Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BILDERBACK: Acknowledge, worship and serve God

By DAVID BILDERBACK, Special to The Ottawa Herald | 7/12/2013

Why is it we should acknowledge God, worship God, and serve God?

In the book of Job, Satan tells God the only reason Job serves Him is because God has built a hedge around Job. In other words, as long as Job does what pleases God, he will prosper Job. Satan tells God if He would take the hedge down and remove His blessing from Job, that Job would not serve Him.

Why is it we should acknowledge God, worship God, and serve God?

In the book of Job, Satan tells God the only reason Job serves Him is because God has built a hedge around Job. In other words, as long as Job does what pleases God, he will prosper Job. Satan tells God if He would take the hedge down and remove His blessing from Job, that Job would not serve Him.

God allows Satan to test Job and the drama of Job’s troubles are well chronicled in the book. However, God does not abandon Job nor does Job abandon God.

Today we stand in the pulpit and preach concerning this same God: A higher power more powerful and dynamic than ourselves. We must serve this God. We must give of our time and our resources, literally of ourselves. And we must worship this God, being thankful for his blessings.

So how powerful is this God? In the book of Daniel, we read how King Belshazzar, the grandson of Nebuchadnezzar, took the scared goblets his grandfather had taken from the temple in Jerusalem and drank wine from them. Belshazzar refused to humble himself before God. God, through the prophet Daniel, pronounces judgment on him, saying, “But you did not honor the God who holds in his hand your life and all your ways” Daniel 5:23. That very night, Belshazzar, king of the Babylonians, was slain and the kingdom turned over to the Medes.

The Bible clearly states we are to serve God. In Mark 16:15-16, after his resurrection, Jesus addresses the 11 and issues this command: “Go into the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”

We also are to worship God. The single greatest commandment is, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all you soul and with all your mind.”

Job understood the difficulty in communicating with God. In Job 9:32, he says, “For he is not a man, as I am, that we should come to trial together.” Here Job touches on a profound truth that sinful man needs a mediator who can reach both God and man. In 1 Timothy 2:5, the Apostle Paul reconciles Job’s dilemma: “For there is one God and one mediator between God and man, the man Jesus Christ.

David Bilderback is a Greeley resident.

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