Missionaries Dathan and Allison Marshall write in their monthly update:
Job 1:1 – “There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil.”
There is a quote which says, “Men love everything but righteousness and fear everything but God.” In the Bible verse above, Job is described as a man who feared God, which resulted in him developing good character. In general, there are two specific results of fearing God in our lives: loving that which is good and righteous, AND hating that which is sinful and evil. Today, we are living in the dispensation of grace, in which we are not under control of the Law of Moses, but are now under the administration of the grace of God. This period of time (dispensation) began for all of mankind thanks to God’s grace towards us in sending His one and only Son to shed His blood on a cross as the atonement (payment) for our sins. We were unable to keep and follow the Law of Moses. Therefore, we are now under the administration of God’s grace, which is God’s unmerited favor to mankind. This grace is a gift from God and is sufficient for salvation of all people, even though we all have disobeyed God’s law and have fallen short of His holy standards.
But here is the dilemma…because grace is freely given by God, often times we do not fear God the way that we should. There is something powerful about fear that will cause us to consider our actions, our thoughts, and our words. For example, you might be struggling with a specific sinful addiction, such as greed, lust, evil speech, gluttony, anger, etc., and you may be tempted to think that you are ‘getting away’ with your sin and that God will always forgive you each time by His grace. While the latter part of that statement is true (God’s grace towards us when we confess and repent), our sin does not happen without being seen by God or going without due punishment. Now, imagine that you have a camera watching you every second of every day…would that change what you do? Isn’t that why stores and parking lots have cameras…to prevent wrong actions by providing accountability? God IS watching, and God clearly has anger towards sin and evildoing (Romans 1:18). Job, an upright and blameless man, feared God…and the result…he shunned evil. Today, are you fearing the living God? Matthew 10:28 says, “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” We must fear God to guard our thoughts, our heart’s desires, our words, and our actions, so that we might not sin, but instead bring honor and glory to a holy and righteous God.
Please join us in praising God for His provision and His people, who have been excellent hosts during our travels and have blessed us with love and prayer. Please pray for some additional needs that we have to be fulfilled, preparations including paperwork, and our family as we recently experienced the homegoing of our grandfather, who was a godly man.
The above is a synopsis of their November update. To read the entire text, please visit http://marshallmissions.blogspot.com/.