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Take Up Your Cross July 21st 2015

Are you assessing situations from your perch on “opinion Avenue” in this world?

Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase. (Job 8:7 KJV)

This scripture verse features one of Job’s friend’s Bildad speaking to him with heavy concerns about his utterly desperate situation.  Bildad equated a person having righteousness with bringing an increase in wealth of a spiritual nature that can be seen and touched in this world, He looked at Job’s situation with human eyes assuming Job had lost his earthly possessions due to an influx of sin into his life rather than due to the will of God in His life bringing honor and glory to Himself.

This is an opinion avenue Job’s friend traveled down of which many others commonly falter along too.  Looking at outward circumstances using it to determine or gauge both their own spiritualness and spiritual girth of others with God.  God does not measure or reward spiritual success through any quantifying device or degree found in this world.  God does certainly promise there will be rewards in the eternal realm for those who live in faith according to God’s spiritual plumb line bearing a fruitful harvest living in obedience to His will.  God always keeps His promises!

Bildad’s speech was fuzzy and ambiguous.  Did he relate it to the actual beginning of a new spiritual relationship when Job placed faith in God or was he broadening back to the actual beginning of the world as God brought the earth into being?  The ending mentioned was also not clear as well and could be equated with the end of physical life, the end of life on this earth, or the moment one ends up in the eternal realm in the presence of God for all eternity.

Bildad’s opinionated religious advice to Job veered off the spiritual course of  truth along the narrow pathway of God not helpful in any way to bring about relief to his suffering; and perhaps most hurtful as his advice was given out of pious self-righteous rather than being funneled through the unconditional love of God striving to see the best in people in the situation at hand through God’s eyes.

takeupyourcrossredocmclearA person’s relationship with God shall align to Him in spiritual fruit and Christlikeness despite whatever the circumstances are in this world.  Job persistently showed Christlikeness in his walk amid challenging and desperate times on this earth leading to a spiritually fruitful eternity in the presence of God.

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