We are going to take a momentary break from Proverbs and Solomon to point to another instance of where God actually spoke to a man about His Power and Majesty. He opened the door for us to see what He had done in Creation. All of that is in Job 38. Read this chapter of Job and you will continue to understand the the real power and love of God for me and you. God continues to reveal Himself to man and asks for man’s (our) commitment, obedience and avoidance of sin.
Many people read the bible and give up because they see it as a book of DO’s and DON’TS. It is not when you really begin to understand who God is and how He loves you. It becomes a very thought provoking process around setting proper boundaries in our lives. Not about being able to do one thing or another. That is simply man’s interpretation of the Bible without the Holy Spirit as a guide. That is really man’s interpretation because of his base sin nature that wants to never be limited in anything, EVER. Freedom without control, responsibility or wisdom is the way we want it. If it feels good, it must be good. I grew up that way. However, I have found a better way that is open to anyone who seeks it.
Job 38 and Proverbs lead us to a bigger discussion around targeted activities that will change your life:
- Are you in control of your life or are you giving to much power to someone else?
- Do you need to “fire” some friends who are creating problems for you?
- Are you abused by someone in one of your relationships and not in control?
- Is there someone in your life that is not telling you the truth? Let them go.
- Do you have baggage that you carry with you at all times and regularly “upack” it and explode with anger, rage or indignation when around a certain person?
- Could you be around drug abusers and say things like, “it is their life so as long as they do not impact me – go for it”?
- Is there someone in your life who infects you with toxic emotional treatment? Stop allowing the abuse and begin practicing the art of confrontation.
- Do you recognize someone in your life who is verbally abusive to you? Stop that and walk away or at least have a conversation about some boundaries.
This is about exercising freedom and taking personal responsibility. Having a faith that allows your life to be meaningful and good with clear direction and forward motion. Growing in the knowledge of the One who created us and why He created us. There isnot a couch in the a couch in the room. I am not doing a psychology course, personal profile or analysis of anyone. I am not interested iin any new technique to change you for the moment. Not interested in writing a book of pure fiction, but really getting to issues that hold us prisoner. Some of these were created by others and some by us. Seeing them clearly and reacting to them in the right way can be exhausting, but freeing over time. I am trying to open up a new way of thinking and perceiving life. Just as that way of thinking was opened for me many years ago. I do not have all the answers, but I do have the proof in my life that God is real and He made a plan of escape not just for me, but for all of us. Not just escape, but a path to a better life where freedom is appropriately exercised and the outcomes are positive even with conflict. It is amazing. However, it also requires us to be honest with ourselves, to deal with people openly (which they really hate) and to function in the power of love.
Really? You have got to be kidding me?
I am not. There is so much more power in messages that come with love than with hate. Respect and dignity are important to everyone. Hate and anger do not come from somone in control, they come from someone out of control who wants to manipulate. Recognizing that difference is crucial. When people say “love conquers all”, it is true. However, sometimes love comes in the form of a harsh wakeup call. It is not for the faint of heart. I even would say it takes more courage to deliver the right message in wisdom and love than to deliver it with evil intent and hate. It is a conundrum that life creates and can only be understood when we are in sync with God.
This is not easy, nor for the faint of heart. You may discover there are people in your life doing you harm that you did not even recognize. Some people may get upset with you as you begin this journey, others will be outright angry. As you change, so will the world around you. I challenge you to break out of your personal and spiritual comfort zone and go experience a new way of life.
In the world today, we all have become accustomed to Performance Reviews. This is a discussion and goal setting time to think about God’s Performance Review. The Bible has many suggestions and plans for implementation that will change your life. Getting to know God is the beginning of Knowledge (Proverbs 1:7). Start there and you will find that He has given you a handbook for exercising good judgement and living a life that is incredible as we continue to work through Proverbs. No judgments from Him or me; only forgiveness, love and support.