Walk in the footsteps of Jesus, the apostles, and other heroes of the faith. See the locations where the biblical events took place. Worship and study where other believers have done so for thousands of years. Rev. Rob is leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land January 17-27, 2017 and is inviting YOU to come along.
It is time to experience the Scriptures in a whole new way.
There's a funny thing about bad days. Most folks use other people's misery to feel better about their own situation. We also try to show others that their situation is not as bad as someone else's misfortune.
Job had a life that is so hard even though he was faultless before God. Job had a holy reverence for God. He truly feared God. Job was wealthy. He had a great family and everything was going his way. The tempter stated that Job would rebuke God if everything was taken away. This proved wrong. The evil one then stated if Job lost his health he would turn away from God. He was wrong.
Job does not sin by his submission.
Why??? 40 chapters of why? How? What happened to me?
The retrobution principle is: Jobs life is a result of how he's living (good actions result in blessings from God, bad actions result in punishment). Job must not have been living right. The cosmic reward for what you do or Murphys Law is not based on Scripture. Suffering is not our fault. Retrobution is not how God works in our lives.
Context of scriptures are key! The end of story cannot be skipped. God is not and cannot be the author of evil in this world. The restoration of our world is coming but we will hurt in the mean time. This is not easily understood, we must strive for the kingdom even amidst trouble. Do not worry today for troubles that will occur tomorrow.
Happiness does not equal JOY. The message to do whatever makes me happy now has wrecked many lives. This shallow interpretation of what we want causes us to miss the mark. The Christian message provides so much more. Innocent suffering is sometimes a way to know God better. Jesus life is the example of perfect suffering. He died in a way that we can't truly understand. Job is a small reflection of Christ.
Suffering can be unexpected rest assured that God is with us and will always be with us. Amen!
In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.
Job 1:1 NIV
On another day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord , and Satan also came with them to present himself before him. And the Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the Lord , “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.” Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.” “Skin for skin!” Satan replied. “A man will give all he has for his own life. But now stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face.” The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life.” So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head. Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes. His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!” He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.
Job 2:1-10 NIV