Glory Seed Devotionals, 2016: Year of the Blessing…
Jesus enables us to talk with God…
“If only there were a mediator between us, someone who could bring us together. The mediator could make God stop beating me, and I would no longer live in terror of his punishment. Then I could speak to him without fear, but I cannot do that in my own strength.” (Job 9:33–35, NLT)
“The mediator could make God stop beating me,” God is a bully and beats people up? While it appears to be true I am not totally convinced but according to Job and his friends He does. Most of the other versions use something similar to this, “take His rod away” which kinda goes along with the notion that God does punish when the need arises. Whether God “beats people up” or punishes people is not what this morning’s Glory Seed is about. This morning’s Glory Seed is about “the mediator” and what a relationship with Him means to you and I, His name is Jesus.
Job was referring to bringing us together with God. But then you knew that already. “For, There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time.” (1 Timothy 2:5–6, NLT) Today’s Glory Seed is also about talking to God. Have you ever met someone of great importance and found yourself speechless or opened your mouth and said something stupid? I was speechless the first time I met the President/CEO of the company I worked for, being speechless was a good thing because I know I’d said something stupid because I was a nervous wreck.
When it comes to praying my biggest fear used to be the fear of opening my mouth and saying something that would offend God (remember I’m not sure about the God beats people up idea) and He would either go off on me or walk away from me and leave me alone. I remember the first time I got mad at God and “let Him have both barrels” I was terrified for a week expecting some form of retribution. But it never came, but I did get the quiet assurance God still loved me thank you Jesus my Mediator.
The point Job was trying to make is/was as the song goes, “Take IT to the LORD in prayer.” And when you stop to think about it nothing is hidden from God anyway! Let me give you something to think about. “O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord.” (Psalm 139:1–4, NLT) God knows all our hidden secrets! That’s kinda scary isn’t it?
Jesus enables us to fearlessly talk to God about our most intimate secrets.
Believe in presence of the GOD and in the strength of his GRACE!
GRACE and PEACE,
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