I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee. ~Job 42:2
What you think and believe about God determines the kind of Christian you will become. Years ago, leadership and management expert John Maxwell spoke about the law of the lid. The lid is the ceiling that you allow in your thinking and faith. The lid is what keeps you from attaining your goal or seeing a dream come to fruition. Job was going through an intense time of suffering from God-sent trials. However, Job came out of his trials like gold that went through a refiner’s fire. Let us see how Job arrived at the place in his faith where he had no shadow of a doubt about God.
We see Job, who is encouraged.
Job went through a troubling time of criticism, railing, and accusation by men that were supposed to be his friends. Even his wife withdrew from him when he had been feeling very discouraged. God told Job to “gird up his loins now like a man.” God took special time to speak to him clearly and convincingly of His greatness in all the earth and, specifically, in Job’s life. When you hit rock bottom, do not despair. Always remember, it is at our darkest moment that God will speak to us in no uncertain words to encourage us.
We see Job, who is enlightened.
“I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.” After many days, Job had a remarkable turnaround and enlightenment. He looked up and realized that God can do anything but fail! He said, “I know that thou canst do every thing.” That is a prolific statement of faith. He realized that God knew every thought that had gone through Job’s mind. His thinking went from “God does not love me” to, “God loves me incredibly!” His thinking went from “God is not there for me” to “God is here for me!” His thinking went from “Can God?” to “God can!” The shadow of doubt that he once had was blown away by the winds of faith. Like Job, we must saturate our thoughts with the fact that God can do everything.
We see Job, who is empowered.
“And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.” Job was revived in his ministry of intercession. When he got his thinking corrected, his faith and praying took a powerful turn in the right direction. As Job started to pray for the men who were spiteful of him, God turned his captivity. Like Jacob, Job had power with God and power with men. The blessings started to come back into his life, and the Lord gave him twice as much as he had before. When Job’s faith focused on “God can do everything,” God saw that he was ready to receive God’s blessings.
We see Job, who is enlarged.
“So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses. He had also seven sons and three daughters.” Job passed the test of his trial! He demonstrated that he loved God more than all his possessions. He demonstrated that he needed God’s power in his life. So, Job was enlarged with herds, holdings, and heirs once again. He lived to 140 years of age and saw four generations of his family. The last verse in this book says, “So Job died, being old and full of days.” The material blessings were a token of something much larger. Job’s portion in this life was the Lord. When he arrived at the place where all he wanted was the Lord, his life took on a powerful turnaround.
Have no shadow of doubt as to God’s power working through you. Have faith in God!
Have a faithful God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Psalm 74-77