A poem posted at my other blog Step Ahead is inspired by the post “Preparing For Action” about the documented record of Jesus entering Jerusalem for Holy Week. It took a lot of courage for Jesus to come into Jerusalem knowing about the sufferings he would endure over the next week before the crucifixion.
Take courage in the fight as you step ahead with boldness. Use the poem as affirmation and be inspired by the song Battle is the Lord’s by Rebecca St. James ft. Brandon Lake. You can boldly step ahead with the Lord by your side because you have confidence that everything will turn out alright.
Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. –Matthew 5:11-12
Written in “Reward in Heaven” is that the rewards of this world are temporary and easily lost but our sure reward because of our Redeemer is that we become heir to God’s rich treasure of eternal blessings. The currency of God’s kingdom is grace and the flow of grace from our Lord Jesus Christ gives us something to ease the struggles of our earthly life.
Like the song Imagine by MercyMe, if we accept Christ as Savior, we inherit an eternal reward beyond what can be imagined.
We seek You every day;
In in You we believe,
Thankful for Your provision,
And grateful for all we receive.
Today, we are reading Job 30 and remembering that Job’s past included a large family and significant wealth. In his past, he rescued the poor and the fatherless, and was the father of the needy. People listened to his advice in the past but in the present, he has lost everything; his family, his wealth, and health.
Job’s friends no longer respect him like they did in the past. In fact, they detest him and even his family has turned against him so Job is discouraged. He feels like he’s being punished for his past faithfulness to God instead of being rewarded so he complains about his sufferings and that he has lost everything.
We may feel the same at times but we must not live in the past or dwell on the present but focus on our reward in heaven. The rewards of this world are temporary and easily lost but our sure gift is that our Redeemer lives. Blessings always lie in the strength to keep striving because in the end, all our troubles will subside. At the end of a life that has accepted Christ as Savior is the reward in heaven that is beyond what we could ever envision. We become heir to God’s rich treasure of eternal blessings.
This day with You Lord, we remember the past, we receive grace in the present, and look forward to the treasure of eternal blessings. The cross changed everything and someday our troubles will subside. Our soul is safe and we look forward with joy because our Redeemer lives. Amen.
Two are better than one because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! –Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
What resonated for me and what I shared in “Unified for Victory” was that apart we are weak but together we are strong. Job and his friends were not together.
Like geese going south for the winter, we can help each other along the journey and the Holy Spirit provides a means whereby each individual provides something for the cause of Christ. In return, each member receives the combined strength of the whole. Together as ONE in Christ, the application of our faith then becomes combined excellence and God’s glory is the ultimate outcome.
Take inspiration from the song Together by King & Country. Hand in hand together, the light of Divine favor and protection will brightly shine upon us and we will make it to the destination together.
Reading today in Job 29, the past is being looked at by Job. Sources of happiness for Job in the past included God’s friendship (v. 4), his children (v. 5), and respect among others (v. 7-11). In reflecting on today’s passage and about the past, I remember how relationships were back thirty or forty years ago. We didn’t have personal computers, smart phones, and social media. Being social was being in the same physical location with family and neighbors.
I’m reflecting on days when things were different. I’m thinking about coming home for a lunch mom had made. Sometimes I wish I could relive a day from the past just one more time. I’m remembering the days of the past like riding bikes and playing games like hide-and-seek. When there was a respect of parents and when young people learned from their parents rather than depending on schools.
Later in this passage, noted is that Job and his friends were not together. Job’s friends had charged him with being wicked and sinful (See 22:5-11) which is in complete contrast to Job’s statements in this passage. Job claims to have been a man of integrity in being righteous and just. In his past, he said he rescued the poor and the fatherless (v. 12). He was the father of the needy (v. 16) and people listened to his advice (v. 21).
The main thought for me in reading this passage is the need to work together along the journey. Like the geese in this photo as they form the shape of a “V” to help with the headwinds. They are unified for victory to make it to their destination.
Apart we are weak but together we are strong. Like geese going south for the winter, we help each other along the journey and the Holy Spirit provides a means whereby each individual provides something for the cause of Christ. In return, each member receives the combined strength of the whole. Together as ONE in Christ, the application of our faith then becomes combined excellence and God’s glory is the ultimate outcome.
We should consider our neighbors as a part of our team. When we lend a hand to neighbors, the light of Divine favor and protection will brightly shine upon us. This day with God, let us give all praise to God as unifier so that love of family and neighbor is again a part of our society. The light of Divine favor will make our future more free from adversity and help us prosper as a society.
Lord, we are not at our best scattered and isolated. We pray for an end to this pandemic so we can gather with others and do life together. You made us as Your people working together and moving forward step by step encouraging each other. The common thread that binds our faith together and helps against the headwinds we face is Jesus Christ In whose name we pray today … Amen.