Mourn Those Cut Off from God – 11/14/20

Melissa Hart

Job 27:2-11 –  “As God lives, who has taken away my right, and the Almighty, who has made my soul bitter,  as long as my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils,  my lips will not speak falsehood, and my tongue will not utter deceit. Far be it from me to say that you are right; till I die I will not put away my integrity from me. I hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go; my heart does not reproach me for any of my days. “Let my enemy be as the wicked, and let him who rises up against me be as the unrighteous. For what is the hope of the godless when God cuts him off, when God takes away his life? Will God hear his cry when distress comes upon him? Will he take delight in the Almighty? Will he call upon God at all times? I will teach you concerning the hand of God; what is with the Almighty I will not conceal.”

Most of us desire to live good, upright lives that reflect integrity (as Job describes in verses 2-6).  Even if we live up to this standard there will be those who oppose us or seek to rise up against us.  2 Timothy 3:12 tells us that all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.    

As Job describes the hopelessness of those cut off from God in verses 7-10, it should cause two responses in us.  First, it should cause us to praise God for the access we have to Him through Jesus (Eph 5:18).  Second, it should also cause us to mourn those who do not yet belong to God’s family—both those we love and our enemies—and stir up a sense of urgency to share the Good News with them. 

 

Prayer:  

Lord, we are thankful for the access we have to You, through our faith in Jesus.  Stir up in us a sense of urgency for those who do not yet call you Lord and Savior and give us opportunities to share your Good News with them.