Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Acquaint now yourself with Him [agree with God and show yourself to be
conformed to His will] and be at peace; by that [you shall prosper and
great] good shall come to you. Job 22:21 AMP
Ever since the Garden of Eden, God has continually sought a personal
relationship with each and every man and woman. He wants us to really
know Him. Becoming acquainted with God implies two things: being
reconciled to Him and then coming to know Him as He really is—His true
character. Those who seek God and find Him, who get acquainted with
Him, agree with Him, and conform to His will, experience true peace—the
peace that passes understanding (Philippians 4:7). The Word of God says
that when you become acquainted with God, good will come your way.
Receive, I pray you, the law and instruction from His mouth and lay up His words in your heart.
Job 22:22 AMP
Receive God’s Word! Receiving God’s Word involves believing it and
actually allowing it to impact your life and change your heart. Embrace
God’s Word. Allow it to penetrate and influence your very soul—your
thoughts; your feelings; your will. God’s Word does not profit you if
it is left on the page, but it will greatly bless you if it is planted
and growing in your heart, springing forth from your lips, and
manifested through your deeds.
If you return to the Almighty [and submit and humble yourself before
Him], you will be built up; if you put away unrighteousness far from
your tents. Job 22:23 AMP
When you return to God—choosing Him over the devil and your fleshly
desires—and you press in to Him, He will build you up. The devil, on
the other hand will tear you down. Sin gives the devil an advantage in
your life, but when you walk away from sin and iniquity, when you push
it away from you, you are choosing to truly honor and serve the Lord.
Return to God—do things His way. Put sin, iniquity, wickedness and
unrighteousness far away from your dwelling—from your own body—as well
as from your house and family.
If you lay gold in the dust, and the gold of Ophir among the stones of
the brook [considering them of little worth], And make the Almighty
your gold and [the Lord] your precious silver treasure. Job 22:24-25
Money and possessions should mean nothing to you compared to the Lord
(Luke 16:13). If you want God’s blessing, then take the material things
that are so important to you and put them away from you as if you are
throwing gold in the dust, to be washed away by the brook. Make the
Almighty your gold and your precious silver. Your heart will worship
and trust in your treasure—whatever that is—so make God your treasure.
Make God your treasure in order that your heart may look to Him and
trust in Him above all earthly treasures or things mortal man depends
on, because earthly treasures will perish and fail, but God is eternal,
faithful, and unfailing!
Then you will have delight in the Almighty, and you will lift up your
face to God. You will make your prayer to Him, and He will hear you,
and you will pay your vows. Job 22:26-27 AMP
So many people waste their time either complaining to God or
complaining about Him. They believe Him to be in charge and responsible
for all the bad things that happen to them, but they don’t believe in
His power to help them! If they believed that God has the authority
over all things, then why don’t they go to Him for help? They blame Him
for the things they are unhappy about, but they have no faith in His
ability or His willingness to help them. You know they have no faith in
God because if they did, they would boldly go into the throne of grace
to obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16).
If we really knew the Lord, then we would delight in Him! We would know
just how much He loves us and is on our side, looking for the
opportunity to show Himself strong on our behalf (2 Chronicles 16:9).
When you delight in God and you lift your face to Him and pray to Him,
He will hear you. Verse 27 says, “You will make your prayer to Him, and
He will hear you, and you will pay your vows.” Your vows are seeds that
are sown attached to a prayer prayed in expectation of an answer from
the Lord. When you serve, honor, and obey God in all things, and when
you have kept your promises to Him, you can boldly stand on His
promises to you!
You shall also decide and decree a thing, and it shall be established
for you; and the light [of God’s favor] shall shine upon your ways.
Job 22:28 AMP
The NKJV says, “You will also declare a thing” and the NIV says, “What
you decide on will be done.” This scripture says that when you meet the
conditions of God’s Word then whatever you decide, declare, and decree
is what will be established unto you. What you proclaim in faith will
come to pass! When you please the Lord, everything you decide on,
declare, and decree—you will have! You can change your own destiny!