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Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Focus on What You Do; Not on What's Happening to You



It's insanity to keep doing the same thing and expect a different outcome. This is true... in some instances. In other instances changes may occur at the affected end of an action that will cause a different outcome. The path of the Christian is fraught with outcomes that seem to vary as much as our faces differ - as if what happens to us in many instances really have nothing to do with what we do. Some people maintain their fidelity regarding the Sabbath and retain their jobs; others get fired. I know a lady who saw her mother suffer from having three children with three different men. As such she decided she would only have children with the man to whom she is married; and she did. But fourteen years and eight children after their marriage her husband died - leaving her with no inheritance.

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We're told that we each have a guardian angel; coupled with the fact that Jesus promised to be with us, "even unto the end of the world." Matt 28: 20. This should mean we're always safe and nothing bad will happen to us (at least that's what we teach especially our children to sooth their fears). Well, while in one sense we're always safe (even in death), bad things sometimes happen (for now). But thank God, at length, nothing bad will ever happen to us again. Point?

Righteousness is about a commitment to God, and not about what happens to us now. Job understood that, and so notwithstanding what was happening to him he declared, "My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go." Verse 6. So the resolve I'm making is that even though bad things happen, I will remain committed to holding on to righteousness.  Here’s a beautiful hymn that expresses this resolve http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bP1M21gsx88.

This reading is based on Job 27.  To read and/or listen to Job 27 and read other related blogs. please go  here.