Today’s thought “Being of benefit to God” (December 18)

In the Daily Bible Readings of today we hear Eliphaz, the Temanite, asking Job if any person be of benefit or use to God.

“ Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said,

Can a man be profitable unto God? Surely he that is wise is profitable unto himself.” (Job 22:1-2 ASV)

We too may be questioned about the work we do for our God. Our we perhaps pretentious to think we can serve God by doing all that work for our ecclesia or for the preaching of the Gospel?

Many also wonder if God exist or what He would do for mankind.

In case Eloah would reside “at the crown of the highest arc of heaven”, what can a man do for Him? (Job 22:12)

Those who question us about the usefulness of our faith in God and work for the Elohim are the ones who tell God,

“Leave us be.”

It are those who say

“What can the Highest One do to us?” (Job 22:17)

First, the Most High God above all gods and King above all kings and above all gods, can do a lot for us, and did already a lot for us, even before we did something for Him. He gave us life and took care of everything we see around us. Without we’re doing something to it, we have nature taking its course. Some even may wonder if God would be able to see us through all those clouds, which make our regions often very dark. (Job 22:13) Even when surrounded by very thick walls, God sees us and knows our heart.

“ But Jehovah said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have rejected him: for Jehovah seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but Jehovah looketh on the heart.” (1Sa 16:7 ASV)

“ And he said unto them, Ye are they that justify yourselves in the sight of men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.” (Lu 16:15 ASV)

We may look at others with our eyes and judge them from what we might see, but God does not have to see the man. God knows what happens deep inside a person and knows the way of thinking of a person. Nothing can be hidden for God.

Jehovah is a God of knowledge (1 Samuel  2:3). We should know that He is concerned what we do and how we do it. He shall render unto every man according to all his ways. (1 Kings 8:39) We should remember that for most people all their own ways seem to be right, but Adonai weighs the heart. (Proverbs 21:2; Romans 8:27)

In a certain way we can not give anything to God, because already everything belongs to Him.

“ Behold, unto Jehovah thy God belongeth heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth, with all that is therein.” (De 10:14 ASV)

But He has given earth to man and we can use it (as having it in loan). As good house fathers, we must take good care of the good – the earth – on loan. As such we do have a big task. But from the several books of the Bible we can learn that God expects certain things  from us. We must comply to God-requested matters or assignments and regulations. This would perhaps not be to the benefit for God, but for our benefit. Though it will please God if we would follow His ordinances and regulations.

Because God wants all people to come close to Him, He shall appreciate it and be thankful for those who want to go out into the world to proclaim His Word. So we do not think our work shall be in vain. Some may think the burden shall not be worth it. But we out of love for those around us, prefer to serve God and to follow up the task His beloved son gave his followers. Doing that we show obedience to God Himself as well as to His son Jesus Christ.

It can always be open to debate if all that work we do would be to the benefit of God, but we think we better keep in mind and learn from the parables Jesus told about servants in the fields and of maidservants preparing for the wedding.

Let us do our work for God to please Him and not as such to gain a reward, though we may be sure God shall reward those who love Him and do those things God requires doing.

For many it may look absurd what we do for our faith. But let them laugh at us. Let them mock and do not worry.

Convinced that Jesus is the way to God, let us continue on his way and doing what he asked us to do. Even if we can not give anything to God what does not belong to Him, we can show our love for Him by doing what He likes and by offering our love and work for him.

Like God valued the work and life of Job, He always shall do that by others who love Him and follow His instructions. If the benefit to God would be “pleasing Him” by showing true obedience, then at least that is something we may give to our Most Highest.  There is pleasure we can give to the God above all gods, the Elohim Hashem Jehovah, when we love as He does and do what He wants us to do!

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Preceding

Fragments from the Book of Job #3: chapters 21-26

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Additional reading

  1. God should be your hope
  2. Servant of his Father
  3. 1 Corinthians 15 Hope in action
  4. Finding our identity in serving God
  5. Work with joy and pray with love
  6. The work I do, let it be done good
  7. God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supplies
  8. A treasure which can give me everything I need

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Related

  1. Life Can Be a Struggle
  2. Job 22 and 25 – NotesM’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan, February 23
  3. Job 22
  4. Job 22, Eliphaz Accuses Job of Wickedness.
  5. Job 22 – “Submit to God and be at peace with Him,” (Verse 21a) + “Accept instruction from his mouth and lay up his words in your heart.” (Verse 22)
  6. November 20, 2019- The Conditions in Which We Are Called, Joy in Our Vocations- 1 Corinthians 7:17-27
  7. The Unworthy Servant
  8. Good Work
  9. Reaching For Higher Ground
  10. Elite Surrender
  11. The Way
  12. The First Deacons
  13. Ask & Receive
  14. Commitment; November 23, 2019
  15. Here I Am To Worship
  16. Serving with Your Gifts
  17. Psalm 113:1 Praising While Serving
  18. Something We All Need To Do
  19. December 16; Women Teachers Philippians 3-4; I Timothy 1-2
  20. Christ Lifted Up
  21. The Fruit is ripe

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