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FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
 

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

LESSONS OF JOB
(Part 8)

TRUST IN THE ALMIGHTY

Today's psalm provides a bridge between our themes for this year and next. It connects "Trust in Jesus" with "The Almighty! Just and Righteous is He." "Those who honor your name trust in you" (Ps 9:11a). And what is the characteristic of this God whom we trust? "It is God who governs the world with justice" (Ps 9:9a).

But where is the justice in a world where the good are afflicted and the bad prosper? Well, that is only according to our human minds and eyes, and not according to God's mind. "Now the natural person does not accept what pertains to the Spirit of God, for to him it is foolishness, and he cannot understand it, because it is judged spiritually." (1 Cor 2:14). God is The Almighty! How then can such a wide gap be bridged? This can happen with our life in Christ. "For 'who has known the mind of the Lord, so as to counsel him?' But we have the mind of Christ." (1 Cor 2:16). We must put on Christ and no longer think as the pagans do. "Do not conform yourself to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect." (Rom 12:2).

How then can our minds be renewed? We keep going back to a foundational principle. "The beginning of wisdom is fear of the Lord" (Sir 1:12a). Thus we accept in faith who God is. "The Lord rules forever" (Ps 9:8a). He is the eternal God. He is Creator and King of the universe. He exists beyond time and space. He is omnipotent and omniscient. He is the Almighty! Our proper posture is awe and reverential fear.

Then we accept in faith that the Almighty God is just and righteous. For God, right is right and wrong is wrong, no matter how it seems in the world for the moment. "You upheld my right and my cause; seated on your throne, judging justly." Ps 9:5). Evil will be punished. "You rebuked the nations, you destroyed the wicked" (Ps 9:6). But this will happen in His own time and in His own way. For our part, and all those who try to do good and be good, we are assured that God "judges the peoples with fairness" (Ps 9:9b).

But we know that the good will be afflicted, oppressed and will suffer. What about that? We have already seen the many benefits of suffering, which is purifying and redemptive. But whatever it is, we simply rest on the reality that "the Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble." (Ps 9:10). And here is our assurance as we humbly trust in Jesus: "you never forsake those who seek you, Lord." (Ps 9:11b).

What is left to say and do? As we stand in awe and humility before the Almighty God who is just and righteous, we simply declare: "I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; I will declare all your wondrous deeds. I will delight and rejoice in you; I will sing hymns to your name, Most High." (Ps 9:2-3).

God bless you.

frank

(October 09, 2009)

"For to me life is Christ, and death is gain." (Phil 1:21)

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