Your Future

Does it ever feel like the whole world is against you? Like nothing goes your way? As though God has turned his back on you?

If you think you’ve got it bad, take a look at Job. Not to make light of anything you may be going through, but Job had it bad. Really bad.

Job is also a bit of a whiner. I’d probably whine, too, if I were in his situation.

But in chapter 8, Job’s buddy, Bildad, gives him a bit of a smack upside the head.

How long will you say these things, and the words of your mouth be a great wind?

Does God pervert justice? Or does the Almighty pervert the right?

If your children have sinned against him, he has delivered them into the hand of their transgression.

If you will seek God and plead with the Almighty for mercy, if you are pure and upright, surely then he will rouse himself for you and restore your rightful habitation.

And though your beginning was small, your latter days will be very great.

Job 8:2-7 (ESV)

Bildad is basically telling Job that he’s wasting his breath. God doesn’t change. Get yourself into a place where you can seek God and He will respond.

Where you began will seem unimportant, because your future will be so successful.

Job 8:7 (NCV)

It’s time to stop looking at your circumstance and start looking at God.

God is greater than your circumstance.

Daily Bible reading: Job 7-9; Acts 7:44-60

Thanks

I’d like to think that I’m a thankful person, but when I really think about it, I know that I am not.

…give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

2 Thessalonians 5:18

Even today, I know that I am not thankful. I heard the rain and wind outside my window in the wee hours of the morning and was not thankful. I rolled over and my muscles ached from my workout yesterday and I was not thankful. I got up to go to work and I was not thankful. I got to work and was not thankful. Obviously, thankfulness is something I need to work on.

I think, though, that many people believe that they need to be thankful for everything that happens. I hardly think I need to be thankful for sore muscles, but I can be thankful that I have the ability and energy to use those muscles. I don’t have to be thankful for the wind and rain, but I can be thankful for the rain because that means that I will be even more grateful for the sun when it makes an appearance. Some days I don’t particularly enjoy my job, but I have a job, and for that I can be thankful.

Today, I’m going to try to find a reason to be thankful in as many circumstances as I can remember to do so. Why not try it? It might make your day.