I was reading in the book of Job today (for those who you who know, I am reading the chronological Bible in a year). The passage that struck me as very important was 1:20-22…
“At [finding out his children had all just died], Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.’ In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.” (NIV)
For those of you who don’t know, me and Jessica broke up…So in some ways I may identify with Job. I’ve had things drastically changed in my life. Now, for people who have based themselves on things…when those things are removed, their viewpoint is really changed. But not Job. No. His viewpoint was based on God the whole time. So when stuff happened, HE STILL PRAISED GOD. He acknowledged God’s sovereignty, power, and praised Him. And note this very important part: “In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.”
How many of us, when bad things happen, blame it on God, or fall into old bad habits, or take it out on those around us? Is that how we are to show God’s love in our lives to others? Or is it rather by living out in our lives acknowledgment for His sovereignty? It doesn’t matter if God made it happen, let it happen, or what…Can’t you trust God to bring you through it, even if all that happens is that you die and go to heaven? “‘Though he slay me, yet will I hope in Him.'” (Job 13:15, NIV)
What our viewpoint is based on…Is it based on our circumstances or feelings or relationships? If so, when those things change (and they will), then our foundation, the basis for our whole outlook on life, will be completely different. But that’s not what God wants: He wants us to be founded on Him, and to rely on Him for everything. Including how we look at life. “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will. For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.” (Romans 12:2-3, NIV) In other words, focus on God and His precepts and principles and character. Because God never changes (Heb. 13:8), so our foundation will never change. Everything else we can base ourselves on is from the world. And this world will be shaken: “[In the times of old] His voice shook the earth, but now He has promised, ‘Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.’ The words ‘once more’ indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain.'”
Here’s my question to you (and to myself)…Are you blaming God for anything in your life? Even deeper…Have you based your viewpoint…your very self and soul on God or something else?
Will you be shaken?