Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Job Wanted to be the Blessor -- Only God in Christ Can Bless -- Job 1: 11; 2: 5

"But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse [lit. Bless] thee to thy face." (Job 1: 11; 2: 5)

As established in Hebrews 7: 7, the lesser is always blessed by the greator.

To the degree that anyone thinks that he or she can, or that they have to, bless God, to that extent, therefore, do they attempt to magnify themselves at the expense of God, who alone is Creator, Source, and Spirit of all Blessings in our lives.

The battle that Satan sought to create between God and Job was not about getting Job to renounce his faith in God, but rather to see if indeed mankind would ever stop depending on his own mortal, flawed efforts to secure righteousness and blessings, and let God provide all things.

Satan was banking on the same nature which had developed in fallen Adam, that Job would hold onto his integrity, his own righteousness, yet still believing that God is a good God, but somehow, someway Job's efforts were needed and noteworthy, on an even parity with God.

For a long time, it seemed as if Satan would be proven victorious:

"Return, I pray you, let it not be iniquity; yea, return again, my righteousness is in it." (Job 6: 29)

and then

"God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me." (Job 27: 5)

and also

"Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity." (Job 31: 6)

One of the biggest problems which I have noticed in the Body of Christ, which I have seen dominate and decimate families, is the compulsive notion among parents and members of the Body which assume that we must run in and rescue other believers, that God cannot be trusted to move in the lives of our loved ones, and that when the situation is dire and damaging, we must "do something", and we "do something" out of fear ( in fact, a damnable sense of arrogance) that God is "sleeping on the job [not "Job"] and cannot be trusted.

This idea of human effort completing, or initiating, or enabling, or assisting God is contrary to scripture. In the Beginning, God (not man!) created the Heaven and the Earth. He created man on the six day, that man could enjoy all the things which God freely provided. Satan tempted Adam and Eve to eat of the Forbidden Tree, as if God was not generous enough! How outrageous and wicked is that!?

God did not wait for the Israelites to call on Him when they were oppressed by their Egyptian taskmasters. They groaned, and God on His throne remembered His Covenant and prepared the way for Moses their deliverer to come (Exodus 2: 23-25)

Yet this limitation of self-starting and self-blessing is endemic to humanity (it's called "sin"), and from the moment we are born, and before we are born again, this chronic confusion and neediness dominates us, yet at the same this in-bred ignorant arrogances prods us to look to something in ourselves, our senses, or our world to find fulfillment.

In effect, we want to be the source of blessings in our own lives, and by extension the source of blessings for our children, instead of teaching them that God Himself through His Son provides all things (Romans 8: 31-32).

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