2 Corinthians 5:21, Colossians 3:9-10, Confidence IN God, Confidence IN Jesus, Ephesians 4:22-24, Hebrews 4:12-13, Hebrews 4:14-16, Isaiah 64:6, Job, Job 1:20-22, Naked or Clothed?, Romans 13:14, Trials, What Are you wearing?, Where's Your Confidence?
Bible Ballistics: BBs #679 Naked Or Clothed???
I was listening to a preacher on the radio yesterday and his message about Job was very timely for me, and I wanted to share a few of my own thoughts with you this morning about Job—one of my favorite books. (But I must tell you that if you’ve never read it, it will be a hard read the first time through, but then as you read it again and again the beauty of Job’s confidence in God is so encouraging, not even counting God’s confidence in Job, oh that God may have confidence in me!)!
“Then Job arose,
and rent his mantle,
and shaved his head,
and fell down upon the ground,
21 And 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 1:20-22
Job encountered what many consider the most extreme trials and testing of anyone recorded in scripture, and I would tend to agree. But one thing that we must consider is that God knew Job, and HE knows us, and the trials that He sends, allows and orchestrates in our lives are for our good and HIS glory. We also learn that we can “be like Job” in trusting to God’s care, knowing that God’s sovereign control is not only an absolute certainty, but HE is always worthy of our worship and devotion, no matter the test. I have found great comfort and confidence in my own trials, and I pray that you will grow in grace, peace and confidence in God’s perfect work in your life.
We also need to remember that the measuring stick is God’s Word, not our feelings or popular opinion (which changes about ever 5 minutes!)! God will not judge you by your standard or any other human’s standard, but by His Word. That is one of the reasons that it is important for us to know The Word, and to live according to its dictates rather than man’s!
“For the word of God
and sharper than any twoedged sword,
piercing even to the dividing asunder
of soul and spirit,
and of the joints and marrow,
and is a discerner
of the thoughts
of the heart.
13 Neither is there any creature
that is not manifest in his sight:
but all things are naked and opened
unto the eyes of him
with whom we have to do.” Hebrews 4:12-13
When our confidence and focus is on our God, we can proclaim with the author of Hebrews, that we know where to go in any and every trial. And I have to tell you, I have found HIM ever faithful, not only this past eight months, but always! You can trust HIM—run to HIM—and depend upon HIS faithful care—always!
“Seeing then that we have a great high priest,
that is passed into the heavens,
Jesus the Son of God,
let us hold fast our profession.
15 For we have not an high priest
which cannot be touched
with the feeling of our infirmities;
but was in all points
tempted like as we are,
yet without sin.
16 Let us therefore come boldly
unto the throne of grace,
that we may obtain mercy,
and find grace to help
in time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16
So, will you stand naked and bare before God, or clothed in the garments of Jesus’ righteousness that HE imparts to every believer! May we each choose to stand fast in HIS provision—not naked but clothed in HIM!
“But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ,
and make not provision for the flesh,
to fulfil the lusts thereof.” Romans 13:14
“Lie not one to another,
seeing that ye have put off the old man
with his deeds;
10 And have put on the new man,
which is renewed in knowledge
after the image of him
that created him:” Colossians 3:9-10
“That ye put off
concerning the former conversation
the old man,
which is corrupt
according to the deceitful lusts;
23 And be renewed
in the spirit of your mind;
24 And that ye put on
the new man,
which after God is
created in righteousness
and true holiness.” Ephesians 4:22-24
I pray that these will help us all to adjust our focus, put on the righteousness that Jesus has given to us, and walk as faithful witnesses before a lost and dying world, by HIS power not our own—and to truly worship in “spirit and in truth”! Are you naked? Or are you clothed in His righteousness? The choice is yours, but choose wisely, there is a test!
“For he hath made him (Jesus)
to be sin for us, (you and I)
who knew no sin; (Jesus)
that we might be made (you and I)
the righteousness of God
in him. (Jesus)” 2 Corinthians 5:21
Whose righteousness are you wearing?
“But we are all as an unclean thing,
and all our righteousnesses
are as filthy rags;
and we all do fade
as a leaf;
and our iniquities,
like the wind,
have taken us away.” Isaiah 64:6
Amen and Amen!