Why Follow God?

IMG_20140717_135000There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job; and that man was blameless, upright, fearing God and turning away from evil.  Job 1:1

…and that man was the greatest of all the men of the east. Job 1:3

Most of us can only dream of the financial wealth and good reputation that Job enjoyed.  Yet none of that, not even the blessing of family,  distracted him from his devotion to God.

Enter Satan. He who was Lucifer, brilliant son of the morning, high in heavenly rank. Lucifer,  “light-bearer”, and the anointed musician.

You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.  Ezekiel 28 : 12  Every precious stone was your covering……the  workmanship of your timbres and pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created. You were blameless in your ways… Ezekiel 28:13 NKJV. You were the anointed cherub who covers… Ezekiel 28 : 14 NKJV

And he was cast out. He who was most highly blessed by the Creator lost it all. For what reason?

By the abundance of your trading you became filled with violence within…your heart was lifted up because of your beauty…you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor…Ezekiel 28 : 17 NKJV

Lucifer was more consumed with his talent, beauty, position, and God’s blessings, than with God.

Two beings, both richly blessed. One the greatest among men of his time, the other once the greatest of angels.   One devoted to God, the other devoted to destruction of all who love God, a love he did not possess.

“Why does Job serve you?” Satan challenged. He made the presumption that, like himself, Job served because of blessings. He assumes that humans will only follow God if He blesses them; that they will turn away if He allows loss and tragedy to enter their lives.

And, to a degree, he is sadly right. Many have been taught or have become convinced that God is mean by not stopping or preventing sorrows and tragedy. People are so easily outraged, throwing accusations heavenward, for atrocities in world. Or they believe that  “a God of love would never let that happen” thereby implying that God is not a loving God.

What do you think?

I think  “who am I to rail against God if my life is unpredictable, if what I have gets taken, if worldly blessing does not flow continuously?”

Let’s go deeper. Assuming He allows pain, then why?  And how does it translate to love?

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