Google+ 12/02/13 Often the More We Prepare, the More We are Attacked!

Job 11:12-14

 

An empty-headed person won’t become wise any more than a wild donkey can bear a human child.

“If only you would prepare your heart and lift up your hands to him in prayer!
Get rid of your sins, and leave all iniquity behind you."

 

Today we begin a twelve-part devotion series entitled, "Be Prepared!"  The liturgical season that immediately proceeds Christmas is called "Advent."  You will not find the season of advent listed anywhere in the Bible.  The word advent, in its purest form, is a noun meaning the arrival of a special person, place, or thing.  In Christian circles, it is also celebrated as a time of preparation.  The Bible tells us to "Be Prepared" 191 times.  The next two weeks we are going to talk about many different kinds of preparation.  In our Scripture lesson today, Zophar is assuming that Job is guilty of all matter of falsehood against God.  After all, look at the circumstance that Job is in.  The outward appearance would indicate that Job had done something really wrong.  Zophar is really asking Job why he has lost his mind.  The language in our Scripture lesson is really harsh.  We should learn many lessons from Zophar.  Things are often not what they appear to be in our lives.  That is why Christ was so insistent on us not judging each other.  Many times, the circumstances we find ourselves in are because we are obedient, not rebellious.  This was certainly the case with Job and Jesus.  Granted, we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.  We have all experienced circumstances in our lives that were caused by our disobedience, whether we choose to admit it or not.  When we realize that this is the case, as the Holy Spirit convicts our heart, we should repent and make sure that our heads are not empty.  We should prepare our hearts and lift our hands up in prayer.  Don't judge others by what their life situation looks like on the outside.  Be prepared to receive God and do His will.  We will certainly fail in our conquest without the proper preparation.  Don't make Zophar's mistake.  "Often, the More We Prepare, the More We are Attacked!"