January 4, 2021

God Honours His Children - Bro. T. Stephen

My dear Brother   and sister   in Christ,   I greet and bless everyone in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. The blessed word that God has given you for today is from the book of   Job 1:1 “There was a man in the land   of   Uz,   whose name was Job and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and Shunned evil. ”

My Dear Brother and Sister, We read in the Bible that Job was a good man who feared the Lord and turned away from evil. We also  come to know that  he was a wealthy,  highly esteemed by all and  a  man of prayer  with ten  adult children.  His   reverence for the Lord is a distinctive feature, which identified Job as someone with a  spirit of God and who had the desire for godly understanding.   “For the fear of the Lord  is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One gives understanding”.

My Dear Brother and Sister,  But  we see that  God allowed Job to be tested. So he  was severely tested by Satan.  His friend’s believed that God’s blessing exclusively fell on the righteous while His punishment only touched wicked men. His dialogue with his friends  exposes this misconception. Because  “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and comes from the Father of lights, Who never changes”, “for the Lord causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and He sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous”.  We   see  that  Job  underwent immense sufferings.  But   his   faith   in   God’s   word  honours His name.

My  Dear Brother and Sister,  Job’s sufferings and the way he faces the  problems, provides us with an understanding of how God  relates  to  man and His long-suffering kindness towards us. It helps us to understand, what the Lord desires from His people and   the benefits of suffering in our lives,   even   when God’s actions seem to contradict His character. The sufferings of Job,  helps  to answer the question – ‘why do bad things happen to good people? Why do God’s servants have to suffer when the ungodly seem to have a problem-free existence? 

My Dear Brother And   Sister,  God is always good, and evil is always the  result of sin.  God is the Creator  of   all  that  is good and wholesome, and  it  is  God’s sovereign right to bless whosoever He chooses.  And although He promises to bless those who trust Him, He does not promise that evil will never  befall  them.  For God will   turn evil  to  good for those that love Him.   The   Lord’s  reply   to  Job  did  not  answer  his  many  questions, but it demonstrates God’s omniscience. His goodness and grace; His forbearance and mercy ; His  wisdom and strength –  His kindness and His favour towards His servant. Let us not only consider the sufferings of Job who was blameless, upright, feared God and eschewed evil, but let us also rejoice in the immeasurable grace of God – His never-ending goodness;   His long-suffering mercy,   His perfect justice and His everlasting righteousness. 

My Dear Brother and Sister,   many of  you,  who  are   reading this message, may  be   going through  trials  and   tribulation  like  Job.  You might have lost your loved  ones  during  the  Corona, period.  Some of you might have lost your jobs. Some might be suffering from severe   disease.  You might have incurred great loss in your business.  Whatever might be your problem, if you remain like Job, God will bless you and keep you. Look at Job,   though he was righteous God tested his faith.  He proved to be a true man of God. The Bible says, In spite of all the affliction   Job never committed sin by his lips. May  God help you to be honest, faithful and blameless   before  God. Since Job feared the Lord, he was blessed with double portion of blessing. You too will be blessed   with double portion of blessing,  if you look to God in prayer and remain faithful to him. 

Prayer:  Our  loving  heavenly Father,  we thank  You for this blessed day.  Father, we bless and thank You for the many lessons we learn from the life of Job. We have misrepresented Your grace and favour toward mankind, through our own lack of understanding and limited  perception. Thank You for Your goodness and grace;   Your forbearance and   mercy;  Your wisdom and strength and Your kindness and favour toward us all. Thank You for not giving us what we deserve but instead,  has  given  us what we do not deserve.  Help us to come to a deeper knowledge and understanding of  Who You are and  help  us  to live  our life in a way that honours You.  

In Jesus’ name we pray, 

AMEN. 

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