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Friday, May 19, 2017

Living to Reflect God’s Goodness in My Life

In review of Job 10:12 it says, “You have granted me life and favor, and your care has preserved my spirit.”

Bottom Line:
God gives life and constant love, and he watches over you.

What this means to me:
God, your are the source of my life. No matter what happens to me, You shower me with kindness and unfailing love. My life is preserved by your care.

As I look at the context of Job 10, I see how Job began to wallow in self-pity. It’s certain that we all face baffling afflictions, where our pain lures us toward feeling sorry for ourselves. However, at this point we are only one step from self-righteousness, where we keep track of life's injustices and say, "Look what happened to me; how unfair it is!" We may even feel like blaming God. It’s best to keep in mind that life's trials, whether allowed by God or sent by God, can be the means for development and refinement in our lives. So when I face trials, I should ask, "What can I learn and how can I grow? rather than "Who did this to me and now can I get out of it?"

I also see that In frustration, Job jumped to the false conclusion that God was out to get him. Wrong assumptions will lead to wrong conclusions. I should not take my limited experiences and jump to conclusions about life in general. If I find myself doubting God, remember that I don't have all the facts. God wants only the very best for my life. Many endure great pain, but ultimately they find some greater good came from it. So when I find myself struggling, I should not assume the worst.

It’s easy to live with an insecurity complex, not always seeing myself as blessed and highly favored. I can rise up each morning and say, “By the power of Almighty God, I am a child of the Almighty God, blessed and highly favored.

Satan is not worried about what I will do for the Kingdom if he can preoccupy me with a seemingly endless parade of problems. Some problems might be large, valid issues. But I should stay focused on the prize. If I focus on the problem, then the problem will consume me. When I stay focused on Jesus, He fills my days with laughter and your bitter midnights with song.

I should not let satan steal my joy and rob me of my peace. Life is simply too short for that? I should set out to enjoy each day as if was my last, and know that God is still on the throne and everything is going to be alright.

Today’s passage also brings to mind my small groups study last night in Revelation 3 and the message to the church in Sardis. The  church in Sardis was dead, they were missing the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in their lives and the fruit that comes from it. It’s not enough for me to rest on my laurels and just kind of do Christian things. Jesus threatened them that If this didn’t wake up and return to the basics of their faith he would come and they wouldn’t be expecting it.  I need to make sure my life is full of the fruit of having the Holy Spirit within me. It does not good for me to just do busy work and not really make a difference in the lives of those around me.