Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not. And dost thou open thine eyes upon such an one, and bringest me into judgment with thee? Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one. Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass; Turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish, as an hireling, his day. For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease. Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground; Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant. (Job 14:1-9)
Today's Morsel: The Book of Job is probably the best book in the Bible for building one's faith and learning how to trust and wait upon the Lord. Most people have heard of Job's story, and many people can relate to it. Someone wrote a book based from Job's life and entitled it, "Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People." And then there haves been those who question God's love for letting Satan have free rein at Job. But Job points us to some things to consider in his book. And one of those thing is that we must remain faithful to God comes through for us. King Solomon said, "If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth: and if the tree fall toward the south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be." (Ecclesiastes 11:3). Where a tree falls is where it will stay unless someone moves it. The way you fall, is where you are going to stay unless you get up or someone or something moves you. The Bible says, "For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again..." (Proverbs 24:16). God doesn't expect you to remain dormant when and where you fall. Even if you have to get up seven times, He expects you to get back up. My wife has planted some perennial flowers in her garden. Every fall they die off. The snow comes and covers them up for the winter. But no matter how harsh the conditions, and no matter how cold the winter, as soon as spring comes, they perk right back up and send forth their fragrance and beauty. They killed and buried Jesus, but after three days He rose again. Maybe you've lost hope today and you are just laying dormant. Let me encourage you, it's time for you to get up. Down is not where Jesus wants you. He wants you to rise and walk in the abundant life He came to give you.
Sing: Go ahead, drive the nails in My hands, laugh at Me where you stand. Go ahead and say I'm dead and gone, but soon you will see that you were wrong.
Go ahead, and bury me in the grave, but soon you will see that I'm the One.
Cause I'll rise again, ain't no power on earth can keep me down. Cause I'll rise again, death can't keep Me in the ground.
Thought for Today: Don't be a dormant Christian.