Monday 7/26/2021 Devotional
Then Job answered the Lord and said: "I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.”
When God finally got through to Job, it turned out that what God wanted to bring about in his life wasn’t a matter of repentance from some hidden sinful behavior, as his friends had expected. Job was right all along: he had been a good and righteous man. He wasn’t being judged and punished by God for some secret sin. His heart was continually turned away from evil. He was much more careful and consistent in doing things God’s way than anyone realized. The whole time, God was after Job’s heart.
God doesn’t just want our obedience or our fear. He doesn’t just want us to be good. He wants us to know Him. As we get to know Him we will truly trust Him. If we know Him we can’t help but love Him and worship Him. If we don’t actually know Him but have only heard about Him from other people, we may fear Him, or even trust in Him to some extent while always holding back a reserve in our heart, a back-up plan in case things don’t work out the way we want them to. As we really get to know the Lord, and to the extent that we know Him, our reservations are swept away; our doubts disípate and our hearts become fully fixed on loving, trusting and surrendering completely to His care. Lord Jesus, I want to know You. By whatever means necessary reveal Yourself to me so that I can see You as You truly are. Forgive my halfway commitment and my “trust” with reservations. Take my hand and lead me in Your way; You are my Lord. Amen. Pastor Dan Giles