Then Job answered the Lord and said: “Behold, I am vile; What shall I answer you? I lay my hand over my mouth. Once I have spoken, but I will not answer; Yes, twice, but I will proceed no further.” Job 40:3-5 NKJV
God challenged Job to answer Him. Job did not, why? Job was humbled by the revelation of God’s power. Job was not yet repentant!
When God spoke to Job He said; “I will question you, and you shall answer Me.” The Lord questioned Job. Job refused to answer. He was defiant and disobedient!
Have you ever defied and disobeyed the Lord? I have. There are two times in particular that stick out in my memory.
Right after my wife and I were married. We had an argument. I walked to a park behind our house. The Lord spoke to me. He told me to go home. I went in a different direction.
I looked down as I walked. I saw my wife’s name written in the sidewalk. The O in her name was written in the shape of a heart. My heart softened. The anger was gone. My wife pulled up beside me in our car. We drove home together.
My new supervisor and I were driving in a bread truck. The Lord spoke to me. He said; “Tell him about Me.” God wanted me to share the gospel with my supervisor. I did not. I sat in silence.
The day my wife and I were married I asked the Lord to bless our marriage. We have been married for twenty-four years. God has been faithful to bless our marriage even though I have been defiant and disobedient in so many ways.
Every now and then I am reminded of the day God told me to share the gospel with my co-worker. The memory of my failure to obey God still stings. He uses the pain to humble me and bring me to repentance. God has chosen to forgive my sin.
God repeated His command to Job saying; “Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me.” He gave Job another opportunity to repent!
I have heard people say Jesus is a God of second chances. I believe He is the God of new beginnings!
We have all defied the Lord and failed to obey Him in one way or another. You may remember specific times when you sinned. Jesus has already forgiven you. The memory of our sin is evidence that Jesus is faithful when we are not!
Today is a new day. Jesus is giving you a new opportunity to serve Him. He wants to bless you with His love.
Will you bless Jesus with your love and devotion? Will you serve Him? Will you obey Him? These are questions Jesus asks all of us. How will you answer the Lord!
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