“And the LORD said unto Satan, 'Whence comest thou?' Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, 'From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.' And the LORD said unto Satan, 'Hast thou considered My servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that fears God, and eschews evil?' Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, 'Doth Job fear God for nought?'” Job 1:7-9
Suppose God was having a conversation about you, what would He say about your life today? Would He be impressed or disappointed with what you have done with it so far?
The Bible says, Job was a perfect and upright man; a man who loved God and hated evil. Yet God, showing Job off, allowed all manner of devastating trials to be used by Satan to test Job’s heart, short of taking his life. And, while the Bible speaks of David as a man after God's own heart, David also had a rough time! David had to acknowledge his misconduct and suffer the consequences of his actions on more than one occasion. And although, he personally killed hundreds of men, those men were killed under God's direct orders. He paid a hefty consequence for the one life he was indirectly responsible for; the life of his friend Uriah, Bathsheba’s husband. And, since David was a true warrior, a man who clearly understood how precious life was, almost all of God's sanctions against him would end with the death of people he deeply cared about.
It is a precious thing for us as Christians to be saved by Grace. It allows us the opportunity not to have to stand before God for every action that is the sum total of our life. It is because of our Savior Jesus Christ who covers our sins that most of us are not consumed. I don’t know about you, but, quite frankly, if I were tested at a fraction of the level of David or Job, I would certainly fail miserably. Yet, we must still strive to live and maintain a righteous life; because, we love and stand on the side of God. It is the least we can do as a sign of respect and love for Jesus’ sacrifice.
In response to today’s question, the thought is, if God is having a conversation about YOU, pray that it is a really good one. One that weighs heavily on the plus side rather than the minus side; because, as easily as you and I breathe, He can alter the direction of our lives with the ease of a whisper. L.
Study Reference: Job 1:1-12; 2 Samuel 11:1-17; 24:10-17
From: "What Would God Say?" In The Master's Hands: 365 Daily Devotions for Everyday Living.
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