Father God Bragged on His Boy
More than religiously acquainted with God, Job was relationally involved with Him. God altered Job’s moods. God commanded Job’s interests. God occupied Job’s thoughts. Job’s heart sought God. Job’s soul reverenced God. And God was worshiped by Job’s being. All Job came to be was shaped by his relational connection to God. Hence, Job was reported by God to be unlike anyone else on the earth. Proudly, Father God bragged on His boy. Such a relationship could never have been casually contrived, but rather nurtured and developed by profound experience based in a deep connection of trust and dependency.
Then the Lord asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil.“Job 1:8 NLT
HOW DOES THIS APPLY TO ME?
Can Father God brag about you? God loves you because you are His creation. But can He brag on you because you are His elation? You may say you know God loves you, but how do you conduct your life differently because you know God loves you? Do you express your love for Him through gratitude? God loves you so much He has a well-orchestrated plan designed for your life so that you will come into a closer relationship with Him and glorify Him. But are you unreservedly willing to allow Him to accomplish His plan in your life even if it means there would be a book written about your tragic life?
Lord, I trust in You with all of my heart. Please help me to not lean on my own understanding. I want to acknowledge You in all of my ways. Direct my paths in Your way. Don’t let me be wise in my own eyes, but teach me to fear You so I may always depart from evil. . . .Prov. 3:5-7
(excerpts from Desperate Dependency by J. Kirk & Melanie D. Lewis)
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