Job is one of the more interesting books in the bible, since it teaches valuable lessons in patience, perseverance and remaining faithful in times of suffering. Job endured a great deal and, at times, questioned the God he believed in. Yet, no matter how difficult the journey or hr=or hard the path, Job did not lose his faith. He taught us all some invaluable lessons about patience, a quality too often lacking in our dealings with our families, coworkers, and even ourselves.
But the words submit tends to make many people recoil and rebel. It is not a word that most of us really want to do. It reminds us of times gone by when submission to husbands was required and, for too many women, freedom was but a dream. Different translations of the bible use different words in place of submit. The New King James bible replaced submit with, acquaint and yet the ESV translation uses the words agree with.
These seem to be far more pleasant and acceptable words to understand. Acquainting ourselves with God is a wonderful way of describing the relationship that we, as Christians, strive to form and nurture with God. As we continue to learn more about God, to speak with him through prayer daily, to read and study His word, and to try to be the kind of people He would want us to be, we will gradually become better acquainted with God. We can do this through Jesus in silent moments of prayer, in meditation, and in nurturing our own personal spirituality.
If we truly get to know God and have an intimate personal relationship with Him, allowing Hid into our hearts and our souls, we can be at peace with Him. Being at peace with God is not unlike being at peace with the universe or with all humankind. It is a peace that comes only from God and surpasses human understanding. This is the peace that will guide and sustain us, as it did Job, through even the darkest hours and the most difficult of times.
Prosperity is yet another word that is often difficult to connect with Christianity. We too often think of prosperity in terms of net earnings, capital gains and prices of homes. We tend to measure prosperity by the cars we drive, the salons we frequent, and the handbags we carry But prosperity does not always have to mean material prosperity.
A tree can prosper in the yard with only the rain and the sun to nurture it. A love can prosper simply by sharing a smile, a wish, a dream or a touch. Learning often prospers by asking questions, listening to wisdom and experience, and practicing trial and error. So can we prosper in our relationship with God. We may never be in the tiny of the population that is incredibly wealthy materially, but we can be wealthy beyond measure in our spirituality. Every time we pray, every time we reach out, every time we offer words of thanksgiving, every time we share in worship, every time we read the bible, we are developing a more prosperous relationship with God.
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