By Michaelene Browne
“Yahweh asked him, ‘Did you pay any attention to my servant Job? There is no one like him on the earth: a sound and honest man who fears God and shuns evil’.”
In this verse taken from the first chapter of the Book of Job, we read of God, the Creator of the universe, boasting about His servant Job, to Satan.
I thought about this for a long time. I’ve been examining my own actions and wondering if I would be such a Christian that would cause God to boast about me. Does the Lord consider me a “sound and honest woman?”. Do I “fear God and shun evil?”.
I look at myself and honestly, I know that I don’t measure up. The Lord has done so much for me. Granted, I may not be wealthy like Job was. Oh no, I’ve not been wealthy by any means. However, I have been rich.
When I reflect upon all the wrong things that I’ve done in my life, and of how I could’ve been lost or dead outside of God’s grace, I know that I have been privileged and rich.
Rich solely in His love, His grace, and His mercy, which He has poured out to me over the years. He has never given up on me. He has continuously been revealing Himself to me in so many ways.
Sometimes subtly, sometimes not so subtly – when I read His Word in hymns, in various people that I’ve met, in movies, and just simply sitting in His presence.
I am His daughter. I know this and if I believe it with all my heart, I would be sound and honest. I would fear and revere Him and shun everything that is evil. I long to serve Him fully and give Him much to boast about.
Friends, I believe that this is the place that we’re all destined to be: to be someone who by our lives, God can boast about.
When we fall into the snares of the enemy and commit sin, we let down our God who longs to boast about us. We allow our enemy to snicker in the face of God.
Our God believes in us and our ability to overcome our many trials. It’s time we start believing in ourselves, too. God probably looks at us and says, “Come on! You can do this! I’m right here with you!”
And so friends, let us urge each other, that when the storms of life come our way, as they did for Job, hold on and remember that “it’s not about what we’re going through, but it’s about where we’re going to.”
Help us to realise whose we are, O Lord, so we may not be duped by the tactics of our enemy, that we may truly live our lives as overcomers, and God in Heaven will boast about us, too.