Consider my toes stepped on!

Tonight in Bible class, we read Galatians 5:19-21.

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

What I want you to see is this: “fits of anger”.  This is a Christian dad’s blog, meaning I have kids, two of them, 5 years and 3 years.  I know that all of you parents out there have had a few (by few I mean thousands) fits of anger, but God’s word lumps those of us with the occasional short fuse with idol worshipers and sorcerers and the like, and look and that last bit again, “will not inherit the kingdom of God”!  Yikes!  I know what I’ll be working on in the coming weeks.

I guess we’re doing something right!

In the car on the way home from the mall, my 3 year old son asks where Jesus is, so the wife explains a little bit about Jesus being in Heaven with God.  Then a few minutes later my 5 year old daughter tells the boy, ‘God is all around us, He’s right between us!’.  To which my son responds, ‘thats just a toy doggy’. 

Love it! 

 

Have you considered my servant Job?

In 1 Peter 5:8, Peter describes Satan as a “roaring lion, seeking someone to devour”.  He also says the Devil “prowls around”, he sneaks and paces and searches for someone – you and me – who he can turn away from God.  Peter says to “resist him”, or “standfast” in verse 9.

Resist? Standfast? How in the world do we resist a roaring lion, you ask?  God always has an answer, but this time we look at a question God asked as an answer:

Have you considered my servant Job?

Job 1:7 reads: The Lord said to Satan, “From where have you come?” Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.”

Sounds like Satan was doing that prowling thing right?  Throughout the book of Job, the Devil stalks, prowls, and tries his best to devour God’s servant Job.  But he couldn’t do it, no matter what he threw at Job, he resisted.  How?  Lets go back to 1 Peter.

Peter says in verse 9 to “Resist him, firm in your faith”.  Job stayed firm in his faith, even though he lost all of his possessions and his family, even though his closest friends and even his wife told him to abandon God.  Job stayed faithful and trusted in God.  Peter tells us the same thing in verse 10: “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”

Never lose sight of the Cross, stay strong and resist the world, and God will pick you up and dust you off.