The Joy of Glory

Discovering endless joy in the boundless glory of God…

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Lent Devotional: Job 21

Job 21 (click here)
[The wicked] spend their days in prosperity, and in peace they go down to Sheol. 14 They say to God, “Depart from us! We do not desire the knowledge of your ways. 15 What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? And what profit do we get if we pray to him?” (Job 21:13-15)

Job is once again rebuking his friends and pointing out holes in their tight knit theodicy. Again and again he claims that the wicked do not always experience punishment for their sins, but are often prosperous in this life. Do we not see this played even today?

All around us, people prosper through lying, cheating, oppressing, etc. Dishonesty has become considered necessary if one wants to succeed in gaining power or wealth. Even more than that, how often have you seen someone be successful who has no regard for God… or perhaps they even mock him! Yet, their success seems to have no end.

Without meaning to do so, Job is actually highlighting for us another tactic of Satan to keep people from worshipping the Lord, namely, prosperity. Throughout this book, we have watched Satan use pain to try and get Job to curse God, but I think Satan actually uses prosperity for this purpose even more so than pain.

Perhaps the entire reason he brought pain into Job’s life was that Job was not distracted from worship of the Lord amidst all his original prosperity! Job points out to us that many people who are prosperous see no need for God. There is no purpose in serving him or praying to him, for they have everything they want and couldn’t imagine any more benefit from serving some deity.

This is what happens when we view our relationship with God as a means to some other end. If we only want God so that he will do “x” for us or give us “y” then if we already have it… we don’t need him… and if it is withheld or taken away… we curse him. Pleasure or pain brings our “relationship” with God to ruin when the foundation of that relationship is anything other than joy in God himself!

*The complete SVCC Lenten reading guide is available here.


Lent Devotional: Ecclesiastes 5

Ecclesiastes 5 (click here)
He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity. (Ecclesiastes 5:10)

There is a grievous evil that I have seen under the sun: riches were kept by their owner to his hurt, 14 and those riches were lost in a bad venture. And he is father of a son, but he has nothing in his hand. 15 As he came from his mother’s womb he shall go again, naked as he came, and shall take nothing for his toil that he may carry away in his hand. (Ecclesiastes 5:13-15)

“He who dies with the most toys wins!” Has there every been a larger lie than that? Solomon is right to point out that he who dies with the most toys loses…for he literally loses everything! Even if one doesn’t lose their wealth in a “bad venture” death takes it from them. We came into the world empty handed and that is how we will leave.

Wealth doesn’t satisfy our hearts in life or in death. The eternal answer to the question, “How much money does a person need?”…is always…just a little bit more. Like everything else Solomon has encountered so far, he knows that riches cannot ultimately satisfy because they are not ultimate…eternal. If we don’t lose our wealth in life, then we will in death.

Again, we see that we were made to be satisfied with the eternal, and eternal joy can only be found in one place…one person. Psalm 16:11, “…in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Only in Christ do we find eternal, unfading satisfaction. He is the only source of eternal wealth. He who dies with the most JOY wins…and eternal joy is found in Jesus.


*The complete SVCC Lenten reading guide is available here.

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