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I will bless the Lord!

Posted by appolus on October 7, 2015

And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them: And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house: And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, 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. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly. (Job 1:14-22)

Horatio Spafford lost most of his business in the great Chicago fire of 1871. Just two years later a great economic depression hit all but ruining Spafford. He decided to move to Europe but at the last-minute had to take care of business so he sent his wife and children ahead and planned to join them later. In the middle of the voyage the boat sunk and all four of his children were drowned. Later, as he sailed to join his wife who survived, he passed the very spot where the ship went down and he retired to his cabin and wrote the now famous hymn ” It is well with my soul.”

I want you to imagine the grief of Job. He has lost everything that he had and then he learns that all ten of his children have been killed in a Tornado. The first thing that he does is fall down and worship God. He cries out ” Blessed be the name of the Lord.” Are you not astonished brothers and sisters? Does that not run counter to much of what permeates Christendom today? God is worthy to be praised regardless of our circumstances. In doing this, Job directly refutes the accuser of our souls. He establishes the truth of God before the throne of God. Now Job’s sufferings were not over and of his anguish one can only imagine. Perhaps some of his sorest pains comes when he is accused by his friends and then abandoned by them. Horatio Spafford went on to have three more children and even then, one of his children died at the age of four with scarlet fever. The Presbyterian Church considered Spafford’s tragic circumstances as divine punishment. Men have not changed much since Job’s time. The Spafford’s left the Presbyterian Church and formed a group called ” The Overcomers.”

I want you to see brothers and sisters just what a great deception has taken hold of Christendom. I also want you to see that this is nothing new, in fact it is ancient. It goes directly back to the beginning of man and the accusation of Satan. Satan was determined to diminish God’s relationship with His creatures by smearing it. His accusation is that the love of man for God comes only through favorable circumstances. Does this very same thought not run through all of the Word of Faith movement? Does it not run through the prosperity Gospel? And not only these movements but much of Christendom. Much of what passes for Christianity is simply the avoidance of hell and the desire that by doing the right thing then God will bless us. And by ” bless,” we so often mean favorable circumstances and material things. Yet the majesty and the glory of God is to be found not in the sum of our circumstances, but is to be found in the depths of our relationship with Him. To our spouses we make vows to love them in sickness or in health, for richer or for poorer for better or for worse. This was, for so long, the foundation of a loving relationship.

We must grasp this truth that God is worthy to be praised despite our circumstances or what men may think of us. The days of deception are upon us. There will be no glory nor benefit from serving the living God and standing upon His truth. We must stand ” by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report;as deceivers and yet true; as unknown yet well known; as dying and behold we live; as chastened, and yet not killed; as sorrowful yet always rejoicing; as poor yet making many rich; as having nothing yet possessing all thing.” ( 2 Cor 6:7-10)

You see brothers and sisters we stand by the power and for the love of God. We are armed by His righteousness. In heaven we are honored but on earth dishonored. In heaven a good report but on earth an evil report. In heaven we are true yet on earth cast as deceivers. In heaven we are known yet on earth we are unknown. On earth we are dying yet in heaven we have already passed into the Kingdom of God and we have life and that more abundantly. On earth we are chastened yet we do not die but live life all the more closely to God. In may seem to the world as though we should be overcome by sorrow yet deep in our hearts no matter what the circumstances we shall fall down and worship the Living God and cry out ” Bless the Lord.” In all theses things, though it may appear that we are wretched and poor, we by our praising of God make many rich. The world may consider us to have nothing and to have lost all, yet in truth we have come to possess and be possessed by the living God and this is treasure beyond all measure. No matter what circumstances you face today and tomorrow, consider this saints, God is worthy to be praised and glorified and out love for Him is unconditional because His love for us is unconditional. We can love Him in such a manner because He first loved us in such a manner.

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