Job 1:21, …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.”
Hebrews 11:6, And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.
Job 7:11, “Therefore I will not keep silent; I will speak out in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.”
James 1:22, Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
When we have children, we respond to their emotions; when they cry we feed them, and when they are scared we reassure them. We want them to mature and learn to control their emotions and reduce their dependency on us as they grow up. It’s the same way with our faith. As we grow in our faith, God wants us to sense His presence and learn to trust Him and live a life that honors Him. The Bible says in Hebrews 11:6, “…without faith it is impossible to please God…”
The Bible says our faith, not our feelings, is what pleases God. Those situations that stretch our faith the most are those times when our lives seem to fall apart, and God is nowhere to be found. This happened to Job in the Bible. On a single day, he lost everything: his family, his business, his health, and his possessions. Job responded by saying in Job 7:11, “… The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” As you make your journey, remember those words, faith, not feelings, pleases God!
Take care and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D
What did you hear?– What did God say to you as you read today’s Scripture and devotion?
What do you think?– How does it apply to your life?
What will you do?– Don’t just be a hearer of the Word. Be a doer of the Word. (James 1:22)
Now talk to God– This is where you turn your thoughts into prayer. It could be a prayer of gratitude of praise. It could be a prayer of confession or a request for God’s help. It’s up to you. Take a minute to write a prayer or response to what God said to you.