Google+ 07/20/13 Gone Are the Maggots and Scabs!

Job 7:1-5


 “Is not all human life a struggle?
    Our lives are like that of a hired hand, like a worker who longs for the shade,

Like a servant waiting to be paid.
I, too, have been assigned months of futility, long and weary nights of misery.
Lying in bed, I think, ‘When will it be morning?’
    But the night drags on, and I toss till dawn.
My body is covered with maggots and scabs.
    My skin breaks open, oozing with pus.


This is the first of a two-part devotion on identifying struggle and conquering it.  Believe it or not, these two devotions are designed to encourage all of us that if Job can make it through, so can we!  In our Scripture today.  Job is laying down in misery at night and crying out to God.  Job is in the process of losing everything.  Job was not sinning or denying God.  Job was claiming God's promises,  Job was being obedient.  Obedience is key.  Remember that when Satan wanted to tempt Job, he had to check with God first.  God uses Job as an example of how to live.  Satan is convinced that the only reason Job is loyal and obedient to God is because, from Satan's perspective, Job has a perfect life.  God takes care of all of Job's needs and many of his wants.  God has protected Job's family.  Satan basically proclaims that anyone would be obedient if all this was done for them everyday.  Unfortunately, we know that is not true or there would be far more Christians in the world!  God agrees to remove His protection from Job so that Satan can tempt him.  Long story short, Job loses everything except his faith and relationship with God, and never denies God in any way.  It is okay to tell God how bad you might be feeling.  Job was experiencing a great deal of physical pain.  Job cried out to God and, in tomorrow's devotion, we will discover why.  One of the most important things to remember is that Job proclaims, with a question, that all of life for a Christian is a struggle.  As a minister, I have to fight against lying with the truth in our ministry everyday.  There are far too many pastors and churches that profess what is called the "health and wealth" gospel.  Most of this doctrine is money-driven.  It basically states that "Good things happen to Good people!"  The problem with this statement is that bad things also happen to "Good people,"   In essence, the satanic influences of the world happen to all of us.  It certainly was happening to Job.  Without God's Holy protection, Satan can have his way with us, and no amount of money or "Holy Stuff" can change this fact.  Job proves that to us as he loses all his earthly possessions.    Look at the "word picture" that Job paints for us.  While most of us have never looked down at night to find maggots and scabs on our skin, we have experienced many a sleepless night.  Job tells us why and it will be difficult for all of us to hear.  Job is waiting for morning to come and expresses the futility that he is living in his life.  Stop anticipating the morning!  It will come on its own.  Make the most of the night and do not look at it as futility.  Be obedient and run the race.  Be faithful and live each moment in prosperity for God.  The maggots will disappear.  The scabs will heal.