Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum


The Restoring Jesus

Mrs. Beena John
St. James MTC, NY

7: “ After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before”.

The book of Job is structured into three parts. The introduction (ch-1), discussion (Ch-2-41) and conclusion (Ch-42). In this book the trouble starts with Satan’s trial, which God restrained and ends with His restoration in God’s mercy. When we read the book of Job we learn that while God allowed Satan to test Job, He set limits beyond which the devil couldn't pass. God insisted that Job’s life be spared. When Job was going through adversity, he didn't know anything about the conversation between God and Satan.
    When we find ourselves in the midst of great adversity, we must keep in mind that there may have been a similar “behind the scenes” conversation regarding us. God has established the limits of trial, but we don't know what those limits are. What  we Christians experience is not generally time and chance. The Devil doesn't sneak up while God’s back is turned. God is involved in every test that we undergo and He has established preset limits beyond which Satan cannot go. Neither the duration nor the intensity of the trial is completely open-ended. Ultimately, God is in charge!.
    Mercy didn't return when Job was disputing with his friends, but when he was praying for them. God is served and pleased with our warm devotions, not with our warm disputes. God doubled Job's possessions. We may lose much for the Lord, but we shall not lose any thing by Him. Whether the Lord gives us health and temporal blessings or not, if we patiently suffer according to His will, in the end we shall be happy. Job's estate increased. The blessing of the Lord makes him rich; it is He that gives us power to get wealth, and gives success in honest endeavors.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, Restore to us the heavenly joy and inner peace that has been lost from us. Help us to focus on the eternal rather than the temporal from this day forward. Enable to start to live a life that is honoring to You. We ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16