I love my children, but I am sure glad I don’t have to offer a burnt offering for each of them, for their sins, like Job. A lot of what the ancient Israelites had to do seems cumbersome in light of the society we live in today. That is the beautiful love of Christ. He took care of our sins once and for all, past, present and future, on the Cross.
Now, that doesn’t mean we are to continue in sin simply because all our sins have been forgiven. There are still consequences for sin. One of the greatest consequences is broken fellowship with God. Nothing can ever separate a believer from the love of God, but our fellowship with him is interrupted by the sin in our life. Yet, God remains faithfully gracious. He gives us the gifts of confession and repentance, which restores our fellowship with Him. And, the Holy Spirit is always available to help us confess and repent.
But, what really stands out for me in Job 1:5, is the regular habit of Job’s burnt offerings on behalf of his children. Burnt offerings were a sacrifice. Job had to literally give up the animals he offered, this was a monetary sacrifice. He had to give up what was most likely a large amount of his time, (he had ten children!), yet Job regularly prayed for his children, which deepened his relationship with God.
Ah, and maybe this is one of the reasons bold, audacious prayers for our loved ones and the Bride of Christ never leave our lips, prayer deepens our relationship with God, prayer draws us into a more intimate relationship with God. And, it is there in that intimacy that God reveals our wandering heart to us and desires to heal us.
Encouraging you to make prayer a regular custom.