“Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.” Job 42:3b If there was any one man on earth who had reason to question God’s love, it was Job. He lost his family, his health, and his wealth – all at the same time. His friends came to his side only to question his spirituality. God had already answered the question of his integrity. Job was described in the opening verses of the book as “blameless and upright” (see Job 1:1). His calamities were not born from sin. Job acknowledged God’s right to do anything in his life until one day he could take it no longer. He questioned God’s motives.
God answered Job, but not in the way he wanted to hear. God answered him with a series of questions that represents the most incredible discourse of correction by God to any human being. Three chapters later, Job realized that he had questioned the motives of the Author of the universe, the Author of love. He fell flat before his Creator and realized his total depravity. “Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.”
Have you ever questioned God’s activity in your life? Have you questioned His love for you based on circumstances that came your way? The cross at Calvary answers the love question. He sent His own Son in replacement for your sin. If you were the only person on earth, He would have done the same. His ways cannot always be understood or reconciled in our finite minds. That must be left for a future time when all will be understood. For now, entrust your life to Him completely. Embrace Him in the hard times and the good. He will not leave you nor forsake you till the end of time. Gbu.
“Woe to the obstinate children,” declares the Lord, “to those who carry out plans that are not Mine, forming an alliance, but not by My Spirit, heaping sin upon sin; who go down to Egypt without consulting Me; who look for help to Pharaoh’s protection, to Egypt’s shade for refuge.” Isaiah 30:1-2 Have you ever entered a business relationship with someone you knew you were not supposed to? Throughout the history of Israel, the people were called to come out of an old way of life. Egypt represented that old way; when things got tough, the Israelites reverted to what was comfortable. They always knew they could take a trip to Egypt and find what they lacked. Perhaps this was their reasoning: “If we can’t get it accomplished under the new way, why not go back to the way we used to do it? At least we know we can get it there.”
When God calls us into a walk of faith, we can expect to be tested in this walk. If we enter into alliances that God has not ordained, it will only bring heartache. Such was the case for Israel. “But Pharaoh’s protection will be to your shame, Egypt’s shade will bring you disgrace” (Is. 30:3).
Beware what you perceive as an alliance that may advance your business. It may actually bring you great distress if God has not directed you to align it. Ask yourself what the motive is behind this possible alliance. Make sure that it is not based on fear or a quick fix. Get confirmation that God is leading you to make such an alliance. Then you will not end up in the way of Israel, experiencing shame and disgrace. Gbu. Ps. Sam.
1 KINGS 17:12-16.
Imagine telling a widow who has about to eat her last meal with her only son to give you a portion of that meals.
That would seem like cruel and extra ordinary selfish thing to do.
God led Elijah to a poor widow who was on her last meal of flour.
Why would God lead Elijah from one desperate situation into another?
God wished to perform yet another miracle and show His Faithfulness to those who needded the most.
The woman demonstrates her faith in God and Elijah by giving him her last meals.
This act of faith insured that her provision would be there day after day.
God multiplied her flour and her jug of oil. PROVISION followed OBEDIENCE.
God will multiplies what we already have in our hand in a miraculous way when we yield it to HIM.
God took the widow only resource just like He took the 3 loaves and 2 fishes, and multiplied it for those who were in need.
“That is why I was angry with that generation, and I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known my ways.’ So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest'” (Heb 3:10-11).
Technology is supposed to make our ability to accomplish things easier and make us more productive. I love the technology gadgets available to us today. In twenty years these will seem as old and rusted. Research reveals that the average person is working much longer hours today because we literally can work from anywhere. Our technology allows us to stay in constant contact with others, which means we are always on call. Unless we intentionally set boundaries, we will never rest from our work.
God got angry with the people of Israel because they did not know His ways. They failed to recognise the boundaries He had set for them that would ensure a spiritual and physically successful life. They chose to disregard His ways. This disobedience led to their inability to enter God’s rest.
God’s rest means that we can actually do our work and still be refreshed through His Spirit in our inner man.
It is the opposite of sweat and toil. It means that the fruit of our work comes as a result of abiding in the vine of His grace and power.
Jesus said you can do nothing (worthwhile) unless you are connected to the vine.
In order to do this you and I must do two things. We must understand His ways and we must do His ways. When we follow these two things, we will begin to experience His supernatural rest in all of our endeavours.
Gbu. Ps. Sam.
“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty” (Prov 14:23).
Is there something you would like to accomplish in life but simply cannot find the hours in the day to get started? Many of us suffer from procrastination. We justify putting our dreams aside because we don’t believe we have the time or resources to accomplish the task.
Many times people tell me they believe they are called to write a book. I tell them, “Great, if God has called you to write a book, begin to write it.” Sometimes the response is: “But I don’t have a publisher.” “That has nothing to do with it,” I say. “That is not your problem. If God calls you to write a book, you are to begin to write. You may not be writing to get published. You may be writing for other purposes.”
“The LORD your God will drive out those nations before you, little by little” (Deut 7:22).
If God has given you a vision to do something, begin by taking baby steps toward that project. Begin to focus on the vision and take action steps toward it. Many times people ask me, “How in the world do you have time to write? You travel so much and seem to have such a full schedule.” My answer to them is that I have a specific time of day in which I commit to writing. It is usually between 5 AM and 8 AM. I have found this to be my most creative and productive time. Very little can get in the way of this time if I believe God has given me a project to do.
You will be amazed at what God can do with a little each day. Do not let procrastination prevent you from accomplishing what God may want to do through your life. Make plans today to take baby steps toward the vision that is in your heart.
From Oz Hilman.