As Job’s friends continued to try to reason with him, they were reflecting their own world-view, a view that many people still have today. That view stated that if someone was wealthy, it was obviously because God was blessing them. If they were in poverty or if bad things happened to them, it was because God had withdrawn his blessings due to sin in their lives. Continue reading “Why do the wicked prosper?”
As we read through the dialogue in Job, we have the advantage of knowing what was in chapter 1. It was there that God declared that there was no one like Job: “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one like him on the earth, a pure and upright man, one who fears God and turns away from evil” (Job 1:8 NET). As we read through the dialogue between Job and his three friends, keep in mind that Job is innocent of doing anything that caused the calamities that he has had to endure. Continue reading “It’s your own fault”
Job was an exceptional man. God described him in these terms: “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one like him on the earth, a pure and upright man, one who fears God and turns away from evil” (Job 1:8 NET).
In worldly terms he was rich and successful. In the list of what he owned were 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, 500 female donkeys, plus many servants. These were what made a man wealthy in the East and in his day. Although we aren’t given an exact time that he lived, it would appear to be in the time of Patriarchs, as we shall later see. Continue reading “The Lord gives and the Lord takes away”
An amazing story emerges from the pages of the New Testament. No, I am not referring to God’s love in sending Jesus to rescue us from our sins, although this is truly amazing. Rather, I am referring to the glimpses we are permitted into another astounding and sobering story, a story involving people. Continue reading “Entrusted”
When our children were young, we would often travel from Scotland down into England to visit friends. Inevitably, after an hour or so of travelling, one of our children would ask “Are we there yet?” They were tired of travelling and wanted to be able to get out of the car and play with their friends. Continue reading “Are we there yet?”
Have you ever been told that your suffering is because there is something wrong in your life? Or that if we are faithful Christians, then we should prepare to receive many blessings from God? Continue reading “It’s not meant to be an easy life”
There seems to be a lot of concern these days of Christians trying to work out what God’s will for them is. It’s as if God has something special for each one of us to do for him, but the problem is that we have to figure it out. We read books and hear lessons about discovering God’s will for us.
This way of thinking has given me concern for a couple of reasons. First – what if I never figure out what God’s will for me is? Does this mean that I’m a failed Christian and doomed for eternity? Second – I cannot find this way of thinking anywhere in the New Testament. Continue reading “God’s will for my life”
Throughout the time Jesus was teaching and travelling with his disciples, there was one lesson – a prediction, if you will – that he kept emphasizing over and over to them. From the time they realized that he was the Messiah, Jesus explained to them what would eventually happen to him: “Then Jesus began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and experts in the law, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He spoke openly about this” (Mark 8:31 NET). Continue reading “Where were they?”
“For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother” (Mark 3:35).
If you are an American citizen, next time you’re out and about, randomly pick two other people besides yourself. Don’t point at them or anything, just visualize, please. Statistically, one of you three can trace your roots to an immigrant who passed through Ellis Island (nyharborparks.org). Over 100 million Americans trace their roots to this spot, where the “poor, tired, huddled masses” entered the “golden door.” Continue reading “But the genealogies are so boring!”
In a recent online discussion, a transgendered person claimed to have his own god that imposed upon him no obligation and only offered pleasure. He asked me if I could choose my god. I replied that we all have a choice, and the issue is to choose the true God, because we must live with the consequences of those choices.
With that, the conversation went no further. Continue reading “‘Don’t fight against the Lord God’”