THURSDAY 21ST JAN., 2016
TOPIC: IT’S TIME TO MOVE ON
TEXT: Job 11:16 “Because you would forget your misery, And remember it as waters that have passed away,”
No matter how bad things may look, always remember the words, ‘it came to pass’, not ‘to stay’. Life doesn’t stand still; there will always be challenges. Don’t let challenges destroy your confidence; instead, use them as opportunities to grow. Once you’ve grown in the areas where God thinks you need additional maturity, the season you’re in will pass. Nothing lasts forever. Although it’s hard to believe at the time, ‘You will forget your trouble and remember it…as water gone by.’ One author writes: ‘To forget isn’t to develop amnesia, rather it’s to reach a place where the misery is pulled from the memory like poison is removed from an insect bite. Once it’s gone, healing is inevitable. The memory will become as “water gone by”.
When the water that’s flowing around your ankles today passes, you’ll never see it again.’. Similarly, ‘When people were bereaved in Old Testament times, those in mourning marked their faces with ashes. They allotted a specified season, after which they scrubbed up and moved on. How much healthier is that than this present time? We put on make-up, or a happy or stoic face, and prohibit people from having compassion and respecting the limits of where we are. We’re so busy hiding, we’re buried under ashes on the inside. God has come to call us to arise and shine for our light — Jesus has come (Isaiah 60:1). Ask Him to set your time limit, and be ready to wash your face.‘ Then move on for a press toward the mark for the price of the High calling of God in Christ Jesus. Apply this exhortation to your present situation and talk to Jesus in prayers for the next line of action to take. He is faithful.
MEDITATION: Job 11:17, Isa.65:16—17
STUDY THE BIBLE
LK 16/GEN 27:46-28:1-22/PSALM 21
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