We can’t go further in our pursuit to please God if there is something wrong in us spiritually. That is why we should have a reality check. In this final part of our lesson we will see the last two questions that are penetrating. It will bring forth who we are in the light of the Bible and lead us to repentance to God. We need to be broken and humbled to be of much use in God’s kingdom. Let’s go back to the Book of Job to see the final two.
2. “what then shall I do when God rises up? When he makes inquiry, what shall I answer him?” – Job 31:14
“What if God ask you and what shall you say to him?” is a question about the weight of God’s demand to response to His inquiry. Or will we be able to answer Him. What if God ask you on why did you made those decisions that are not God glorifying? What if God demand you to answer those behaviors that are not Christ like? What will you say? Knowing this are we not to be more careful of what we say and do?
3. “Does not he see my ways and number all my steps?” – Job 31: 4
We as believers should not walk in the “counsel of the wicked” (Psalms 1:1) and consider the Bible as the lamp to guide our steps (Psalms 119:1) because as this verse in the Book of Job indicates that He can see our ways and the steps we take. It is therefore a call to be authentic and leave the sinful and superficial things we do in the name of Christ. We can easily play with the thought that God is omniscient and omnipresent in other things but not on us. Here God’s attributes must make us think and floored us with its truth. We must walk in humble obedience to Him because He knows everything about us. Let us focus on how to be true and let this question shake us and do the right thing. May our merciful God guide us as we desire to please Him in every ways.
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Self-examination is uncomfortable. In our sinful nature we don’t want to see ourselves for who we are. We often want to dwell in this illusion that we are fine and nothing is wrong in our spiritual life. Truth really hurts. But examining ourselves is a necessity if we want to check who we really are and where we are going.
Let us now go to the Book of Job to see these questions. The Book of Job is not just about the patience, sufferings and faith of Job. Rather the main story is about God and His sovereignty. The crisis Satan brought to Job crush everything in him yet he remains steadfast for God. In the midst of his conversations with his friends, you can see that it’s theological in nature. Some do have the right understanding on God and some misrepresents Him. But there are penetrating questions we should consider that are scattered in the Book of Job. We collected three of them. Here’s the first one and next week we will see the rest.
- “Will it be well with you when he searches you out? Or can you deceive him, as one deceives a man?”—Job 13:9
This question shows the weight of how God searches us. I ask if it’s well or bearable for us if God checks us out. Our unfaithfulness, our secret sins and our deception might come in mind and we don’t want it to be found out by God. But the reality is He already knows it! We can’t deny what we already have done. This will drive us to be humble and come to Him with a sorrowful heart. Will we start cleaning our mess knowing how heavy this question is? I hope and pray we will.
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I use hand outs for my Bible studies and I think it’s very useful for the listeners to assist them in learning what God’s Word wants to teach them. So here are 5 parts that I think every good hand outs should include:
- The outline of the lesson – again this should be just an outline not a transcript of your thank. In a way it will help the listeners to catch up and in your part you can see what you need to teach even if you got side tracked.
- Blank spaces – leave blank spaces which they will answer. This will not only enhance the learning process but it will get the up on their feet without falling asleep.
- Challenging questions – questions provoke the minds to think beyond what they learn. Ask questions that will also give them an appetite to come back and learn more.
- Personal information – this will make them easily get in touch with you if they want to ask more information about what you have given to them.
- The upcoming lesson – a teaser to look forward to. Give them the title or some bits of it so they will come back.
Thanks for reading. Which one of the five do you like?