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- “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”
- What is in your heart? What does your heart say when something is wrong?
- Job, we’re told, does not accuse God of wrong. He is humble and praises God for who He is, not for what he gets from God. We are told Job did not sin in all that he did, specifically because he did not accuse God of wrong.
- Just this morning, I took an accusing tone with the Lord. “Why didn’t you…?” It exposed a heart that cared about something more than the Lord’s good name in that moment. That’s heartbreaking, but that’s what God does for us as we walk in Him. If we walk in His light, His light exposes things. Then we confess and we are forgiven and cleansed.
- In fact, 1 John 1:7 says that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from ALL sin. What an awesome process.
- We live blameless in God’s sight as He’s cleansing us from ALL sin. Job was blameless and was being sanctified. Just like us.
- We’re forgiven and blameless in His sight, choosing to obey and keep His commandments as best we know them. Jesus’ sacrifice covers unintentional sins, our slip ups, as opposed to premediated sin that we make the choice to take part in. That’s something we should never do as Christians and can require more in terms of making things right besides just a “sorry.”
- Even though we are blameless, that doesn’t mean we are sinless. God’s light will continue to shine on us and expose things that need confessing and removing. That’s sanctification, the removing of the darkness in us and replacing it with the light of Christ. It’s our becoming like Jesus, becoming holy and wholly His.
- Think again about your struggles of the moment. Humble yourself. Ask God to search your heart. Ask for help acknowledging what He finds there and submitting it to Him. Cleanse your heart and choose to have a heart that honors the Lord’s good name above all.