What's In It For Me? Job 35-37
Of everything in today's reading about the majesty of God, this short series of comments by Elihu got my attention...
you also ask, 'What's in it for me? What's the use of living a
righteous life?" and "Look up into the sky and see the clouds high
above you. If you sin, how does that affect God?"... "If you are good,
is this some great gift to Him?'... "No, your sins affect only people
like yourself and your good deeds also affect only humans".
Elihu seems to say is that God is oblivious to the way we live our
lives...so high above us that our comings and goings couldn't possibly
be of any interest or value. But we know that our sins do affect God,
for we are told a multitude of times throughout Scripture that God,
Jesus and the Holy Spirit are grieved over the sins of man. And as for
our good deeds mattering only to humans, remember that Jesus explained
to His disciples that when they feed the hungry, clothe the poor, visit
the sick, etc. they are doing those things for Him..."whatever you have
done for the least of these, you have done for Me". So what's in it for
me, if I live a righteous life? God's glory. It's not about me anyway
is it, "Purpose Driven Life" readers?
But make no mistake. God is not aloof. He is very much invested in our
lives. So much so that He is willing to let us suffer if it means we
will grow closer to Him and live a more fruitful life. My favorite
verse in this reading, which I starred last year as well, is verse
35:15, "but by means of their suffering, he rescues those who suffer
for he gets their attention through adversity".
I wish I had
time to outline for you the 45 minute talk I give on this topic, but
for those who do not know my story, I have a young child with leukemia.
He has been in treatment for over 3 years now and is in remission. The
growth in my relationships with God and others as well as the
unparalleled fruitfulness that accompanied this trial, are evidence to
me that suffering truly does have a beautiful, refining quality to it.
God intends that trials draw us close to Him. He intends for hard times
to rescue us. Job, good man
though he is, is being refined. I recently wrote down a great quote and
cannot for the life of me remember the source. Here it is anyway... "It
is only the gold that is worth putting into the fire. Anything else
would be consumed."
About Melissa Gibbs:
Melissa is the mother of four boys and the wife of her
junior high sweetheart, JD. He is the President of Joe Gibbs Racing and
the son of NFL Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs. JD and Melissa have been
married 16 years and are actively involved with Young Life, Motor Racing
Outreach, their church, and other ministries. Their youngest son Taylor
is nearing completion of a 3 year treatment protocol for leukemia, which has
been a powerful faith walk for their family. Since his diagnosis, Melissa
has been called upon to share their family's testimony with many local
Visit Melissa at http://chronologicalbiblein2010.blogspot.com/