Job 1:20-22 "Praise the Name of the Lord." on this week's Word of Grace Devotion wit Pastor Joe Marquez.
The Word of Grace Devotion for the Week of August 21, 2017
Praise The Name of The Lord!
Job 1:20-22, “Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground to worship. 21He said, “I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord!” 22In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God.”
Beloved, are we to praise God only for the good and not for the bad, only for the easy and not for the difficulties of life? Of course not! We are to praise the Lord in all things and in all circumstances. The Book of Job and Job himself provide us with a clear understanding that bad things do happen to Godly people and that our response should be one of praise and blessing to the Lord.
This of course is not an easy task. It is one of the most difficult things that the Lord asks us to do, however, whenever God asks us to do some thing difficult, He always provides us with the resources to do it!
So happened to Job? Job was a godly man who was tested by the Lord. The Lord allowed Satan to rob Job of many his possessions, including his flocks and his children; and this left Job grieving (Job stood up and tore his robe in grief), and understandably so.
So how did Job deal with his loss? (1) He understood that everything that he possessed, from property to persons, it all had been given to him by the Lord, (The Lord gave me what I had). Then, because the Lord had given him everything, the Lord had the right to retrieve His possessions, (and the Lord has taken it away). In other words, everything that Job possessed actually belonged to the Lord. Job was merely a steward, an overseer of God’s possessions. Beloved, when we come to an understanding of this truth, it will change our lives.
(2) Job understood that he was to praise and bless the Lord when the Lord gives and when the Lord takes away. This is another difficult lesson to learn but one essential to our spiritual growth. The result was glorious, (In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God).
Therefore, we are to enjoy God’s blessings understanding that anything or anyone on this earth is temporal. One day we may lose a possession or even a person to the grave but in everything we are to praise the Lord!
I pray that you will have a blessed week! I love you and I will be praying for you!
The Word of Grace Devotion for the week of August 15 2017
God Tests Us
2 Chronicles 32:31- “And so in the matter of the envoys of the princes of Babylon, who had been sent to him to inquire about the sign that had been done in the land, God left him to himself, in order to test him and to know all that was in his heart.”
Beloved, as we read about King Hezekiah, we began to understand that we are not the first person who has ever felt alone in the world. And this was after Hezekiah had a great encounter with the miracle-making God. It went like this.
One day Hezekiah wakes up from a nap and isn’t feeling well. His buddy Isaiah, a local prophet, tells him to get his affairs in order for he was going to die. King Hezekiah cries out to God and God sends Isaiah back to the King with good news: he is going to live!
When you read the story in 2 Kings 20, you see God promised He would heal Hezekiah of a life-threatening disease and proved it by making the shadow go back ten steps on the stairway. This is very cool stuff.
Word of this miraculous series of events draws international attention and foreign ambassadors come to pay their respects and see how the king’s doing. Now God, knowing Hezekiah had a tendency to become proud (2 Chronicles 32:25), decided to test the king. He withdraws His presence to see if he’s going to tell the ambassadors about God’s goodness and loving-kindness, or if Hezekiah is going to show them all his accomplishments as a king. Unfortunately, Hezekiah failed the test by showing his visitors everything in his storehouses (2 Kings 20:13).
Beloved, the reason that God tests us is not so that He would know our hearts because He already knows our heart. No, the reason he tests us is so that we would know our heart; hence the Lord will leave us to ourselves to reveal our heart. Why? Because pride hides a sick heart and Jesus being the Great Physician desires to cure our sick heart. Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?”
Beloved, King Hezekiah failed the test. My prayer is that when God reveals our prideful sick heart to ourselves that we will pass the test.
I pray that you will have a blessed week. I love you and I will be praying for you.
In His Grace,
Psalm 24:1-2 "Everything is His." on this week's Word of Grace Devotion with Senior Pastor Joe Marquez.
The Word of Grace Devotion for the Week of July 31, 2017
Everything Is His!
Psalm 24:1-2, “The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, 2for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.”
Beloved, in Psalm 24, King David makes a bold declaration claiming that everything belongs to God, “The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein.” It’s difficult to think of a more sweeping statement of God’s ownership.
When it says, “and the fullness thereof,” it means its harvests, its wealth, its life, and its worship; in all these areas God is Owner of all. Spurgeon said, “The earth is full of God; he made it full and he keeps it full.
In addition, God’s ownership of the earth extends to the people who live upon it, “and those who dwell therein.” In essence, God has a claim upon every person who has ever lived.
So what does this mean to us?
(1) It means that not a man on this planet truly owns a piece of property. The Lord is the owner of the earth. Psalm 24:1 clearly states: The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof.”
(2) It means everything that we possess, including ourselves, belongs to God. We cannot claim ownership over ourselves or another person.
(3) The result is that when we begin to live the truth that everything that we posses belongs to the Lord we will be freed from fear, greed, and selfishness. We will be free because the Creator of the world has set us free! Why, because God owns everything and hence God controls everything.
Got Questions put it this way: “Subject to none, influenced by none, absolutely independent, God does what He pleases, only as He pleases, always as He pleases. God is in complete control of every molecule in the universe at every moment, and everything that happens is either caused or allowed by Him for His own perfect purposes.”
Beloved, I pray that you will live in such a manner that your possessions on earth are His possessions and your life is His life! To God be the glory!
May you will have a blessed week! I love you and I will be praying for you!