When God speaks it has many applications. He speaks the blueprint (a living “shadow”) for the future building of the living “image”. The Old Testament is a historical blueprint of the New Testament church life. You can find the shadow or allegory in the law for the answer you need today in Truth.
[Gen 1:3 KJV And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.] The light God spoke in verse 3 is different from the light the sun gives, created in verses 14-16. Because this light in verse 3 is understanding of Truth. [Jhn 8:12 KJV Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.] [2Pe 1:19 KJV We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:] Oh so much more could be said about this light. Same as the earth. The allegory is good ground, your heart. First God spoke it, then He made man out of it and then He typed it out as your heart. This is just one of the types / allegories. Just trying to point out that when a situation is there, God can and will do many things with that one situation or creation.
When things happen in life, think there’s a bigger picture then just ourselves. Job went through things because of, well yes, the spirit in him (God uses all things that happen to us for our good), but also the spirit in others (Jobs friends). And last but not least, this story teaches you a few thousand years later.
[Job 42:7-9 KJV And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath. Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job. So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the LORD commanded them: the LORD also accepted Job.]
We don't get to choose what we go through directly. Car accidents, sickness, injury, rodents, divorce, death’s, house burning down etc, some are from our harvest, some are called by God; but all things are and will work for our good; it's a promise to those that love the Truth. The problem isn’t the situation, it’s the reaction to the situation. The Heart of the matter. God doesn't care about a house burnt down, He cares about the heart of a person. He owns and creates all things. As fast as it was received, it can be taken away. That is why we need to watch our focus on temporal things and how we judge a situation.
[Mat 7:1-3 KJV Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. 3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?]
When a situation comes on your life and on those around you, read the above scripture before you comment on it. Eliphaz and his two friends put Job through quite a situation. Which during it they were really looking at Job and pointing the finger at him with all their predetermined ideas of why God did this to him. Now God did allow this situation to come upon Job because there was things in Job’s heart that only God knew and this situation was “perfect” for taking care of the hearts of all involved. Although it focuses on the Job, the three friends, and the preacher; it also has a side note of Jobs family, Jobs wife and friends during and after the situation too. They appeared to have abandoned him and then turned around to comfort him.
I bring up Jobs family and friends because I read a lot of quotes and hear people say it all the time “A real friend will be there when everyone else leaves you” or things in like manner. Meaning if a person isn’t there, they weren’t really a friend. This isn’t a true statement. I know I love people and would want to be there for them every time. But sometimes situations in my life prevent me from being there. It happens to everyone, but that doesn’t mean I care less for that person. Stop and think about the times in your life you felt sorry that you couldn’t make it to this or that. It happens. But quotes and comments like the above change the way you see your friends and family, unjustly. It’s a bad judgement.
What does this have to do with God and multi-tasking? God can use one situation to directly or indirectly affect many people during it and throughout time because of it. Job’s story is a good example. Here this happened to him many years ago. Over the course of time how many people have read the book of Job? How many have learned not to justify oneself instead of God (which was Job’s error) and not to speak evil about anyone because you could move God against them (the three friends error), how God uses a man to preach and will bring evil into light, and restore with blessings and on and on; from that one situation.
Let’s bring this down to the day we live in. Someone (family X) seems to be doing very well for themselves, big house, nice cars, good job, smiling family photos, vacations and on fire for God. They have some friends that hang out with them and know that well, they do have some faults. Those same friends are going through “situations” that are not so pleasant. In fact they can’t understand how come they don’t have things “easy” like family X has. Their living for God too. These friends get together and start pointing the why family X is this way when they do things like….. and …… and each take turns with their judgements, opinions and things they have seen or heard. Sounds like what Jobs friends were doing and since they were sons of God, they were in His presence while doing so. You know the bible says that where 2 or 3 are gathered in His name there is He in the midst. If you were baptized in His name, you like them are in His name. So the same comments come out, if they didn’t have a good job, such a nice car… would they be so on fire for God… Then out of what, coincidence a “situation” arises in family X. There is no such thing as coincidence. God moves to perfect the heart.
He will deal with all involved to purge that sin out of the body; His body. [Heb 12:8 KJV But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.] [Act 26:18 KJV To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.]
You have to be careful and willing to repent or else you will be purged out of the body. God means what He says. If the sin will not come out of you, you will as sin will come out of the body. [Luk 3:17 KJV] 17 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable.]
When you or anyone you know is in a situation, before you open your mouth think “What does the WORD say”. Unity, be about God’s business, a witness of His glory, Who is God!!! Jesus verse flesh. Weight it out. The Word is always right!! Bondage doesn’t come from real chains and prison cells, bondage comes from the darkness of the law. David was a king and in bondage to lust until he repented. Jeremiah was in prison, but was free from the judgements God brought on Israel (safe in the literal prison) because he was doing God’s word. So who is really in bondage? Those who came forth and say I have an issue or those who speak and live in familiarity? If the heart is unrepented its hell bound, weight it out. The Pastor preaches, the Elders preach, the Word of God comes across time and time again, weight it out. The flesh needs to go on the cross. If the old man lives, the soul dies. Try to remember this when the old man is alive in you; if you hurt someone in the body, you hurt Jesus. If you smack them across the face (with words or physically), you smack Jesus across the face. If you do things that shame the church, shame the Pastor, elders and the people there. You did it. You wear the banner of His name.
[Rev 20:12-13 KJV And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.] There’s no room for the blame game. It’s because of this situation or that person. You have to grab ahold of the truth and live in that light. When you fall out of that light back into darkness, repent and get back in the light. God is allowing darkness in your life to bring you back into light of Truth. [Psa 119:67 KJV Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.]
Perspective matters. God see all of our hearts and the events going on in our lives. He multitasks in such a way that He takes care of as many spirits as possible in one situation. So the next time you want to judge a situation, including your own, stop and think about what the word says. Do an inventory on your heart. Seek His face, pray and open the book. God is faithful.
[Rom 8:1-2, 28 KJV There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. ... 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.]
Submitted by: Tina Marie