“DO NOT GIVE THE DEVIL AN OPPORTUNITY” (Eph 4:27)
????Job 1:6-22; Ps 17:1, 2-3, 6-7 (R.v.6b); Luke 9:46-50
????”DO NOT GIVE THE DEVIL AN OPPORTUNITY” (Eph 4:27)
My dear, in this new working week, we be seeing the end of the month of September and the beginning of the month of October. I pray that it may also be the end of your many worries and a beginning of new transformations in your life through Christ our Lord. Amen.
In Sirach 2:1, the scripture says, “If you aspire to serve the Lord, prepare yourself for an ordeal.” Child of God, the devil is restless when you are making efforts to worship God faithfully. He is jobless (cf. Job 1:7) and so looking for someone to devour (1 Pet 5:8). Guess those he is searching out for! The righteous. That’s why he noticed Job.
Hmmmm! I would have thought that God would prevent him from tempting Job. But no! Instead, it was as if God helped him to test Job. Why? It was God’s fire that destroyed his sheep and shepherds (cf. Job 1:16). But in all these, Job never allowed the devil to pull him down. He was able to discern the hand of God even in the disasters that have befallen him (cf. Job 1:21). The test proved true to strengthen his faith (see Jam 1:2)
My dear, the story of Job begins with tragedy. But do you know that it will not end in tragedy? Are you passing through turbulent time now? Be calm! Nothing lasts forever! Do not give the devil a place in your life, and you shall experience the triumph of goodness at last.
You don’t need to begin to struggle for positions like the disciples (cf. Luke 9:46). Focus your attention on following Jesus. Whatever shall be yours shall not be denied you. Your perseverance will win you your victory.
May that victory be yours in this week and beyond through Christ our Lord. Amen
I wish you a grace-filled and fruitful new working week. It is well with you.