When Feasting Runs Its Course
“And when the days of the feast had run their course, Job would send and consecrate them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, “It may be that my children have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did continually” (Job 1.5)
Interesting to me, is that Job does not forbid his children from feasting. Rather, he waits until they are done with the party and reminds them to be set apart (consecrated). The reason given is just in case they sinned by cursing God in their hearts. The last statement in the verse; “Thus Job did continually” also makes me think- “What did God’s example of an “upright and blameless man” do to raise such party animals?”. But that is a topic for another day. Now we focus on their consecration.
Soon, the holiday season will be complete (sorry to burst your bubble). Commonly, as Americans change calendars to a new year, we reflect on what lies behind and consider making changes in our lives to what lies ahead. To draw from Job, finish feasting and set yourselves apart for service (consecrate).
Notice, Job does say that he knows his children have sinned. Likewise, I make no accusation. Whether they have sinned or not, when the feasting is complete, it’s time to get back to work- and the preeminent matter at hand is being set apart for service. As a matter of our growth to more resemble the Christ, let us be ever more set apart for His service.
What can I do? Where can I be involved? How can I help? Whatever fits you best for this time in your life, be set apart for service. Personally, I want to quash temptations and sins that nag at my soul. In the past, I confided to a brother that I wanted time with Christians to “feel more like a celebration and less like a trip to a spiritual hospital” (where I was the patient). Also, I want to clean up some sermon delivery tactics that are not beneficial and develop better ways to engage with those receiving the message.
Consider, what ways would you like to grow spiritually this year? I know of a specific area that could use some addressing in all congregations: Each assembly, ask someone how you can pray for them. Not only will your prayer life improve, but your brethren will be edified and encouraged to do the same.