Suffering is Your Opportunity to Show Your Quality (Part 10)

Weaning On the Everlasting Arms

As much as we like to think we are leaning on the Everlasting arms, we very seldom are. So many are doing everything they can to accomplish their will in their way, that they are seldom caught in the act of seeking God’s will. But He has a plan for those who want to know Him better and deeper. He has made it clear that He wants you to be separated unto Him.

“Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate.” 2 Cor. 6:17.

When God came, He mingled with His children and had His being among us. He made Himself visible just not overly striking. He had set aside His glory, not considering equality with God something to be grasped. He was in the world, but not of the world. He made this clear when speaking to the religious leaders, “And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.” John 8:23. We too have this quality and trait, we are not of this world but we are in this world. We are among men but we are separated unto God for his purpose – that is the meaning of sanctification – separated for a special purpose.

We do not get to leave once we are born from above, at least not immediately. In fact Jesus prayed specifically to this end, “ I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.  They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.  Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.  As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.” John 17:15-18.

So how does God go about sanctifying us? He is weaning us from our worldly attractions and affiliations, separating us to Himself? If you are a son of God you are a pet project of His. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Eph. 2:10. The word translated workmanship is the Greek word poeima from which we get our word poem. We are His special creative masterpiece, His poem.

Contrary to popular opinion and thinking the sons of God are not made in the womb, in the seminary or the church. Son’s are made in the fire. They are processed through the trials and afflictions that are necessary to make a son. Even Jesus, “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered.” Heb. 5:8.

God’s processing of Job is as clear a picture as you will get of this with the exception the life and times of Jesus Christ, although if you check, you will see the Word riddled with this same story over and over again. God had given Job, and gives us, if we are a son, a mandate, an assignment – “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matt. 5:16. What is your good work? Being made conformable to the image of Christ in the fires of separation.

First Job was separated from the things of this world that he loved and enjoyed. God allowed – no, prodded Satan – to turn the heat up on Job. “Have you considered my servant Job?…” Then the satanic appeal, “Does Job fear God for no reason? Haven’t you made an hedge [of protection and blessing] around him and his house?”

So right here is the test. God allows Satan access to all that is dear to Job and outside him, his things and his family, to test and prove just what he is made of. He does this by separating Job from the things of this world. Do not think this strange. Get this clear in your head. This becoming like Christ is not a mere signing of the card at the church, saying the prayer and living happily ever after. Making a son of God is delicate, precise work. Work that requires very high heat.

It is very likely that you may have to leave some things behind: “And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s,  But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.” Mark 10: 29,30. Just saying…

“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:  But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.  If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.” 1 Peter 4:12-14.

So how is this a testimony and proof of your love for God? Listen in to the report regarding Shadrach, Meshech and Abednego, men familiar with the process of the fire and weaning from this world, “And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.” Daniel 3:27.

Job passed the test gloriously, like a true son would. “And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.” Job 1:21-22.

But that is not the end of the matter. “And there was a(nother) day… And the Lord said to Satan, Have you considered my servant Job… he still holds fast his integrity, although you moved me against him, to destroy him without cause.” Get that, Job did not do anything yet God is moving against him. This is the cost of confessing Christ, and here is the reward. “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.” Matt. 10:32. “He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” Rev. 3:5,6.

So now, the ultimate test is upon Job. “And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life. So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.” Job 2:6,7. God let Satan attack Job personally to within an inch of his life – and he did. Satan loves this stuff. He is always signing up for this job. For all practical purposes Job died to himself. First he denied himself, and now he took up his cross ad followed Christ. And was Satan able to destroy him? No, not even at the goading of his wife. (It is suspected that God left Job’s wife behind so she could be the ultimate test.)

“Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die. But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.” Job 2:9,10.

So Satan was allowed and used by God to separate Job from his things, his family, his very life yet in all this he did not sin with his lips (i.e. curse God and die – separate from God.)

It has been wisely said, “You will never know that God is all you need till He is all you have.” Separation from everyone and everything is part God’s calling for sons. Now you are weaning on the Everlasting arms, not your own provision, protection, pleasures or plans.

Suffering is your opportunity to show your quality.