Have you ever been ion a season of life where, you know that God exists but, you sure wish He would speak to you? I think most of us have. I do not doubt that God exists. To me, there is too much evidence not to believe in God. But. there are times when you are thinking, “Lord, I sure wish you would speak to me.”
That’s how Job felt. Job said;
“If only I knew where to find God,
I would go to his court.
I would lay out my case
and present my arguments.”
Think about those words… “If only I knew where to find God…”
Lots and lots of people can identify with what Job said.
Notice what else Job said…
“I go east, but he is not there.
I go west, but I cannot find him.
I do not see him in the north, for he is hidden.
I look to the south, but he is concealed.”
Job looked in every direction and couldn’t find. Had God left? No… but at times, due to the pain we are feeling, we can look everywhere and not seem to find God. We know God exists. We see God’s creation and it gives evidence that God exists. But, if you are hurting enough you can think God has forgotten you.
Job looked in every direction but couldn’t seem to find God. Maybe you feel like Job. Life can be tough and it can cause us to wonder if God does exist.
On those days… look to God’s creation… feel the warmth of a smile or hug… read God’s word. Listen to Christian music. Find a church and just sit down and be quiet.
“I believe in the sun, even when it is not shining.
I believe in love, even though I don’t feel it.
I believe in God, even when he is silent.”
There is an old saying that there are three types of people in life; Those who are going through adversity, those who are about to go through adversity and those who are coming out of adversity. Adversity is no fun but God can use our adversity.
Paul said, “God comforts us in our afflction so that we may comfort others..”(II Cor 1:3) One of the benefits of adversity is, when we face it, we are more concerned for others who are going through adversity.
Several years ago I was going through some tough times. I called a couple of people and honestly, got little help. But then I called another man and he asked me to lunch. We talked and he encouraged me. Holli and I started attending his church.
Why did this Pastor reach out? Because he had been through adversity. He knew how it felt.
God may want you to reach out to someone today. God may have comforted you during adversity in order that you can comfort others.
Are you a refresher or a depressor? Are you the kind of person people like to see coming or, do they want to run when they see you coming? We need to be people who others want to be around. We need to be encouragers. In first Corinthians 16, the apostle Paul was closing out his letter. As he did, he mentioned three people whom he said “refreshed my spirit.”
Those people were Stephanas, Fortunatas & Achaia.” Paul said of them, “…they refresh my spirit.”
I have some people in my life who refresh my spirit. I bet you do as well. Everyone needs some ” refreshers” in life.
So, question; are you a refresher or a depressor? Hopefully you are a refresher. That’s how I want to be known… As a refresher. Today someone needs you to refresh their spirit encourage someone today. Brag on someone…say something good about someone.
Today you have a choice; you can refresh or you can depress. Refresh someone today.
Have you ever met someone who seemed to know it all? I mean, they think they are a one-stop dispensry of wisdom and knowledge. I’ve met a few folks like that and probably you have to. Some people seem to know everyone and everything.
In Job 12:1-3, Job said to his friends, “You people really know everything, don’t you? And when you die, wisdom will die with you! Well, I know a few things myself— and you’re no better than I am.”
Why are people like that? It’s because they are insecure. They are trying to impress people in order to be affirmed. Someone reading this may be like that…if so, friend, you dont have to try to impress people. Be yourself. It’s miserable trying to be somethng you’re not.
If you know someone like ths; be patient with them and pray for them.
Bottom line is this; you dont have to try impress people by thinking you are more important than you are. Be yourself. God loves you that way.
Zig Ziglar used to say, “When I graduated, I was the part of the class that made the upper half possible.” lol
Be yourself and stop trying to impress people.
Have you ever felt guilty?
Sure you have. All of us have at times. You do something wrong and you feel bad. You make a mistake and you feel bad. Feeling guilty can be a good thing… it means we are sensitive to right and wrong. If we don’t feel guilty when doing wrong, that can mean our heart is hardened.
In Job 10:14, Job said, “Yet your real motive—your true intent—was to watch me, and if I sinned, you would not forgive my guilt.”
Maybe there is something in your past and you feel guilty. If you have asked the Lord for forgiveness, you can move on. The devil may continue to remind you of what you did but you can tell the devil that Jesus has forgiven you.
You may think, “But you don’t know what you did.” I don’t and don’t need to. If you have asked the Lord for forgiveness, it’s done.. you are forgiven. Now, you may live with the consequences of that sin. For example, maybe you made financial mistakes. You can be forgiven but you may live with the consequences of your mistakes.
Maybe you did drugs. You can be forgiven, but you may have to live with the consequences of your sin.
Today, if you are feeling guilty for something.. give it to the Lord. Ask Jesus for forgiveness and it’s done. Then move on in the freedom of God’s forgiveness.
Why do people suffer? Is it because God is punishing them? No it’s not but many have believed that.
Years ago, if a lady couldn’t get pregnant people thought there must be sin in her life. But that’s not true. Christian people suffer like everyone else.
Job was a righteous man but God allowed Satan to test him. Some of Job’s friends came to encourage him but instead they discouraged him. They told Job that if someone is suffering, there must be some in their lives.
Job’s friends were wrong. You may be hurting and you are wondering if you are being punished for sin in your life? In some cases that may be true but in most cases it’s not. If you are hurting God wants to help you…to give you strength.
Yesterday I went to work praying for a sale. There have been other times when I prayed for a sale and God answered my prayer. But yesterday, it didn’t happen.
I admit, I was frustrated…discouraged. But, I began to reflect some. Does this mean God doesn’t love me? No, it doesn’t. Does it mean God doesn’t care about me? No, it doesn’t. I just didn’t make sale.
In athletics, there is an expression, the ball just didn’t bounce our way.” Sometimes that happens but it doesn’t mean God doesn’t love us.
Maybe the ball isn’t bouncing your way right now. Maybe your funds are low. Maybe things are a little tough.
Today, in Louisiana, there are families who suffered major damage during the flooding. Does God love them less? No! They just experienced a big-time unfortunate set of circumstances.
God loves you and will take care of us…even when the ball doesn’t bounce our way.