THE SERVANT GENERAL
LESSONS OF JOB
TRUSTING THE GOD WHO IS JUST AND RIGHTEOUS
In today’s reading we first of all are brought back
to our theme for this year, trust in Jesus. Our theme verse
for 2009 says: “for the Lord God is my strength and
my song, and he has become my salvation.” (Is 12:2,
RSV). Today’s psalm says: “The Lord is my strength
and my song; he has become my salvation.” (Ps 118:14,
trust in Jesus because he is our Savior, and he puts strength
in our minds and limbs, and he puts a song in our hearts.
We trust in Jesus because he is the Prince of Peace, who brings
the world the peace that they desperately seek. “You
keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because
he trusts in you.” (Is 26:3, RSV). We trust in Jesus
because we can build the foundation of our lives on him and
know that he will being us to eternal happiness. “Trust
in the Lord forever! For the Lord is an eternal Rock.”
(Is 26:4, NAB). We trust in Jesus because he is just and righteous.
Isaiah speaks about the justice and righteousness of God.
In fact, in today’s reading justice and righteousness
merge and become one, becoming interchangeable in meaning.
We see this from two different Bible translations.
the gates to let in a nation that is just, one that keeps
faith.” (Is 26:2, NAB). “Open the gates, that
the righteous nation which keeps faith may enter in.”
(Is 26:2, RSV.).
We trust that God is just and righteous. This is our faith.
In turn, God desires that we too become, like Him, just and
righteous. This assures the redemption of the remnant of God’s
people. This assures our ultimate entry into heaven.
do we keep the faith that allows us to enter?
because man has become proud in his own achievements and power,
he has failed to be in awe of God and has gone his own way,
living his life according to how he desires to. Thus we need
to be humbled. The sooner we place ourselves in a right posture
of humility before an awesome God, the better it will be for
us. Because God does want to bring us back to Himself, He
“humbles those in high places, and the lofty city he
brings down” (Is 26:5a).
humility and reverential fear, we will enter into a right
relationship with God. We will bow down in worship. In turn,
we will experience the fullness of His love. “Let those
who fear the Lord say, God’s love endures forever.”
because it is often the rich and powerful that oppress the
poor and powerless, if we are to put ourselves in the proper
relationship to God, we must do justice to the poor. God loves
the poor and oppressed and defends them. Ultimately there
will be a reversal of fortunes. God cuts down the proud and
lifts up the lowly. The lofty city will be “trampled
underfoot by the needy, by the footsteps of the poor.”
because we remain hard of heart, because we fall into infidelities,
we oftentimes need to be chastised. This comes through oppression,
persecution, affliction, pains, crosses. Such are intended
by God to humble us, to discipline us, to purify us, to bring
us back to Himself. “The Lord chastised me harshly,
but did not hand me over to death.” (Ps 118:18). In
fact, the Lord’s intent is to bring us to life.
we live our lives according to God’s ways. We carry
the name of Christ, and so we need to live as true Christians.
This is a life lived in obedience to God. This is a life lived
in holiness and righteousness and justice. This is a life
that proclaims to all how good the Lord is. “I shall
.... declare the deeds of the Lord.” (Ps 118:17). This
is a life of endurance and perseverance, especially in the
face of suffering. In all these will be we truly blessed.
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”
When we live our faith in justice and righteousness, we will
be able to face the daunting challenges of life. We will experience
the hand of God on our lives.
We can always call upon Him, especially in challenging times,
and know that He will answer our prayers. “In danger
I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free.”
We have His protection and we need never be afraid. “The
Lord is with me; I am not afraid; what can mortals do against
me?” (Ps 118:6).
We can count on His help, and look to a victorious life. “The
Lord is with me as my helper; I shall look in triumph on my
foes.” (Ps 118:7). “I was hard pressed and falling,
but the Lord came to my help.” (Ps 118:13).
He is our refuge and we need not rely on our own or on others’
strength or abilities. “Better to take refuge in the
Lord than to put one’s trust in mortals.” (Ps
With such a life, we have everything that we need and should
want. The Lord Himself is our savior. He is our strength and
us always “give thanks to the Lord, who is good, whose
love endures forever.” (Ps 118:1). “Open the gates
of victory; I will enter and thank the Lord.” (Ps 118:19).
there be joy in our hearts every day of our lives. “This
is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice in it and be
glad.” (Ps 118:24). Let our mouths always proclaim “the
joyful shout of deliverance” (Ps 118:15a).
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