Why Did God Choose You?
Scripture: Job 1 (entire) Job 42 (entire)
If the theme for Consecration is closely examined we can see that it is very broad in nature. However, God wants us to look at it as our Pastor often instructs us, from various angles and aspects. Today I want you to look at why God chose you to go through those unexpected, and sometimes difficult, unpleasant circumstances.
In the very first verse of Job chapter 1, it is made clear to us that Job was indeed a man of God. The NIV translation states “The man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil”. I believe that precedent was set at the beginning of the story so we would not think the calamity that fell upon Job was a form of punishment for wrong or sins that he had committed. There are times that God ALLOWS things to happen in our lives to prove Himself and to prove a point to us and to the devil! That point is . . . I Am God, nothing happens that I do not permit, and I am the One in total control of EVERYTHING! It is easy to lose sight of that when we’re in the heat of the matter and we can see nothing but doom and gloom. There are wonders about God that we would never learn if everything was always right in our world and life went exactly the way we want it to go. It is indeed true, we will never appreciate the sunshine if we do not have some rain; we will never appreciate abundance if we know nothing about lack; we will never enjoy the blessings of good health if we never have a sick day in our lives. Yes, God does want to be appreciated . . . after all did He not create the whole world and everything therein?!
Job went from a life of abundance (seemingly lacking nothing), to losing everything that was near and dear to him. I know you have experienced some flat out bad days; times, years, seasons that you wish you could just blink your eyes and it would be but a bad nightmare. But clearly God chose you to go through this because He knows He has put in you what it takes to get through it. Notice I didn’t say “handle it” because that’s His responsibility. I said “get through it”. That alone should give us some comfort! God will never put more on you than you can bear. He chose you because there is a lesson to be learned in what you are or have already gone through. After the lesson, then comes the blessing. After the blessing, then comes the responsibility to live a life that will glorify Him and be a witness of His greatness! Just like Job, God chose YOU because He has an ultimate plan in mind. That plan should always be at the forefront of our minds as referenced in Jeremiah 29: 11 (NIV) “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”
Prayer: Dear God, I thank you for helping me to understand that being your choice in anything is an honor and a privilege. Help me to learn that your ways are higher than mine and your thoughts higher than my thoughts. Thank you for my growth as I learn more about who I am and why I am! In the precious name of Jesus . . . Amen.