Good Morning Brothers…
In a beef broth, with mixed vegetables and potato’s, a hunter adds his tag for whichever game animal he DID NOT harvest. This is the meal of a humbled hunter. We call it ‘tag soup’. When there isn’t venison, elk, or pork to add to the pot…we add our tag.
Last week I asked the question, “Do you ever feel like satan has a hunting tag for you?”
The reality is “Yes”…he does. The story of Job, recanted here last week, is testament to God’s power and sovereignty over all things. God is the governing authority over all spiritual hunting tags and will not allow our enemy to temp us beyond what we can bear. Here is the spiritual twist, all of it is more than we, by ourselves, can bear, but none of it is beyond what God can bear through us. Meaning…on our own, we will succumb to temptation. With God, we will be victorious over temptation. A passage in scripture that I take great solace in is 1 Peter 5:6-11:
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. To Him be dominion forever and ever. Amen.
We must humble ourselves, rely on God for everything, offer everything we have, we desire, and thankful praises to God in prayer. We must be wary and understand that we are hunted, but we can resist the bullets of the adversary by our faith. Our faith in the One able to save us from death. Also realize that we are not alone, our brothers and sisters across the world face the same battles with temptation and experience the same sufferings. After a period of time, in which we have cast all of our anxiety on Him, the God of all grace, love, and mercy, will make us complete in Christ, confirm and seal us in Christ, strengthen us to fight bigger battles for the sake of others, and establish us as preferred tools in His celestial toolbox.
Seriously…who doesn’t want that?
After 40 chapters of the suffering of Job, Job finally realizes that he is trying to persevere in his own strength. Job realizes he is questioning God’s plan and wisdom in his stubbornness and Job finally repents. The saga of Job’s suffering ends with these words from Job 42:10-17:
The Lord restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends, and the Lord increased all that Job had twofold. Then all his brothers and all his sisters and all who had known him before came to him, and they ate bread with him in his house; and they consoled him and comforted him for all the adversities that the Lord had brought on him. And each one gave him one piece of money, and each a ring of gold. The Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; and he had 14,000 sheep and 6,000 camels and 1,000 yoke of oxen and 1,000 female donkeys. He had seven sons and three daughters. He named the first Jemimah, and the second Keziah, and the third Keren-happuch. In all the land no women were found so fair as Job’s daughters; and their father gave them inheritance among their brothers. After this, Job lived 140 years, and saw his sons and his grandsons, four generations. And Job died, an old man and full of days.
Again…who doesn’t want that?
Let me end with this: Our goal is to press in to God, to seek Him, to praise Him, to worship Him with every sunrise and sunset, with every breath and every thought, with every laugh of a child and smirk of a beloved. Our goal is to cause our enemy to eat ‘tag soup’.