Monday, December 30, 2013

God Repays Man According To His Or Her Works

Let us envision having all of the creature comforts of life. Thinking too that we are doing the right thing according to God and his instruction. We are happy. We have no enemies that we cannot handle. If God is with us who can be against us? All of a sudden the world as you know it comes to a crashing halt. You lose everything, including your family. Your friends. Your business. Your health. What is there to do, but blame God right? After all he would not do this to you, if you were faithful correct? This scenario plays out in the bible in the chapters of Job. At one point as he is laying on his bed riddled with pain, his friends come in to egg him on as to denouncing God. 

Job 34:5-23
5 "Job says, 'I am innocent, but God denies me justice. 6 Although I am right, I am considered a liar; although I am guiltless, his arrow inflicts an incurable wound.' 7 What man is like Job, who drinks scorn like water? 8 He keeps company with evildoers; he associates with wicked men. 9 For he says, 'It profits a man nothing when he tries to please God.' 10 "So listen to me, you men of understanding. Far be it from God to do evil, from the Almighty to do wrong. 11 He repays a man for what he has done; he brings upon him what his conduct deserves. 12 It is unthinkable that God would do wrong, that the Almighty would pervert justice. 13 Who appointed him over the earth? Who put him in charge of the whole world? 14 If it were his intention and he withdrew his spirit and breath, 15 all mankind would perish together and man would return to the dust. 16 "If you have understanding, hear this; listen to what I say. 17 Can he who hates justice govern? Will you condemn the just and mighty One? 18 Is he not the One who says to kings, 'You are worthless,' and to nobles, 'You are wicked,' 19 who shows no partiality to princes and does not favor the rich over the poor, for they are all the work of his hands? 20 They die in an instant, in the middle of the night; the people are shaken and they pass away; the mighty are removed without human hand. 21 "His eyes are on the ways of men; he sees their every step. 22 There is no dark place, no deep shadow, where evildoers can hide. 23 God has no need to examine men further, that they should come before him for judgment. 

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