I remember when my daughter was young I said to her, “Remember, Maddy–it’s important that you act like a Christian.”
Her wise response was so pure and sweet. “I don’t want to just act like a Christian,” she said. “I want to be a Christian.”
There’s a big difference between acting like a believer and living like one, isn’t there? One is merely saying we love God and the other is having a true love for God.
Trials have a way of proving our faith. The Bible says that suffering produces perseverance, and perseverance character. What it’s really saying there is that perseverance proves the validity of our character. It’s easy to say that we trust God, but will we trust Him when we’re tested and tried?We can say that we love God, but will we still love Him when things don’t go our way?
Job was a man who feared God and shunned evil. He had everything a man could possibly want, but was he truly faithful to God?
In Chapter 1, we see one trial after another. In one horrific swoop, he loses his servants, his live stock, and finally his children. And what does Job do? In verse 20 we read that he falls to the ground and he worships.
What does that tell us about Job’s character? It tells us that he was a man of integrity who truly loved God, while it proved how blameless and pure his faith was.
Job didn’t just act like a believer, he was a believer.
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Read Job chapters 1 & 2. Notice the words that God uses to describe Job. Compare this to Jobs reaction to his trials.
I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things I have given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you. (1 Chronicles 29:17, NIV)
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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