Today’s bible study is from Job 22:21: Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you.
Job tells the biblical secret to prosperity, something most of us seek throughout our lives. If we have not attained it, perhaps we have been seeking in some of the wrong places. Submit is never a word that goes down easily. It’s very hard for many modern women to feel that they need to be submissive to anyone. The New King James Version words this passage a bit differently, instructing us not to ‘submit to’ but to ‘acquaint ourselves with.’ That is much more palatable. So, let us acquaint ourselves with God and be at peace with Him.
Acquainting ourselves with God sounds easy, but may take a lot of time and practice. It’s not like being introduced to someone, shaking their hand and remembering their face. It’s getting to know God on a spiritual level, a level that can only be reached through belief and prayer. Often, a relationship that can best be nurtured in solitude and silence. Many acquaint themselves with Go through meditation, writing, reading, questioning, sharing with other Christians and prayerful moments.
For me, the best time to reaffirm my acquaintance with God is early in the morning when I see the sunrise. As I sit in silence, meditating upon the vastness of the universe and the glory of the sunrise, I feel at one with God and with His creation. I feel at peace and best able to commune with the Holy Spirit. Each of you will, undoubtedly, find your own place. It may be in a church, while reading this column or your bible, while you are settling for a restful sleep, or when you are fishing on a lake. What works best for one may not work well for another.
The final line of this verse truly causes me a problem. I have always been one to not believe in prosperity Christianity. Yet, Christianity can give us prosperity in love, forgiveness, grace and prayer. Prayer has helped more people that we will ever know. Great things are possible through prayer, whether individual, group or intercessory. God can accomplish the impossible and, through God, sometimes a tiny speck of the impossible is accomplished through prayer. People have been healed and made strong. Lives have been prolonged. Addicts and alcoholics have become sober and changed their lives. The power of prayer and belief in God is beyond our wildest dreams. It is enormous, all encompassing and all powerful. Let us be aware of that awesome power and use it to the service of one another and to Christ our Lord.