Google+ 03/07/14 We Are Building the Family of God!

Job 7:1-3

“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.

 

Job probably knows a thing or two about struggling.  Arguably, Job may have been the person who struggled the most in the Bible, next to Jesus!  What makes it worse is that Satan asked God for permission to tempt His servant Job.  God granted that permission and vowed that Job would never reject God, and that is exactly what happened.  Job sums it up by proclaiming that all of our lives are struggles.  He compares our daily walk with God as being like a hired hand waiting for the shade and our pay.  Often our nights are long and miserable as we weigh the events of the day.  We can often look at our lives as being futile.  Unfortunately, time and space does not permit me to write about, or list, the entire book of Job.  I encourage you to read it.  Job loses everything except his faith, and I do mean everything.  His material possessions are all gone and so is his family.  At no time did Job turn his back on God.  He didn't do anything to deserve this misery.  So why did it happen?  It happened because our lives in Christ are struggles.  When we resist the world and stand for God and Jesus, life is a struggle.  When we don't give in to public opinion, there are many trials.  When we serve the Lord daily, Satan will go after us.  So much of traditional Christianity lies about what being a Christian really is like.  It is hard work and there will be many miserable times.  We must remember that Christ is the only way.  We must cherish the joy of the Lord and the daily fellowship we have with our brothers and sisters in Christ.  This is why we are called to be a "Family of God!"  It is our theme song in this ministry and it is the principal by which we live for God each day.  Families are tough, but they are well worth it.  God's family is no exception.  We each need to enjoy ours!  It is through our struggles that, "We Are Building the Family of God!"