By Funmi Komolafe
Praise the Lord! Brethren as Christians we should never be tired of praising God. When we praise him, it is a way of acknowledging his status as the Almighty. The one with whom nothing is impossible.
We must also not lose sight of the fact that the salvation of our soul is the greatest benefit of Christianity.
Our focus today is a brief study of the life of Job and why some true Christians; I mean people who strive to live holy still have challenges.
A believer or not, nearly all human beings have one challenge or the other. What is important is how you choose to tackle such challenges?
Do you trust in God to wipe out that challenge or you would rather go to visit some herbalists somewhere because you are unable to cope with the pressure of that challenge.
Let’s consider briefly the life of Brother Job as recorded in Job 1vs. 1 “ There was a man in the land of Uz , whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.”
Read up to verses 6-12 which gives detail of the conversation between God Almighty and Satan. For the purpose of this article, we’ll consider verses 8 to 12 . Verse 8 “ And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? Then Satan answered the Lord and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?
In verses 10 & 11 Satan said, “Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land”.
But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face”.
Note that Satan identified the blessings of God for Job, which to him was the main reason Job remained committed to the service of God.
In verse 12, God replied “ And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord”.
From this passage, we see how God gave Satan access to all the material possessions of Job but he did not give Satan access to the life of Job.
As Christians, many of us are familiar with this story from which we learn a great lesson as Job despite losing everything, failed to curse God. He continued to hold God in high esteem.
See the attitude of Job in Job 1 vs. 21 “ And ( Job) said , Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord”.
Job knew he couldn’t have lost all he lost if God didn’t allow it but unlike many of us, he did not blame God.
The lesson here is that what you may be going through may be a test of your faith. It could also be that God is set to use your breakthrough to silence your enemies forever. It could also be that the solution to that challenge is to establish the awesome power of God for others to see and choose to serve your God.
So what is it that you are going through? You haven’t lost all like Job. Even if you have, like Job you still have life and while there is life, your hope in the Lord will be rewarding.
Brethren, you may have heard this before. The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch A. Adeboye severally told his audience that a challenge led him to Christ. He and his wife had had three children by Caesarian Section and a forth was on the way and doctors had warned that after the three sections, they shouldn’t attempt having a fourth child. But to the glory of God, the Adeboyes were led to Christ and the fourth child was delivered without any human assistance. I mean no Caesarian Section. This was beyond the calculation of medical science.
Equally, the story of the general overseer of Laughter Foundation Christian Ministry ( a.k.a Jesus baby factory) . The Christian couple got married and for about three years, no child was born. It was then they knew that something was wrong. They cried unto God and today, they are blessed with boys and girls.
These examples should give you the confidence that whatever you are going through, as long as you remain steadfast with God, that reproach will soon become the source of your celebration.
An assurance of this is stated in Job 8 vs. 20-22 “ Behold, God will not case away a perfect man, neither will he help the evildoers: Till he fill thy mouth with laughing and thy lips with rejoicing “.
While you celebrate your breakthrough something will happen to your mockers.
Job 8 vs. 22 tells us what will happen. “ They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame; and the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nought”.
Are you already over 40 years and your mockers have concluded you can never get married? Trust in the Lord and shun them. Sooner than they expect, you will not only be married but will become a mother of twins in the name of Jesus.
Brethren, perhaps you have no serious challenge but your daughter in law is yet to have a chiWhat role are you playing? Are you secretly telling your son to go and have children by a strange woman somewhere? This shouldn’t be your role. Rather, you should join the couple in prayer so that the Lord can bless your family with babies.
Or is your case that of someone who has served a boss for years with nothing to show for it? The solution is not for you to steal or collude with kidnappers to kidnap your boss or his children.
All is not lost. God can still raise you beyond your imagination if you continue to serve him and be truthful in all your ways.
You have a choice, fight your battle yourself and failure is certain or let God fight for you and be sure of sweet victory.
Again let’s learn more from the life of Job as stated in Job 5 vs. 7-9 “ Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward. I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause: which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvelous things without number”.
For all that you have gone through, you need a testimony that everyone will acknowledge is the Lord’s doing. Therefore, the only way to achieve this is to lean fully on Jesus.
Perhaps you are so comfortable and fulfilled in life that as far as you are concerned there is no serious challenge in your life. Glory be to God but are you thinking about the future of your children? Don’t you think you should be investing in their spiritual life by leading them to Christ and praying for them?
If you fail to do this, you may soon find out that the comfort zone in which you are could become riotous because of enemy affliction.
Those who knew you from youth may become envious and attack your children or your spouse and if they succeed, rather than have rest you will become restless.
May the Lord give you permanent rest from all your enemies in Jesus name?
Do not forget the programme, season of miracles is still on at Laughter Foundation Ministry every Sunday till October 1,2017.
Also RCCG’s September Holy Ghost night scheduled to hold on Friday, September 1, 2017 at the Redemption Camp, Km 46, and Lagos – Ibadan expressway is essentially for women waiting on the Lord for children.
Other churches also have similar programmes.
Find time to attend any of these programmes. You may not be directly affected but feel free to invite anyone who has this challenge and the Lord will bless you for it.
May the Lord bless all the work of your hands this week and always in Jesus name.