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What say you?

“The Lord said to Job: ‘Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him? Let him who accuses God answer him!’” Job 40-1-2

(Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading – Job 39-40 & 1 Corinthians 13-14)

In the previous two chapters God asked Job a slew of questions all of them itemizing marvels of God’s creation that no human could imagine creating.

In these chosen verses God directly confronts Job about whether or not he still wants to correct Him.

It was a totally humiliating moment for Job and he was quick to respond, “I am unworthy – how can I reply to you?”

If I am tuned into God’s greatness I will not look at anything that happens with the slightest thought that God missed that one or God got it wrong etc.…

God knows what He is doing and always has. My view of Him is so limited and limiting. I see through a glass darkly.

I must put my complete trust in Him. There is a God behind the scenes in total charge in what often seems chaotic from my view. Everything Job had was wiped out. He didn’t understand why and so he became angry at God for it. Now, after God has interacted with him, Job is humbled that he ever questioned God’s intentions.

I do not know what God has planned for me. I, in fact, do not even know how long I’ll be alive. I mention that because this AM while I was walking, I saw a trailer break loose on the roadway I was facing and veer across the sidewalk behind me at a very high speed. I was on that section of sidewalk two seconds earlier. The earthly span of my existence continues!

“Lord, You are in control of everything. I will never be able to fathom You. But I can thank You for what I know You had Jesus do for me on the cross. I thank You for the assurance of an after-life with You. Forgive me for ever questioning You. I love You, Father.”

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Who do you think you are?

“Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge?” Job 38:2

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Job 37-38 & 1 Corinthians 12)

Job wanted to connect to God so that he can explain that his suffering is for no reason. When it finally happens Job certainly gets an earful!

God’s answer is that Job knows little of what He does and understands even less. God’s point? I know what I’m doing and you never will. Put your trust in me without reservations.

How easy it is to wonder why things happen. How come a friend recently died from cancer? How come scoundrels around the world continue to slaughter believers?

This thinking narrows God to my parameters and that’s the problem. My parameters are miniscule. When I start to see God’s size, as He explained it to Job, I am struck by my limitations to understand things.

God doesn’t talk about things such as, “Where were you when the Red Sox won the World Series?” His questions relate to my understanding of where light comes from. I certainly don’t know the answer but I’m comfortable in my ignorance if I recognize that God created the heavens and the earth. There is an answer and God is it and has it.

Woe to those who will only believe what they can figure out. They have much to learn from Job’s experience.

“Lord, You are the Creator. I trust You. You know what is best. I ask for direction so that I can please You this day. Cleanse me of obstructions to my doing Your Will. Enable me to rightly represent You in every place I am today. Thank You, Father!”

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How little we know

“And these are but the outer fringe of his works.” Job 26:14

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Job 25-26 & Mark 15-16)

Job is talking about God’s marvels.

Not what you would expect from someone who has virtually lost everything.

Job is worried about the uncertainties about God but he recognizes God unfathomable power.

Job considers himself righteous and doesn’t understand how the calamities he’s faced are from God. He knows that God is capable of such things but Job doesn’t understand why they are happening to someone as righteous as he sees himself being.

It is impossible for me to over-estimate God. He is beyond any measure. Even His time is not my time. I am a clay pot and He is the potter. He does with me as He wishes.

Being a believer doesn’t eliminate me from suffering. I know, however, that my God is with me in any situation. That is comfort enough.

Can I be as effusive in praise to God in less-fortunate situations as well as pleasant ones? Job’s situation is terrible…………he has lost everything. Yet he knows that there is a God but like the psalmist David, he’s unhappy with his current situation. God is a loving Father. He hears all our cries………..and laughter.

“Lord, You are God of everything. I cannot sort out Your Ways. I can see bits and pieces of them, however. Forgive me for ever lessening You in thought and deed. I want to rightly represent You in everything. Help me to do just that, I beg. Guide me, O thou great Jehovah.”

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Are you blaming God?

n13“Would you discredit my justice?  Would you condemn me to justify yourself?”  Job 40:8

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Job 39-40 & 1 Corinthians 13-14)

Job is getting yet another dose of, “Are you sure you know what you’re talking about,” from God.

Job was sure that what was happening to him (in Job 1) was a mistake on God’s part.  Job felt that he didn’t deserve such treatment.

Sounds a lot like myself.  “Why Lord, is this happening to my family?  Don’t You know who I am?  I haven’t done anything to deserve such as this.”  And on and on it goes…

God is COMPLETELY in charge.  “His understanding no one can fathom,” including me!  I err every time I complain because my complaints are actually against God.  I rationalize that I deserve better because I am in His family.  There is no Scripture that validates that thinking.  None of the first disciples, except John, died of natural causes.

How I long for the time when I can think, “I thank You, Lord that You are in charge of what is going on,” instead of the current, “Why is this happening to me, Lord?”

“Father, forgive me for questioning You.  I have the opportunity to question You and plenty of the psalmists did it.  Most of the time, however, those psalmists ended with affirmations of You.  I affirm right now that You are in total charge.  I am just passing through wanting to honor You as I travel.  Empower me, I beg, to be Your right representative in all that I say and do.  To You be all glory and praise forever and ever!”

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You’re on your own

au 31“Even if these three men – Noah, Daniel, and Job – were in it, they could only save themselves by their righteousness, declares the Sovereign Lord.”  Ezekiel 14:14

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Ezekiel 12-14 & Revelation 5)

Ezekiel was prophesying doom for Jerusalem.  

Recalling Abraham’s bargaining over Sodom some thought that if there were righteous folks in Jerusalem then it would be spared.  This verse completely refutes that idea.  Even if three all-time greats were in Jerusalem it wouldn’t make a difference.

Because God is a loving God does not mean that judgment cannot happen.  I have a responsibility to be spiritually righteous.  There will be a Judgment Day.

Will those in my midst be exempt on Judgment Day because they’re in my family or in my neighborhood?  Not a chance!  My being saved won’t do them a bit of good if they don’t turn to God themselves.

I must desperately intercede for the godless in my midst.  They need a saving relationship with God.  Their destination, otherwise, is eternal separation from God.  Will their blood be on my hands?  It will be if Ezekiel 3 is to be believed!

“Lord, I am not getting the job done spiritually.  There is too much floating.  Too much counting on more time.  I need You in full charge of my life NOW.  Take me over, Father.  Fill me with Your love.  Fill me with urgency for the spiritual well-being of those in my midst who are ignoring You.   I need You 24/7.  Help me to walk hand-in-hand with You through the circumstances of this day.  I love you, Father!”

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Fair weather Christian?

“But now trouble comes to you, and you are discouraged; it strikes you, and you are dismayed.  Should not your piety be your confidence and your blameless ways your hope?”  Job 4:5-6

(Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading – Job 4-5 & Acts 8-9)

Eliphaz really puts the needle into his friend Job!

These words are reminiscent of the words used by those mocking Jesus at the crucifixion.

They are certainly cutting words and terribly unkind.

My pull from these verses is that my relationship with God must be genuine for all “seasons.”  Mine can’t be a good-times deal.

When trouble comes my way, I need to be just as convinced of God’s role in my life as I was when things went smoothly, as I define, “smoothly.”

God has a plan for me if I trust Him.  He never said that His plan would be easy to follow……but He did say that He would be with me if I follow Him.

When trouble comes, often I want to react badly to Him for what has happened.  I ignore Him and seek alternate ways out of dilemmas.  Silly me!

The Creator of the ends of the earth wants to lead me.  Why would I turn to counterfeit gods?

Job’s reaction to the terrible things that happened to him is understandable.  But in God’s strength, the reaction could have been Godly instead of what it was.  Easy for me to say.

“Jesus, I thank You for Your Word.  I thank You for the insights that pop out of it.  My relationship with You must be close enough so that I am cushioned from synchronizing it with life’s ups and downs.  I know that with You there is comfort.  I know that with You there is hope for the future.  There is no better place for me than to be in Your Will.  Guide me into it, O God, and help me along the way, I beg.”

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Your wisdom? (Job 39:26) – Robert Louis Stevenson

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Job 39-40 & I Corinthians 13-14)

“Does the hawk take flight by your wisdom and spread his wings toward the south?”  Job 39:26

What lessons are there for me in this Scripture?
God is in control.  We are nowhere near the controls.  There are so many things going on in the universe that show that God was not only a creator but a designer as well.  There is order and the order was not something created by any of us.  The creator/designer loves me. I have united myself with Him for eternity.  He elected me for no good reason.  He chose to die for me so that I wouldn’t end up eternally separated from Him.  He is in charge of everything.  I must be cognizant of His awesomeness.  I must create a list of His marvels.

Robert Louis Stevenson was born on November 13th.  God gave him the ability to write.

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Unlimited Power

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(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Job 26-27 & Mark 15-16)

“And this is only the beginning, a mere whisper of His rule. Whatever would we do if He really raised His voice!” Job 26:14

God has done amazing things, is doing amazing things, and will do amazing things. My knowledge is completely limited in describing the works of God. There is nothing He can’t do. I need not be overwhelmed in this life. If I am Godly, all things will work together for good. Reading Job reveals someone who lost everything in this world yet God was taking care of him. I must never overestimate the evil around me. God is ultimately in charge.

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God Is All and Knows All

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(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Job 11-12 & Acts 15-16)

“True wisdom and real power belong to God; from Him we learn how to live, and what to live for.”  Job 12:13

How can I drift away from God?  Everything I need is found in Him.  I must permanently align myself with Him.  If what Job says is true, and I believe it is true, there is no other option.  Only a fool would do otherwise.

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Confidence In God

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(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Job 3-4 & Acts 8-9)

“But shouldn’t your devout life give you confidence now?  Shouldn’t your exemplary life give you hope?”  Job 4:6

Being good doesn’t earn me something good.  God’s ways are not my ways.  He will do what He wants.  All things work together for good to them that love God.  The health and wealth gospel is wrong.  I am not assured of either as I walk with God.  He runs things.  My job is to please Him no matter what conditions my love for Him takes me into.  Getting something good, doesn’t mean that I’m any better than someone else spiritually.

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