Pastor Letter for June 2017
Dear Members and Friends
Cheers! We into winter 2017, with a cool start we praise the Lord for sunshine and all beauty of God around us. This winter time let us focus on seasons of change. Winter is cold and it can associate with pain, sickness and many other unpleasant circumstances. However, let’s look at the book of “Job” as he went through spiritually winter time in his life. Regardless of his wealth, devotions, character, and good health Job was considered by God as His faithful and blameless servant Job 1:6-8 “, 6 One day the angels[a] came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan[b] also came with them. 7 The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.” 8 Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” God knows how Job relates to Him and all his people, to his family, friends and servants, whether he knows it or not in God’s record of him was very impressive and even can be tested by Satan, God’s confidence on Job was very firm not only in testing of his wealth and family but also on his physical health too. Job’s confidence and faith in God cannot be shaken by Satan or even his own wife and his religious and well informed friends. James recorded in his letter James 5:11New International Version (NIV) 11 As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy. Job didn’t give up on God and keep on going with the hope and confidence in God and his sincere faith. Job remained in God by looking up to the truth and righteousness of the promises. His friends focus on Job’s problems, his sins and accused him of being judged by God because of all his wrong doings but Job stood firm in the living Lord by giving statement like this Job 19:25New International Version (NIV) 25 I know that my redeemer[a] lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. [b] Job’s faith and reliance on knowing God personally, proved that all of his friends accusations were wrong and God’s double portions of blessings given to him in the end. After the Lord had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has. 8 So now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly. You have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has.” 9 So Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite did what the Lord told them; and the Lord accepted Job’s prayer. You may be going through winter time spiritually but looking into the story of Job we can learn and go forward with our relationship to Him with faithfulness, our confidence in God to remain in Him when everything around is frozen or shaken and at the end God will prove Himself in our lives with His double blessings because God has the last say in all areas of our lives. Job 42:12 The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys. 13 And he also had seven sons and three daughters. 14 The first daughter he named Jemimah, the second Keziah and the third Keren-Happuch. 15 Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job’s daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers. 16 After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. 17 And so Job died, an old man and full of years. Have a blessed and exciting Winter 2017.
Shane khin (Pastor Burmese Christian Church Sydney)