The book of Job is fascinating to me. His circumstances were caused by no fault of his own. Yet, he never sinned against God. Job never blamed God or cursed God because his situation was less than desirable. Through the trial to the end, God received all the glory because it was ultimately not about Job.
Have We Missed The Boat?
It is funny to me that people think that as soon as life throws you a curveball, you have sinned against God and you are out of his will. Where does Jesus ever say that following him will be a bed of roses? Where does Jesus say the Christian life is easy? Where does Jesus say that a disciple will never be persecuted?
Just because our current situation is not the best one that we might have chosen for ourselves, it does not mean that God does not want us right where we are. Let me explain:
God can do what he wants, when he wants, how he wants because he is God. God does say that he does all things first and foremost for his glory and secondly, for our good.
Some preachers will tell you that God wants to bless you in all of your finances and health and all areas of your life. The corner office in the company has your name on it. The Mercedes is just waiting for you to pick up the keys. That new house that is bigger than you need…the one that you would need to hire somebody to clean…the real estate company is just waiting for you to sign the dotted line.
Some preachers will get on the platform in their $5000 watches and $2000 suits. They will teach you that you are not smart enough to read and study the Bible on your own. That is why God gave them to you. How do I know this. I have seen it and there are preachers in my area that do the same thing.
This is wrong in the heaviest, deepest sense of the word wrong.
The Bible tells us that Jesus said that he was sending us the Holy Spirit. “When the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.” John 16:13
Christian, the Holy Spirit reveals to you the meaning of Scripture as you read and study it. He leads and guides you into truth and will never lead you astray. Your spirit cannot live if the only spiritual food you receive from the Scripture is on Sunday morning. You will be spiritually malnourished.
This is why I encourage my church and you to pick up the Bible. Read it, drown in it, be consumed by it, feast on it. You are responsible for the spiritual nourishment of your spirit during the week. The Holy Spirit will guide you into knowledge, wisdom, and understanding.
I love watching people that are passionate and hungry for the Scripture. Jesus also said in Matthew, that you were blessed when you hunger and thirst after righteousness.
You CAN study the Bible on your own. You CAN learn what Jesus wants to teach you and the calling he has put on your life. You CAN learn because the Holy Spirit will guide you into all the truth.
Don’t let anyone tell you different.