Job said, "I was born with nothing, and I will die with nothing. The LORD gave, and now he has taken away. May his name be praised!" In spite of everything that had happened, Job did not sin by blaming God.(Job 1:21-22)
Imagine waking up one morning and everything is gone. Your house is gone, your family, your income, your physical health and strength, your possessions, your money...and especially your church. Your friends have deserted you, your church has vanished, you don't even have a Bible. Everything is gone...everything!
"That would never happen," you retort. "God would never allow that to happen to me. He knows how hard I have worked and how important "my world" is to me."
Yet, this happens to Christians around the world everyday. Why do you consider yourself immune?
Job lost everything...literally. He lost "his world" because he had become complacent about the affairs of God, and instead had focused his entire life on his earthly duties and his developed religion. He had become proud and self-righteous. Oh he held on for awhile until he cursed God.
"After all this, Job finally opened his mouth and cursed the day he was born. Job said, "Scratch out the day I was born and the night that said, 'A boy has been conceived!' "That day- let it be pitch-black. Let God above not even care about it. Let no light shine on it. Let the darkness and long shadows claim it as their own. Let a dark cloud hang over it. Let the gloom terrify it." (Job 3:1-5)
How long would you hold out before you cursed God...a week...a month...a few months...never? Imagine waking up one morning and everything is gone.
This happened to the Apostle Peter when Jesus was arrested and his "church" was scattered. First Peter says, "Lord, I'm ready to go to prison with you and to die with you." Then Jesus answers him and says, "Peter, I can guarantee that the rooster won't crow tonight until you say three times that you don't know me." (Luke 22:33-34)
Then Jesus said to the chief priests, temple guards, and leaders who had come for him, "Have you come out with swords and clubs as if I were a criminal? I was with you in the temple courtyard every day and you didn't try to arrest me. But this is your time, when darkness rules." So they arrested Jesus and led him away to the chief priest's house. Peter followed at a distance. (Luke 22:52-54)
Peter's "church", the religious status that he enjoyed while being with Jesus in the flesh, besides the fellowship he had with the disciples, was now shattered...and scattered to the winds. Peter felt abandoned and frightened. Yet he held on for a little while until he denied the Lord after the rooster crowed three times.
So I ask you again for the third and last time: Imagine waking up one morning and EVERYTHING is gone. Would your religiosity sustain you...on your own? Would your own self-righteousness keep you going? Remember, you have nothing. Just your sleeping clothes or the lack there of. Would you be able to proclaim like Job when he said, "I was born with nothing, and I will die with nothing. The LORD gave, and now he has taken away. May his name be praised!"
Jesus is not religion or a ritualistic formula of duties and church practices. Jesus is relationship. Do you really have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? Do you KNOW HIM! Does He know you?
"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord!' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the person who does what my Father in heaven wants. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, didn't we prophesy in your name? Didn't we force out demons and do many miracles by the power and authority of your name?' (Matthew 7:21-22)
If not, make it happen.
Steve J. Cohen
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I found the incredible mercy and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ over thirty-years-ago in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. A sole 1st generation survivor of the Holocaust, I came from an illegitimate conception here in the United States. I was brutally beaten by my biological father at the age of two weeks which resulted in a full body cast. I was then placed for adaption. My adopted parents annulled the adaption less then a year later, yet I remained with them (Due to the fact they were too afraid of what the neighbors might think if they saw me gone!). They became nothing more then my guardians, but never told me this truth. I was severely abused and traumatized unceasingly throughout my childhood. It was horrible. But Jesus was with me the entire time. In February, 1979, I came to our precious Lord Jesus. I have grown much during those thirty-plus-years with Him, but the scars still remain--the scars of being chosen to suffer with Him and for Him; Glory to God in the Highest. Now I live alone, a devoted Hebrew-Christian, and suffer physically--and yes, emotionally--from that abuse. I am disabled and no longer able to work. I survive on a small Social Security Disability and Veterans Retirement income. I praise our Lord Jesus with all of my heart and soul. I want to share with all those that are hurting, believer and unbeliever alike, the comfort and grace our Lord Jesus Christ has shared and bestowed on me, and continues to bestow on me. May Jesus' love and grace be spread throughout the whole world. Praise His glorious Name. You can find me on the web at http://kbp.christiangamerslounge.com