November 25, 2020

Pastoral Nuggets: ‘Till My Change Come

Brother-Aaron-236x300Job 1:6(KJV) says, “Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and satan came also among them.”

I submit that if satan shows up among the sons of God as they are presenting themselves before the Lord, then it is no stretch of the imagination to believe that he will show up in the affairs of mankind.

As the story of Job unfolds we learn that God used Job to teach satan a lesson. He allowed satan to have his way with him.

The only thing God withheld from satan was Job’s life. Consequently, satan took his crops, cattle, wealth, children, and health from him. And I believe that in the midst of his troubles Job may have even contemplated suicide.

That’s why we read where Job asks in Job 14: 14, (KJV) “If a man die, shall he live again?…” (If I kill myself will I go to heaven?) But then he goes on to utter words that we should hold on to.

He proclaimed, “… all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.” Job knew that things would not always be as they were at that moment. He knew that in God’s time his change would come. So, he decided that he would simply wait on God and that sooner or later He would change him. And we know that in the end God blessed Job with more than he had to begin with.

As Job, when we find ourselves facing life’s difficult situations waiting on our change to come, the question becomes: What will we do in the mean time? What will we do when we’re stuck between things as they are now and as they shall be? What will we do when we’re stuck between our religion and our life? (Sometimes what we believe and what we do are two entirely different things) What will we do when we’re stuck somewhere between the valley and the mountain top?

You see, sometimes we’ll find ourselves standing in the rainstorms of life waiting for the clouds to break. Sometimes, we’ll find ourselves in life’s prison while we’re waiting on our parole. Sometimes, we’ll find ourselves in healings’ waiting room while our bodies are in the hospital room. So, what we do in the meantime while we’re waiting on our change to come, is what defines us!

In the meantime, ‘till our change come, we must remember that every 12:00 o’clock is not midnight, not every failure is fatal, every reversal is not a catastrophe, every difficulty is not a disaster, and every moment of adversity is not necessarily a forerunner of “gloom and doom.”

We must realize that the meantime – is our time to minister. So, we need to stop sitting around waiting on manna to fall from heaven and room service to bring us milk and honey! We need to stop griping about what somebody else didn’t do, what we don’t have, what hasn’t been done, and be up and about the ministry God has called us to do!

Like Job, if we lose everything we have – as long as we have Jesus we have enough to start over again! If we lose our money – our Father is rich in houses and land. All the gold is His. All the silver is His. And the cattle upon a thousand hills belong to Him too! If we lose our health – we’ve got a Doctor Who has never lost a patient and a Surgeon who can heal with His touch.

If we lose our home – we have one eternal in the heavens not made with hands!  If we lose our friends – we have a Friend that sticks closer than a brother! And if we lose our Family – as long as we have Jesus we have enough to start over with!

So, I’ve simply decided that whatever my lot in life, I’m gonna wait on God ‘till my change come – and in the meantime I’m gonna serve Jesus!  How about you?

Brother Aaron

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