Job 20:29 The Fate Of The Wicked

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Such is the fate God allots the wicked, the heritage appointed for them by God. Job 20:29 

The world sees trouble coming for the world. They see the pollution and destruction of the land occurring and they believe that people are destroying the world. In an attempt to combat what is happening, the world strives to enact laws to get people to be more careful with how they use this planet earth, believing that this world is all there is.

Most of the people of this world believe that there may be a god, but they don’t think that they can really know him. They also believe that there may be more than one god controlling everything. Atheists deny that God exists in any form or with any religion, believing that this is all there is.

Zophar, one of Job’s friends, decides to speak. He begins this chapter describing in great detail the final destruction of the wicked, those that do not believe in God. He goes into detail as to the loss of health and wealth, loss of peace and destruction of everything. This is one thing that his friends said that is true. There is coming a day of judgement against all who do not follow God, it is their inheritance for disobedience.

While all of these things will eventually happen, they may or may not be happening to people right now. Many in the church will quickly say that it is God’s hand of judgement coming upon people when a major disaster occurs. Zophar was implying this was the case with all that happened to Job, which is not the truth, there was no judgement occurring. Job was in a proving ground.

Believers in Jesus must warn people of the coming judgement and what that will mean. They have to let people know about Jesus and His offer for salvation from the coming destruction. The world will end, but life can go on.

As a believer, you must not fear when things are going bad around you. Have no fear when all you see is death and destruction. While those things are bad, they are not the end of life. God is still in control.

Focus your life and trust in Jesus. Trust that He will save you from your sins and the coming judgement. Then you will have peace that the world cannot understand.

As you do this, warn others of the coming judgement. Be a witness for Jesus to save as many as possible.

I pray today that you will know the salvation that Jesus provides; that you will be a witness of Jesus to this world; that you will know the peace God gives; and God will remove all fear of coming destruction. 

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Job 18:21 A Bad Implication

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Surely such is the dwelling of an evil man; such is the place of one who does not know God. Job 18:21 

Generalizations of people happen on a regular basis. Because someone is something specific, other rules ‘must’ apply to him also. This is where racial prejudice usually comes in. Because a person is of a certain color, then he must be like something bad or especially good.

People are often categorized according to one or two things in their lives, rather than looking at their entire life. It is easy to judge someone with just a little bit of evidence, but that does not mean that the judgement is correct and accurate.

Bildad chooses to talk about how the life of a wicked man is. In this chapter he describes one who is abandoned by God and people and loses everything. It is a picture of total hopelessness and destruction. Job was going through total loss and destruction, but it was not eternal. It was not because of his sins. It was God testing and proving him.

It is true that in the end the wicked man will be completely abandoned by God and destroyed. He will lose everything in the end. However, that ‘end’ is when Jesus returns to judge the earth. That loss is when he is finally cast into hell with the devil and all others who have rejected Jesus.

While a person is still alive on this earth living in sin does not mean he will automatically prosper or not prosper. There are people who reject Jesus today that are living very well, by earth standards. They are not being rejected and have everything going for them, at least it appears that they have it going for them.

However, when Jesus returns, if they have not chosen to follow Jesus, they will lose it all. They will be rejected and destroyed in eternal punishment.

Believers today may be tested and proven by God, but that does not mean God has abandoned them.

You may be going through a time of testing and proving. Stand strong and true in your belief in God. Do not waiver or give up. In the end you will not lose everything, but will gain everything.

When Jesus returns and finds you faithful, despite the struggles on this earth, He will invite you into heaven for eternal life. Be careful how you judge what others are going through and what you are going through.

I pray today that God will reveal His presence to you; that you will see God’s hand in all you are going through; that you will know God’s peace in the midst of any trials; and that you will be proven faithful to God. 

Job 13:7 Speaking Wrong Words For God

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Will you speak wickedly on God’s behalf? Will you speak deceitfully for him? Job 13:7

Speaking for another person is a common practice among people all over the world. Someone says something and everyone talks about it and reinterprets what the person is saying to meet their own agenda or thoughts.

This can be see in the news and social media all the time. A famous person makes a statement about something meaning one thing, and half the online media turns it around to say something different and shreds the person up.

It is also seen in the level of just a family. A parent says something, and one sibling takes and runs with it against another sibling, making it something it was never supposed to be.

As Job was going through an extremely tough time, losing everything, he had some ‘friends’ come by to give some counsel. Their focus was that Job must have sinned some great sin to cause God to strike him so. They were speaking lies on behalf of God, sin had nothing to do with what was occurring in his life.

These types of words and more are very common among believers in a church. People are very quick to judge someone on God’s behalf, often not knowing the full story. In reality, no one can fully understand what God is doing and why He does it. His ways and thoughts are way above any person’s ways and thoughts.

People are also very quick to judge those outside the church in ways that are not always truth. In doing this, they are not showing any compassion or love, both of which God is known for. Jesus did not just go around constantly condemning, but showed love and compassion for the people. There is a time for judgement, but it is not all the time.

Think about the things that you say and do in God’s name as a believer. Things that you state that God has said. Are you taking everything within context or are you twisting God’s words to meet a personal agenda?

Study God’s word from beginning to end. Learn what God’s heart is like and how He acts and reacts to things. As you fill your heart with His word and His love, you will begin to speak the right words each and every time. You will not speak lies or deceit when giving counsel to another person.

I pray today that you will know God’s word; that you will know God’s love and compassion; that you will speak God’s word correctly; and that you will not say or do anything God has not directed you to do or say. 

Ezekiel 18:23 What Pleases God

Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign LORD. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live? Ezekiel 18:23

The question had been raised asking if a son will die for the sins of the father, and God answered no. He states that a person will die for his own sins, and that is regardless of how he lived prior to those sins. Along with that, God said that if a person had lived a sinful life, then changed his ways, he would live and not die because of the past sins. God does not look forward to someone dying in sin, but that they will change their ways and live.

Looking out on the world, there are many different types of people. When people read or hear about someone who has done a great crime against many people, they often want justice done and see the person destroyed. They do not see any hope for that person at all.

It can even happen in the small town, where a person knows someone who has been living a very bad lifestyle and it there seems to be no hope for him. People do not believe that he will ever be able to accept Christ and change.

On the other side, people see someone who is a great looking Christian, with a large ministry, fall away from God into some sinful lifestyle. Some people feel that God should still save him because of what he had done in his past.

God looks at the current situation of the heart of a man. God’s greatest desire is that every person will change their ways and follow Him, regardless of how bad or how good they were in the past. Jesus does not want anyone to perish.

Often Christians will condemn a person and never have hope that he will change. Or they do not believe it when he does start to change and serve God.

When  you see a person, you must have hope that God will touch his heart and he will change. If someone who has served God falls away,  your heart must also break with God’s, and pray that he returns.

Have the heart of God in being pleased when a person repents and turns to Him, do not doubt or get angry when a person is given life.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for people; that you will be pleased as God when a person turns to Him; that you will weep as God does when a person turns from Him; and that you will seek to tell all about Jesus. 

Proverbs 9:7 When Not To Correct Or Rebuke

Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults; whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse. Proverbs 9:7

It is very common for believers to stand up and rebuke those in the world. Various Christian speakers speak out harshly against those who do not claim to be Christian in any way and are living in sin. Some will get extremely angry with those who are promoting sinful activities and protest them in very harsh ways.

As this is done, the world rises up stronger against the believer and fight. Christians are often then seen as hateful and unloving. Rules are then made to silence those who speak out against sinful acts.

Believers need to look at how Jesus acted when He walked on this earth. He never came out harshly against the unbelievers. Jesus just proclaimed the kingdom of God and His great love. When a person chose to believe in Him, He would then tell them to leave the old ways of sin. The only time Jesus got angry and did rebukes, was when He was talking about those who believed in God, but were not living that way.

Those in the world are sinners, and that is what is sinners do–they sin. Trying to correct or rebuke the wicked or those who do not believe in God, will do nothing but get them angry.

Instead of rebuke and correction, show them God’s love, mercy and grace. Let those in the world see the example of a better life.

Believers should accept all correction and rebuke as possibly coming from God. To hear what God may be trying to tell them on how they should be living their life. That is being wise.

As you go through life, there will be things you see people of this world doing that will make you upset. You may want to rise up and fight back or rebuke them. Take a step back and think about how God treated you before you became a believer. God showed great love to you.

Can you show love to those in the world?

Don’t just rebuke those that do not know to do any better, give them an example of how to live. Show them what true living is by showing them what true love is. There is a time and place for correction and rebuke, make sure it is in God’s time and way.

I pray today that you will allow God to guide you; that you will be filled with God’s love and mercy; that you will show God’s love to this world; and that you will be an example of how to live for God to this world.