Thursday, 14 November 2013

GODLESSNESS RESULTS IN HOPELESSNESS

TEXT: JOB 8:11-13
“Can Papyrus grow tall where there is no marsh? Can reeds thrive without water? While still growing and uncut, they wither more quickly than grass. Such is the destiny of all who forget God; so perishes the hope of the godless.” (Job 8: 11-13).
The scripture tells us to love the lord with all our heart, soul, and spirit (Matthew 22:37). Nothing should take the place of God in our lives; we should live our lives to reference God. No plan or decision should be made without involving Him, in fact He should be the one to plan and make decision for us. Any decision and plan made without the involvement of God may result in regret, failure and frustration. The bible made us to know that we should trust the lord with all our hearts and lean not on our own understanding… Proverbs 3:5-6). If you think you are wise in your own eyes to take any decision without God, you need to think twice!
Calling on God for direction after you have made your decision and planned how to achieve it, is like putting the cart before the horse. Your first point of call before taking any step should be in God’s presence. Proverbs 3:6 says we should acknowledge Him in all our ways so that He would direct our path. If you don’t acknowledge Him by putting your plans before Him for approval, He will not direct you. God can only be committed to what He commanded.
Many of us in one way or the other had made decisions without God, and we have seen the repercussion. This may be as a result of ignorance, self will, disobedience to God, lack of patience, yielding to pressure from family and friends, desperation and so on.

Our text says Papyrus can’t grow without marsh and reeds can’t strive without water, without marsh and water papyrus and reeds will wither and die, “such is the destiny of all who forget God...V13. Taking God out of plans and decision will end up in frustration and struggling. Is God in your equation? Where is the place of God in that plan of yours? Without Him you can do nothing, submit yourself and your will to Him, He has a better plan for your life. Dwell on this verse. “That the mirth of the wicked is brief, the joy of the godless lasts but for a moment” (Job 20:5).

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