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FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
 

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

OUR THEME FOR 2010
(Part 14)

OUR JOURNEY WITH JOB


God is Trinity. We have seen Jesus, and know him intimately as Savior and Lord. We have experienced the Holy Spirit, working under His anointing and empowerment. We know the Father from the revelation of Jesus. But the Father, the Creator-God, remains a great mystery.

We have so much more to learn about God. But perhaps it is not so much about God Himself, but about our proper posture before Him and in relation to Him. God remained a mystery to Job. “I have dealt with great things that I do not understand; things too wonderful for me, which I cannot know.” (Job 42:3). “Seeing” God as he did now, Job was led to awe and humility. “Therefore I disown what I have said, and repent in dust and ashes.” (Job 42:6).[1]

Our proper posture is awe and humility. The two go together. God is the awesome Almighty, on whom we are totally dependent. Apart from Jesus we are nothing. Apart from the power of the Holy Spirit, we in our human flesh could never accomplish the divine work entrusted to us. We simply recognize our nothingness, and God’s awesome greatness. And of course, our awe is also because our great and wonderful God deigned to love us and die for us.

God’s revelation of Himself is that He is just and righteous. This is so very important for us.

Because God is just and righteous, we trust in Him. Our hope is ever in Him.

Because God is just and righteous, we rejoice in whatever happens in our lives, including affliction and suffering. God has a wonderful purpose.

In seeing the good suffer and the bad thrive in the world, we struggle to understand the justice and righteousness of God. But then we are confronted by the reality of what God has done for us, that is, God sent His own Son into the world to suffer and die for us. When we suffer affliction, for whatever reason, we see that God treated His Son in the same way! When we realize we too are children of God, then we are able to accept how, in His inscrutable wisdom, He deals with His sons.

In the end, we look forward to God’s victory in our lives. That is the ultimate expression of God’s justice and righteousness, as He gives us what is our due as His children -- the blessing of eternal life in His heavenly kingdom.

As CFC-FFL, we experienced 20 years of great blessings in our life and work. Then we had 5 years of ups and downs. Now, on our 29th year, we are still “down” and experiencing the purification of God.[2]

Perhaps, just like Jesus who started his public ministry when he was 30 years old,[3] we are still in that period where we are truly and intensely being prepared for even greater work that God will give us. Suffering is part of that purification. Suffering then for us will be redemptive. The cross and victory go together. There is no victory without the cross.

Then, when we are blessed by great achievements in our work, we will not succumb to pride. And when we are chastised by setbacks, we will not lose heart but rejoice.

God is about making His remnant a holy one. He is working to make us pure instruments. We need to become true servants, who will give God our all without counting the cost, or better yet, counting the cost as perfect joy.

Let us continue then with our journey with Job this year 2010. Not with trepidation but with great anticipation and excitement. God has been preparing us through the years. And so we walk on .... with great hope, joy and trust. And with the Triune God.

(January 20, 2010)

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[1] We might think we know God. That is the ultimate pride. How can we truly know the great mystery that is God? The good news is that we do not have to understand with our human mind. We do not have to rationalize God’s ways. Rather, we can simply live the mystery.
[2] See “Our theme for 2010 (Part 4) - Within the context our our life and mission.”
[3] Jesus’ great suffering was during his public ministry, not before. But his first 30 years in the family and home were his preparation for public ministry.

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