Saturday, August 30, 2014

Job 11:13-16 -- On Investing in Hope

"If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands toward him;
If iniquity be in thine hand, put it far away, and let not wickedness dwell in thy tabernacles.
For then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; yea, thou shalt be steadfast, and shalt not fear:
Because thou shalt forget thy misery, and remember it as waters that pass away:"
Job 11:13-16

There is a lot of good stuff in this chapter.  I liked this part because it reminds us that we have to prepare our hearts.  A lot of times we want to just jump in without thinking or preparing... and God is there, whenever we seek him.  However, sometimes, if we aren't prepared, and we haven't thought about it, it's kind of like trying to communicate with a faulty phone line.  The sound is spotty and we aren't hearing everything that we should be.  But if we prepare, then there won't be any interference in our communication.  We'll be able to stretch out our hands and reach God.
Part of preparing is letting go of iniquity, and putting it far away.  We have to repent, and clean up our lives... get rid of the heaviness of sin.  Then we can lift ourselves up, clean, without fear.  And I love that we will also forget our misery, and only remember it as a temporary thing in our past.
Today, let's prepare our hearts, and stretch out our hands to God.  Let's take the time and put in the effort and make contact.  Our relationship with God is the best one that we could ever have, with anyone.  Let's invest in hope, and let go of wickedness.

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