Bible Ballistics: BBs #131 When Is The Light On?
We talked the last time out about letting “your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven….”, that’s a lofty goal for our lives each day, and as I was sitting here this morning I thought about Tom Bodette, (the Motel 6 guy) and his commercials which promised to “leave a light on for you!” What about us? Do we ‘leave the light on’ of Jesus’ love and power in our hearts and lives? Or is ours a blinking light? A caution light? Or an emergency vehicle flashing light—only turned on in emergencies?
This thought takes my mind to Job, as we think about letting our light shine consistently and continually.
Job 1:8-11, “And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? 9 Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? 10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. 11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.”
Of course we know that God allowed Satan to afflict Job on this occasion when he took all of his possessions, slew his children and left him with virtually nothing. Yet, Job said:
“….. Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. 22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.” Job 1:21-22
While Job didn’t jump for joy at the calamities that were befalling him, he did acknowledge God as the ‘sovereign Lord’ over all of his possessions. He “sinned not, nor charged God foolishly”. Job stood his ground and maintained his ‘light’ before God and before his world. But Satan comes again before the Lord and requests permission to afflict Job even more:
Job 2:4-5, “And Satan answered the Lord, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life. 5 But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.”
Satan requests that the restriction regarding Job’s ‘body’ be removed, and God allowed it. We can’t reason in our ‘finite’ minds why God would allow Job to suffer so, but suffice it to say, He did. God is always at work to accomplish His purpose in and through our lives and our testimony, which proceeds most often, and most powerfully from our circumstances. Yet what do we complain about most? Our circumstances!!!
While Satan had no confidence in Job, God had absolute confidence in His “servant, Job”!!! God knew the outcome for Job and He knows ours. Will we let our light shine before the world, our family, our neighbors, our co-workers, and our enemies??? Even when Job’s wife implored him to ‘curse God, and die’, Job maintained his relationship with and his integrity before God (And we can note here that Job’s wife and friends weren’t his greatest gifts from God):
Job 2:9-10, “Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die. 10 But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.”
So??? Here’s our shot for today. We need to check our ‘light’! Are we fully connected to our Lord? Are we maintaining the current of power through His Word and prayer? Are our time and our choices diminishing our power with God? Or are we willing to stay in HIS light and be a reflection of HIS glory to our world?
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7
We can maintain our ‘integrity’ with God by walking in the light and allowing the current of God’s power to flow through us. Have a great day shining!!! Wherever you are, NOW!!!