Do not let a third party separate you from God

#DailyDevotion Sunday May 07, 2017
Do not let a third party separate you from God (Job 2:29-10)
Beware of any negative third party influence that might separate you from a relationship with God. We are relational beings. We relate as husband-wife, parents-children, teacher-pupil, employer-employee, boss-subordinates, doctor-patient, neighbours etc. Although there stands a gross benefit to our human relationships, we must ensure that they never, ever stand in our way to a relationship with God. Where there is a visible sign that our human relationships are tending to break our relationship with God, we must be very assertive to resist it. After Satan has “afflicted Job with painful sores from the sole of his feet to the crown of his head… his wife said to him, ‘Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!’ He replied, ‘you are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, not trouble?” (Job 2:7-10). Even in his emotional and physical pain, Job was able to resist a negative third party influence on his relationship with God. He stood firm because he knew that his “redeemer lives” (Job 19:25). There is a great cost to pay in safeguarding your relationship with God from a third party, it may take a tough rebuke to a loved one, it may lead to you being hated and rejected by your very own, it may lead to loss of a job, it may even lead to a very dangerous plot of death against one, and it may even take rejection of a popular opinion or view that is inconsistent with biblical values.  Yet those who know that their redeemer lives will stand firm without giving in for such a third party influence. You must guard your relationship with God by all means because human relationships, important as they may be, are very temporal. A relationship with God is eternal, ultimately bringing one to God’s eternal kingdom where we will be his children and he will be our God forever. Beware of any negative third party influence on your relationship with God. Rev. J

Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are taken from the New International Version (NIV).

Rev. Julius Izza Tabi is a pastor in the Anglican Church of Uganda, Ma’di & West Nile Diocese. Julius served as an assistant Chaplain and lecturer at the Arua Campus of the Uganda Christin University. He is currently a candidate of Master of Philosophy in Religion, Society and Global Issues at Det Teologiske Menighetsfakultet alias the Norwegian School of Theology, in Oslo, Norway. For pastoral assistance you can email him or check how you can reach him here and you can also help to support this site by donating here.

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