Job 35,36; 1 Corinthians 7,8
“If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment. But if they do not listen, they will perish by the sword and die without knowledge.” (Job 36:11-12)
Elihu’s words are typical in the Book of Job. If you do right, you’re prosperous — wrong, and you suffer. Or, in other words, if you suffer, you must be doing wrong and if you are prosperous, you must be doing right! Job is refuting this philosophy. He is suffering but he is convinced that it is NOT because of his sin or unrighteousness.
We, in our churches, can teach the same theology — Some will say, “If you serve God, you’ll be rewarded with prosperity.” This is an urban myth. Remember that Jesus had no money. He had no place to lay His head. He was scorned and disliked, yet the Father broke through the heavens and declared, “This is My beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased!”
None of us are bullet-proof to the ill winds of life critics. They will pick over the minutiae of our lives, looking for a savory morsel that leads to gossip. But I am finding that obedience to God is a lifestyle I must live — regardless of the results. It is who I am, not something I use to get what I want.
Lord, thank You for allowing me to be a servant—not as a means to get—but because of who I am and because of who You are!
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