give you boldness to be His witness; that God will reveal broken walls in your own life; and that God will draw you and others closer to Him in holiness and righteousness.