MY REDEEMER LIVETH, I KNOW – Tue, Oct 30, 2018

Job 19:25-27 KJV

For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:

[26] And though after my skin worms destroy this body , yet in my flesh shall I see God:

[27] Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

The posture of man in desperate and frustrating times is usually that of despair and helplessness.

Sometimes I wish I could go back into time, like that SuperBook animation series, and have an encounter with some of the bible’s characters. I’d have loved to know indeed how long Job suffered. Was all this in a year, two years, five years or ten years?

It’s amazing to know how some people are able to find strength even in very desperate and frustrating situations. How is Job still able to say “I know my Redeemer liveth” even at a time like this? Did it not matter to him how long he had suffered?

Though hard, we need to assume the posture of Job in the face of prolonged or exacerbated pain and anguish. We could still make God proud by saying, “I know my Redeemed liveth.” May His Word be true in your life today, Amen.

Have a blessed.
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HOPE OF A TREE – Thu, Oct 25, 2018

Job 14:7-9 KJV

For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.

[8] Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground;

[9] Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.

Reading through conversations are not always easy, especially when they are not told as stories but presented as snippets of philosophical language.

One of Job’s deep statements that has made such an impact in my life, especially these past two years has been Job 14:7-9; “for there is a hope of a tree…”

When I read about hope, most writers present it as though it was even a more significant virtue than faith itself. “For where faith fails, hope thrives.”
If a tree that is hewn down is still hopeful of life, at the scent of water, then we are not wasted yet.

Life is ruthless sometimes, battering us on all sides, with no mercy whatsoever. But we can dare to hope… the kind that a dying tree would have, induced by the Spirit of God in us.
Let’s keep hope alive no matter the condition.

Have a blessed day.
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GOD VS THE JURY – Wed, Oct 24, 2018

Job 13:20-22 KJV

Only do not two things unto me: then will I not hide myself from thee.

[21] Withdraw thine hand far from me: and let not thy dread make me afraid.

[22] Then call thou, and I will answer: or let me speak, and answer thou me.

About 15years ago a friend lost his sister, Mansa, under very strange circumstances. Her illness was never diagnosed. She suffered a great deal before finally passing away. Yet before her death, Mansa was relentless in her service to God and her church.

When I went to visit my friend to console him a bit, he passed a comment that resonates with what Job too wanted. My friend wanted a hearing from God. He desired a minute with God to seek answers to a few questions, because to him, things didn’t add up.

In our darkest moments it is very easy to desire a hearing, at least, from God. You may have reached those moments at some point in your life, when you honestly thought it didn’t make sense at all. Challenging and unbelievable as it may have been, I suggest to you that God never checked out.

Chances are that you may not get a hearing with Him, neither would He reveal the reasons on a screen for you to view and understand vividly. But you can be certain that when all is said and done, you’d appreciate that it was all for your own good.

Have a blessed day.
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OF SINS & SUFFERINGS – Fri, Oct 19, 2018

Job 8:3,6 KJV

Doth God pervert judgment? or doth the Almighty pervert justice?

[6] If thou wert pure and upright; surely now he would awake for thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous.

I’ve always held the view that though all that is written is scripture is a true record of what happened, some statements made by some of its characters may not be “true,” and this is why a lot of care must be given to its interpretation. Before you jump at me for making this statement, let’s take a moment to analyse a few comments in Job 8.

First of all we need to understand that All scripture is the inspired Word of God, yet it still includes comments made by certain personalities who are not God. The discourse between Job and his three friends for instance, pens down a lot of statements that are not God-verified.

We hear from Bildad as he tries to reason with Job that he definitely has committed some grave sins to merit all that is coming to him. In three different verses he suggested that suffering is a result of the sins we commit, because “innocent men don’t suffer.” This theory is definitely flawed because we all know how Job ended up in this situation.

Even though a person’s sins can cause him to suffer, this cannot be applied in all cases! It is not for you and I to reason out the cause of someone’s sufferings, that knowledge is a reserve of God alone. Let’s be careful with those suffering, lest we wound them some more.

Have a blessed day.
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SUFFERING UNLIMITED – Thu, Oct 18, 2018

Job 7:13-15 KJV

When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaint;

[14] Then thou scarest me with dreams, and terrifiest me through visions:

[15] So that my soul chooseth strangling, and death rather than my life.

For most of us, suffering comes in just one or two dimensions. If I look at the number of issues people have spoken to me about just this month alone, financial problems form the chunk.

A couple more have had to do with marital issues with illhealth being the least.
Job’s sufferings seem to have been a culmination of all of the above and more.

While the man slept, he was tortured with scary dreams and terrifying visions, so that he couldn’t even take consolation in his sleep. It was like playing soccer without half time. Torture in continuum, by day and by night. Absolutely unbrearable!!

I pray for extra grace to go through my limited challenges/troubles. I reckon that my challenges may be nowhere near what better men have suffered. Thank you for the gift of peaceful sleep. This should be our prayer today.

Have a blessed day.
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UNDERSTAND THEIR PAIN – Wed, Oct 17, 2018

Job 6:8-9 KJV

Oh that I might have my request; and that God would grant me the thing that I long for!

[9] Even that it would please God to destroy me; that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!

Some friends passed through my office last night to get some work done. They informed me about the demise of one of our friend’s dad while we worked and how he contemplated suicide many times before his eventual natural death.

I was a bit surprised to hear that the always-happy carefree man that he was, ever considered a thing like suicide. Apparently, a lot had changed since I last saw him. It had been more than 10yrs and life had dished out a full measure of grief to him.

Probably Job felt a hundred times more of this anguish and pain. He wanted God to just “finish” him off quickly enough so he doesn’t even lose his faith at some point. This was his earnest desire, to die. It was that bad! (v9).
He expected empathy from his friends at that point.

At a certain point in your friend’s affliction, the least you can offer should be your empathy. It is no time to get even (see v14) and remind them of karma. As much you can, feel what they go through and petition God on their behalf.

Have a blessed day.
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Saints on Earth – Tue, Oct 16, 2018

Job 5:1 KJV

Call now, if there be any that will answer thee; and to which of the saints wilt thou turn?

When I checked the definition of a saint this morning I found something interesting. Wikipedia defined a saint as a person who is recognized as having an exceptional degree of holiness or likeness or closeness to God. Depending on the context, the term also retains its original Christian meaning, as any believer who is “in Christ” and in whom Christ dwells, whether in Heaven or on Earth.

I know this is a very sensitive area even among Christians, but this morning I’d like to focus on the latter definition, the original Christian meaning, which may indeed qualify you and I to make intercessions on behalf of our friends.

Job’s friend, Eliphaz, knew the power of intercession. He knew that situations could be changed if we implore others to get behind us in prayer, especially God’s elect, those of the household of faith.

You and I are also saints… saints on earth, whose intercessions matter a lot. Many intentions we make to God are 90% of the time about ourselves. Make a list of others, so you don’t forget them. Your role as a saint is no cheap one.

Have a blessed day.
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