For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
I read this verse and wrote it down. I know it meant something to me but I wasn’t quite clear on how to explain it.
I struggled with the second half, “and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”
The reason for my confused feelings towards this second half was “with the mouth” or talk.
Talk is cheap. Continue reading
Why, Lord, do you stand far off?
Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
I read this verse and it reminded me of the book that precedes Psalm. I have written a number of posts about this book and that is the Book of Job.
In this Psalm, David has the same complaints as Job. David is wondering where the Lord is in his times of trouble. David is asking some of the same questions that Job had asked centuries before. And David is asking the same questions we all ask when something terrible happens in our lives. We ask, “How God could let this happen?”
David wonders how the wicked can say there is no God and yet continue to prosper in their ways. Continue reading
“Why are not times of judgment kept by the Almighty,
and why do those who know him never see his days?
Job is responding to the accusations of his friends. They are telling him that he has committed some sort of sin to incur the wrath of God. They believe the tragedies that Job has suffered were not just a random act.
Job who is a righteous man has lost his wealth and his family. His friends have come to console him but they end up chastising Job for not admitting to the sin they are sure he has committed. Continue reading
2 Thessalonians 3:6-12
Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you. It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate. For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.
In this letter to the Thessalonians Paul is addressing something that Solomon had said thousands of years before.
In all the things that man can do and occupy his mind, in all things man can chase, all that really is important is your toil, being happy in your toil, your work. For as Solomon said, all else is vanity and striving after wind.
But Paul is also addressing two other aspects of an idle life. Continue reading
“Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty?
He who argues with God, let him answer it.”
Job and his friends are trying to find the answer to why Job, a very righteous man, has suffered horrific losses. He lost all his wealth and possessions, his family has been killed, except his wife, and his body is covered in boils and sores.
Jobs friends are convinced it must be retribution from God for a great sin or sins. Job is steadfast in his declaration of innocence and righteousness, and he is correct. Job is convinced it is some horrible trick being played on him by God. Throughout the Book of Job the men are professing to know why God has done this to Job.
Job’s friends proclaiming their knowledge of God demonstrates the arrogance of man. Continue reading
And the Lord said, because these people draw near with their mouth
And honor me with their lips
While their hearts are far from me
And their fear of me is a commandment taught by men
When I read these lines I wrote down the book, chapter and verse. At the time I wasn’t quite sure why I wanted to remember this verse I just knew I did.
The more I read it I came to the conclusion that I wanted to remember this one because it prophesizes my disillusion with the organizations that call themselves a church.
This verse is Isaiah telling the people of God’s disdain, for they are just going through the motions. They have God on their lips but not in their hearts. Continue reading
But he knows the way that I take;
when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold.
My foot has held fast to his steps;
I have kept his way and have not turned aside.
I have not departed from the commandment of his lips;
I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my portion of food.
Most of you are familiar with the Book of Job, or at least you have heard the saying, “He has the patience of Job.” If you’re not familiar with the story take some time to read the Book of Job in the Old Testament. In the meantime here is a quick overview.
Job is a righteous, God loving and seeking man. He has been very successful in his life both materially and spiritually. Job had wealth and a loving family.
Satan is allowed by God to take all of this away from Job, because Satan had argued with God that is was easy for Job to be such a righteous man and walk in the ways of the Lord. Job had all the comforts in life and faith comes easy when it’s not being challenged. Satan bet God that if you take all that away from Job he will curse God and lose his faith. God agrees to Satan’s challenge and tells Satan to do whatever he wants but do Job no harm. Continue reading