DAILY DEVOTION, April 1, 2022
Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!” 10 But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this, Job did not sin with his lips (Job 2:9-10).
Poor Mrs. Job! Who can blame her outburst? They lost their children, their wealth, and Job’s health. She seemed to have the idea that as faithful believers in God, no evil would befall them. She is angry with God. We hope she got over it.
Job has a different idea. Is he hurt by what has happened to him? Yes, he is. Does he understand why all this evil has befallen him? No, he does not. He is suffering along with his wife but with a different attitude. Yes, God had blessed them with children, wealth, and health. Job realized that all his blessings came from God. He has lost everything, but he still has a relationship with God. That is enough.
When adversity strikes, we often have no good explanation for why God would allow such suffering. I am writing this a few days after the tragic death of my friend and missionary, Lynn Cazier. Why didn’t God spare him? I have no answer. Job’s point is a simple one. If you have God, you have all you need. He may bless you or allow tragedy to strike for reasons we do not understand. Whatever happens, God is enough. Job trusted God. Lynn believed in Jesus, His Savior. That is enough.
Father, I thank You for all the blessings You have poured into my life. Blessings come, and blessings go. Help me to see that if I have a relationship with You through Jesus Christ, that is enough. If I hold on to Jesus, my Savior, I have everything I need. In His blessed name, I pray, Amen.
Marie’s daily verse:
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8 NLT
DAILY DEVOTION, March 31, 2022
Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect (Matthew 24:44).
I have lived through several wrong predictions regarding the return of Jesus. But, of course, such predictions are always wrong because Jesus said no one knows the time of His return (Matthew 24:36). So in the above verse, Jesus says He will come at an hour you do not expect. Aren’t those who tell us that Jesus is coming at a specific date being arrogant? Those who say, “We are living in the last days. The second coming will occur soon,” apparently do not believe the above verse. If the time of Jesus’ coming is unknown and will occur at an unexpected time, we can’t know if it will happen today or 500 years from now.
We know He will return. He said so, and we believe Him. The practical side of being uncertain is we are to be always ready. He could come today, or tomorrow, or many years into the future. Therefore, be prepared. It will happen. Live as a faithful disciple of Jesus every day. Father, I do believe Jesus will come to wrap up this earthly life. I certainly don’t know the details of what will happen when He comes, and I do not know the time of His coming. So, help me to be faithful to Him daily. In His name, I pray, A