Today’s Reading: Job 1-4
Today’s Reflection: Job 1:8
And the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?”
At a regular assembly of beings referred to only as the ‘sons of God’ in the heavenly realm, the fallen angel Lucifer—now known as Satan (or ‘adversary’)—appears before God (Job 1:6). God takes the opportunity to present Job as an example of upstanding and righteous humanity, someone who pleases Him, and someone who contradicts Satan’s claims about humanity (Job 1:9-11).
Understand that God desires to be able to boast about each of us.
God is clearly proud of Job when He presents him to Satan. He desires to be equally proud of each of us. Not so God can ‘win the argument’ against Satan, but for our own sakes. Because if we’re living a life God can boast about it means we’re living the best lives possible for us—lives that lead us to the promise and reward of eternity with Him.
Unfortunately many of us aren’t consistently living a life God can proudly show off. Hebrews 11 talks about those who have excelled in living lives of faith and says, “God is not ashamed to be called their God” (vs. 16). So what does this say about those of us who fail to have faith in God, since without faith it is impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11:6)? What does it say when we fail to display a witness of faith to the world, yet still dare to call God our God? We bring shame upon His name.
Practice living your life as if you were in God’s presence at all times. Imagine His gaze upon you at every moment. Ask yourself constantly, does what I do now please Him? For in so doing you not only align yourself with His divine will, you also come into alignment with your true self—the you God created you to be. The most faithful, fulfilled and joyful you. The you that God can proudly boast about.
Romans 12:2 – Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.