By Peggy Harris
“Did you notice my servant Job?” the Lord asked. “There is no one on earth as faithful and good as he is. He worships me and is careful not to do anything evil.”
Satan replied, “Would Job worship you if he got nothing out of it? You have always protected him and his family and everything he owns. You bless everything he does, and you have given him enough cattle to fill the whole country. But now suppose you take away everything he has – he will curse you to your face?”
“All right,” the Lord said to Satan, “Everything he has is in our power, but you must not hurt Job himself.” So Satan left. Job 1: 8 – 12 Good News Bible In the book of Job a conversation occurs between God and Satan have. Satan accuses Job of not loving God but only worshiping Him out of fear.
This is also what he does with each of us. He comes to each of us and tells us we cannot worship or have a relationship with the Holy God because we are too evil and too sin-stained. He tells us that if we think we can approach the great God of Heaven then we must clean ourselves up first, knowing full well that we can never do that.
So we try and try and may get some cleaning up done here and there but there is always more than we can handle. Then we become discouraged, thinking that this is a hopeless job and we will never be good enough for God to love us.
Amazingly God sends the Holy Spirit to softly, gently woo us into God’s presence. If we will just follow we then find ourselves before God’s holy throne. There is all our shame and filth we tremble at being in the glorious light of God. There are no dark shadows to hide in. There is no place to hide, period! But there is someone standing with us, Jesus. As we are just there in this awesome place, we begin to feel a change coming over us. Gently and carefully God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) are cleaning us up. God does not any dirt escape the process nor does He rough over our scabs and sores of sin. Little by little the change continues. As long as we stay in God’s care we continue to experience the healing cleansing process of salvation, renewal and regeneration.