The book of Job is a valuable lesson for anyone who has gone through very bad times. Job, a man admired by God himself, hit his rock bottom when he lost everything. Satan took away Job’s wealth, people, children and in the end his health too. Job’s wife and friends blamed him for wrong doings instead of comforting him. Job only had God to plead to when all was taken away. He cursed his days, questioned God and asked for justice. If this has happened to you, how did you react? Did you blame someone? Did your friends come to your rescue? How did you manage to pull yourself out? I went through a similar situation and I learnt a lot of things from it. I learnt that I had to trust God only and literally pull myself out of the pit. You can only go up when you are at the bottom. I believe the right way of doing it is to seek God’s help and his guidance as you try to climb back up. God blessed Job in the end. His family, friends and wealth were all restored to him and his life continues to inspire us even today.
Above is a beautiful and illustrative video sermon from the life of Gideon that might be inspiring to you as much it was to me.
And Below are some more inspiring videos from the Live Before You Die series by Daniel Kolenda.
Let me continue the story of Gideon from my previous post because I am reading the Bible in that order. Previously I told you that God chose a man called Gideon to gather a group of warriors and fight their enemy, the Midianites. It turns out that the men chosen by Gideon were many. In Judges 7:2, the Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many warriors with you. If I let all of you fight the Midianites, the Israelites will boast to me that they saved themselves by their own strength”. Now here’s what caught my attention. In chapter 4, God says to Gideon to go with the strength you have and now in chapter 7 when their collective strength is known to be great, God says that there are too many of them. The reason he gives is that He do not want the people to boast in their own strength after they have won the battle. God knows they will win because that is what he wants, so why not let all of them take part?
You see, the primary purpose of the mission is for God to bring Glory to Himself and therefore bring praise to his children and not the other way. So often He lets us fight our battle with a limited amount strength or number which under normal circumstances would never bring us victory. But when we get through all of that and come out victorious, suddenly we realize that we could not have made it through without a supernatural encounter. God’s name is lifted up when we begin small. Much grace is needed for us to move forward.
I keep hearing the same or a variation of the question “Why does God allow suffering?”. If you do a search on the internet, there are tons of links relating to this topic. In fact, there is even a movie about it. You can view the trailer below.
Anyway, today when I was reading about Gideon in Judges 6 and I could see the same sort questions being asked many many years ago. At the start of the chapter, it says that Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight. And this has been happening over a long period of time. God rescues His people from bondage. The people forget what God did for them and fall into their old ways. They even worship other gods along with the people of the land they are living in. The process of restoration and falling keeps repeating over and over again through many generations. This is no different from the time we are in. We have been rescued from the bondage of sin by the blood of Jesus and yet some of us keep sinning along with the world. As a result, we have invited disease from the world to rule our body, calamities, suffering, poverty and so on.
Gideon was called to rescue his people. In the beginning he doubts his calling just like us. He even asks questions such as “if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about? Didn’t they say, ‘The Lord brought us up out of Egypt’? But now the Lord has abandoned us and handed us over to the Midianites.” (See Judges 6:13). These questions are very similar to what we ask today.
The Lord replies “Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!”. I believe this is the Lord’s reply for us too. Without blaming God for all the problems that we see around us, we need to know that we are the hands and feet of Jesus to bring Goodnews to the needy and to set the captives free. We have been given the burden to preach the Saving Word of God with all the world. Jesus, our role model and Saviour has already addressed this issue when he declared publicly in Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.”
Psalm 81:3 says “Blow the ram’s horn at new moon, and again at full moon to call a festival!” (NLT).
Today my Pastor explained what it means to blow the ram’s horn at new moon and full moon. He said, life is full of events. There are times when we experience severe darkness. It is during this time, when we feel sad and we are down and we feel that nothing is happening for us. It is may be a time when we have lost our loved ones or lost our job or lost something that is dear to us. The scripture says even during this time, we need to stay positive and praise God. Job was a rich person who had everything he ever wanted. One day he lost it all. In Job 1:21 He said, “I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord!” Wow, he just praised God when he lost everything. We read later in the book of Job that God restores everything back to him. In fact, he increased all that Job had twofold (Job 42:10).
Full moon, are times when we have been blessed to the max. It is very easy during this time to forget what God has done for us and be absolutely soaked in the blessing, so much that we lose sight of our heavenly father. I have had times in my life when I have absolutely forgotten God and those were times when I had everything I could imagine. God brought me back to square one. I can’t say I lost everything but I have certainly been brought back to a situation where I have no one except Him. It is important that we praise our Father during the full moon even when we are in the best of our situations.
I hope these words are a blessing to you as they have been a blessing to me. If you have any comments, you are welcome to put them down below. Thank you for reading.
Secret of Supply – Let seeking of necessities be secondary. Spend first energies in seeking God and His righteousness and these things will be added. Luke 12:29-31
Not to lose heart but persevere – Do not give in to doubt fear, unbelief, discouragement, or excuses for unbelief when prayer is not answered immediately. Rebuke and resist all opposition to the answer and all suggestions of a failure. It is a divine blood-bought right to an answer, so do not lose heart. Luke 18:1-8.
No limitations to asking and abundance in receiving – Assuring no limitations to what believers may ask and receive within the bounds of the promises. Superabundantly above the greatest abundance we may ask or even think, according to the power that works in us. His ability is connected with His willingness to do for His people. John 16:23, Ephesians 3:20.
The purpose of answering prayer – is to help you and to confirm the infinite Fatherhood of God, so do not hesitate to ask any material, physical or spiritual blessing, any need for body soul or spirit, for no good thing will he withhold from you. John 16:24, Psalm 23:1, Psalm 34:9-10, Matthew 7:11.
Results of doubt – He who doubts is like a wave that is rising one moment, sinking the next. One minute he believes, another he does not. It is certain that a doubtful man will not get an answer as it is that the man of faith will get an answer. James 1:6-8.
Liberty in prayer – You can have absolute confidence of access to God because sins which separated us from God are removed. In the old testatment, men were not permitted to approach God. Now we all have free and daily access to God by the blood of Jesus. We are invited to come boldly to the throne of grace to obtain help in times of need. Hebrews 10:19-23, Ephesians 2:18, Hebrews 4:14-16.
Have you tried delivering the Gospel to someone but you have not seen any results? Don’t worry, the Bible says ‘the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing’ (See 1 Corinthians 1:18).
But is there something we need to keep in mind before we deliver the message? Yes, there is. Often we try to make unbelievers understand with intellectual reasoning what the cross is about. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 1:17 that God sent him to preach the Gospel – not with words of human wisdom, lest the Cross of Christ be emptied of its power. Meaning if you try on your own, you end up with a powerless Gospel. Your work may be in vain.
The message of the cross is the power of God unto Salvation (See: 1 Corinthians 1:18, Romans 1:16). So when does this power of God work? It is when you speak what Holy spirit teaches you. 1 Corinthians 2:13 says ‘This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words’. It is this same spirit that leads a man into repentance and salvation (See 1 Corinthians 2:14). It is the same spirit who produces signs and wonders. The Gospel is now power packed and you happened to be in the middle of it all.