Bible Lesson 26

Today we want to examine a feeling that most true Christians experience from time to time so that you will not grow weary of well-doing and allow the devil to lead you into some transgression. What I’m referring to is the tendency that some of us have to look around us, and see people who are unabashedly sinful, yet who seem to be greatly blessed by God. You know the kind of people that I’m referring to, people who live the “high” life; and profit from some kind of shady business. People who never seem to have a serious thought and who lead others astray as they go about consuming and enjoying everything that the world has to offer, yet as we who serve the Lord and seek to glorify Him in our lives are sometimes hard-pressed to make ends meet. I don’t know about you but I do know that that thought has occurred to me from time to time. How do we make sense out of that kind of thing? Has God forgotten about us; and does it matter to God what those other people do and how they live?

What we have to do to get peace about that kind of seeming injustice is to remember who God is and then to remember what He has said in His Word the Bible. We can always depend upon the Bible to enlighten us if we really study it and seek our answers prayerfully as we ask for a light from God. The Bible has the answers and anytime we have to research to find the answers, we are greatly blessed because we will end up finding not just the answer to one problem but answers to many of our problems.

I don’t suppose we could find a better example of God’s mysterious ways than to look at the book of Job. It will help your study if you will open your copy of God’s Word and read the book of Job, chapter one, and verses one through 12. Those verses tell us of a servant of God, who was named Job, he was blameless and upright, the King James states that Job was perfect. He feared God and shunned evil. If you read those first 12 verses of chapter one of the book of Job, you will see that Satan did not ask God for Job, rather God offered, so to speak, Job as God’s man in the land of Uz. Since we know that God does not tempt mankind, we have to understand that God was testing Job, to prove to Satan that he was not the real power on the earth.

Did Job, wonder why many sinners around him were not put to this kind of test, while he lost, in a short time, his children, his herds, his flocks, and finally his health. The Word of God tells us that Job did wonder and question, but he never cursed God as his wife advised him to do (chapter 2:9). Jobs reply to his wife was, “shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil”?

Job continued to worship and serve God; and even said in chapter 13:15, he said, “Though He slays me, yet will I trust in Him”. Then in verse 14 of Chapter 14, he says, “If a man dies, shall he live again? All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.” Job seemed to know in his spirit that this life on the earth is temporary and that there is life beyond this short span, and Job was willing to suffer whatever here because He knew that God would work whatever happened to him for his own good.

We can think about the Bible and we know in the New Testament, that the Apostle Paul, in His epistle to the Romans, chapter 8:28, was inspired to write to us that “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them that are the called according to His purpose”. Naturally, none of this applies, except to those who have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ, by faith in His Person and Work on Calvary.

The question now is, have you been born again? Has God created you anew in Christ Jesus? Are you, like Job, determined to serve and love God, because of who He is and what He has done for you? If you have never considered it, just remember, that you will never again be called on to search your heart and life to make sure that in the end, you will win this race that we all run here on the earth. John 3:16 tells us that “God so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son that whosoever “believeth” in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. The New Testament where that verse of scripture comes from,(John 3:16) was written in Greek and the word that is translated in that verse, as believe, was in Greek from the root word Pisteuo, which means whosoever believeth, has faith, trusts, commits, and even obeys, what the Lord Jesus has commanded, will inherit heaven. Ask yourself, are you doing that?

I don’t get the idea that our God is offended by our questioning our situation as long as we come full circle in our questioning to realize that regardless of what God does for us will somehow make us stronger or will be in his plan for our good. It will not always appear as good when we suffer life?s hard knocks, but it will weigh out in the end to our good.

Who else can we think of in the Bible that experienced similar hard times? What about David the son of Jesse, even after God had said that David was to be King, the ruling King was allowed to harass and threaten David to a great degree. David had the opportunity to kill Saul, but because he knew that God had allowed him to hold the throne for a time, David would not kill the Lord?s anointed.

Then there was the greatest preacher, outside the Lord Jesus Christ, Saul of Tarsus, who we know as Paul, who preached and wrote much of the New Testament. If you are Biblically literate you know that Paul was given a preview of heaven by God; then God again using Satan, sent Paul a “thorn in the flesh”, something or someone who was a great aggravation to Paul (see2nd Cor. 12:2-10). The scripture tells us that Paul prayed and pleaded with the Lord three times, to take the thorn in his flesh away; however, God answered, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness”. In the language of our day, God told Paul, you move on and serve me, and I will give you perfect strength for your journey. That’s more than likely what God tells most of us when we question and even complain concerning some problem in our life?? Move on, because it is not your flesh that will accomplish my plan, but my strength in the Holy Spirit in you, so “head ’em up and move ’em out”.

Most of us don’t have much to complain about, even when we think we are in dire straits. So what if you have lost your job, and have a family to support? There are millions of people in this world who, have been out of work all their lives and they have large families. Perhaps you are sick or lame or deaf or blind, that is hard and my heart goes out to you, but most Americans have some kind of a security net, either family who will help or some government program that helps, while again millions of people in the third world countries don’t have anything.

What all of us need to do is to stop counting our problems and start counting our blessings. I cannot be certain why there are the haves and the have-nots all around us but God has a plan and it is that He will be glorified by it all.
I want to close by asking you to examine yourself, to be sure you are in the faith. Test yourself. Don’t you know whether Jesus Christ is in you or not, and if He is not, then you are disqualified?

That’s found in 2nd Cor. 13:5, and it means if you are not in Christ and Christ is not in you, making you that new creature that walks in the newness of life, then you are not saved. Be sure, Be very sure!

Until next time,

may God bless and keep you

This is Bro. Bob