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Reason 8: Worship Closes the Door to Sin and Iniquity

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Excerpt from Plugging Into Real Worship  by Andrew P Logan Sr.

Often we find ourselves tempted to sin when confronted with unpleasant, difficult, and grievous situations.  During those times, it is altogether too easy for us to miss the mark, set for us by Job.  As we look at the following illustration, we will see readily that worship closes the door to sin and iniquity.  Additionally, worship allows us to receive wisdom and discernment about situations both now and in the future.

“And a day came when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house.  And there came a messenger to Job and said, ‘The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them.  And the Sabeans fell on and took them away. Yea, they have killed the servants with the edge of the sword. And I only have escaped alone to tell you’. While he was still speaking, there also came another and said, ‘The fire of God has fallen from the heavens and has burned up the sheep and the servants, and destroyed them. And I only have escaped alone to tell you’. While he was still speaking, there also came another and said, ‘The Chaldeans made out three bands and swooped down upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and have killed the servants with the edge of the sword. And I only have escaped alone to tell you’.  While he was still speaking, there also came another and said, ‘Your sons and your daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house. And, behold, a great wind came from the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead. And I only have escaped alone to tell you.’” (Job 1:13-19)

 “And Job arose, and tore his robe, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground and worshiped.  And he said, ‘I came naked out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there. Jehovah gave, and Jehovah has taken away. Blessed be the name of Jehovah’.  In all this, Job did not sin, nor charge God foolishly.” (Job 1:20-22)

What an example Job set for us to follow!  Yes, he was moved with grief and sorrow as evidenced by his tearing his clothes.  Did Job allow those sentiments to drive him toward sin or act foolishly?  Indeed not.  We see that despite all that happened, Job sinned not.  He didn’t even blame God for what happened.

How did Job keep himself from sin and iniquity?  Job humbled himself in a manner demonstrating death-to-self (tearing his clothes), and the removal of self-adornment (shaving his head) for the purpose of preparing his heart for worship.  Job worshiped God knowing that it was the only response he could offer to a Holy God.  Job was confident God would remove his grief. It was this act of humility that kept Job’s heart pure and steadfast, allowing him to stay focused.

“And his wife said to him, ‘Do you still hold to your integrity? Curse God and die!’  But he said to her, ‘You speak as one of the foolish ones speak. What? Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?’ In all this, Job did not sin with his lips.” (Job 2:9-10)

 Don’t you love how empathetic Job’s wife was to his plight? I thank God for allowing us to see that people closest to us, often don’t understand us, our thoughts, feelings, or intents of our heart. Where else could Job go for comfort and consolation but to God?

Job also received other benefits from humbling himself and worshiping God that day.  God gave Job wisdom, understanding, and discernment regarding his wife’s heart.  We see that he refers to her speech as that of a foolish person.  In reviewing this passage with the help of Strong’s concordance, we see that the reference about his wife’s behavior in making the comment she did, included stupidity and wickedness.

Job recognized the trap formed by his wife’s words, yet he did not fall into it.  In fact, you’ll notice that Job kept his mouth shut (see Job 1:22) until the discernment came from God. Then, Job spoke the wisdom he received from God (see Job 2:10).  Job continued to keep his heart pure and steadfast before God. No matter what happened, Job did not blame God.   Job continued in keeping his composure without “venting”, ranting, raving, shouting, or cursing, even when provoked by his wife.

Job didn’t have the written word at that time to understand that God told satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power. Only do not lay your hand upon him.” (Job 1:12)  Apparently, everyone at that time thought good and bad came from God, yet verse 12 states that God gave authority over Job’s possessions to satan. Even though Job’s perception of God was that of One Who sent both good and evil, Job’s worship prepared him to receive whatever God allowed him to receive.  In responding to his wife, we can clearly see the wisdom and equity of God’s justice being expressed here. How many times have we failed to see and express similar sentiment as opportunities arise?  How can we prevent such failures in the future?

By worshiping God on a regular basis, we will position ourselves to receive the same benefits Job received.  These benefits are the ability to maintain a pure and steadfast heart in the face of adversity, wisdom and discernment regarding the traps our enemy prepares for us, the ability to speak only the wisdom of God, and staying focused on the goodness of God. Maintaining this posture before God will close the door to sin and iniquity in our lives so that temptations don’t overtake us.

About the Author:

Andrew Logan has been an integral part of worship for more than 20 years. Passionately, he escorts others into the Presence of God. Andrew maintains that worship invites God to meet with us to bring lasting life transformation that won’t come any other way.

Andrew developed a personal relationship with Jesus Christ during a time of intense struggle in his personal life. Having a strong passion for music, he served the Lord in music ministries in several churches. A few years later, the founder of Life Bible Ministries International, Dr. Harold Hagen ordained Andrew and asked him to lead worship there.

After a rewarding career of more than twenty years in Information Technology, he transitioned into full-time Pastoral Ministry. Andrew now serves as senior pastor of All Nations Word and Worship Center.

Author of Plugging Into Real Worship and Conectándose a la adoración verdadera

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