Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 4, 2016

“Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.”

Today’s devotion comes from Job chapter 7.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Job+7&version=NASB

I quote only the followng verses.

“1 Is not man forced to labor on earth,
And are not his days like the days of a hired man?
2 “As a slave who pants for the shade,
And as a hired man who eagerly waits for his wages,
3 So am I allotted months of vanity,
And nights of trouble are appointed me.
4 “When I lie down I say,
‘When shall I arise?’
But the night continues,
And I am continually tossing until dawn.
5 “My flesh is clothed with worms and a crust of dirt,
My skin hardens and runs.
6 “My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle,
And come to an end without hope.

7 “Remember that my life is but breath;
My eye will not again see good.”  Job 7:1-7.

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Although such thoughts of the shortness of life and the troubles of life are sad, God causes such thoughts to arise for our good.

We should pray:  “Father, what are You teaching me?” 

God may be teaching us to set our mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.

“Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.  For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.”  Colossians 3:1-4.

“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;  who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.”  Philippians 3:20-21.

God may also be teaching to use our days on earth wisely, doing what is most important to seek His kingdom.   

“9 For all our days have declined in Your fury;
We have finished our years like a sigh.
10 As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years,
Or if due to strength, eighty years,
Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow;
For soon it is gone and we fly away.
11 Who understands the power of Your anger
And Your fury, according to the fear that is due You?
12 So teach us to number our days,
That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.”  Psalm 90:9-12.

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