Old Testament In a Year: January 21 – Job 32, 33

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Job 32, 33
Focus Verse: He has redeemed my soul from going down into the pit, and my life shall look upon the light.’ – Job 33:28

Sorrow is not always caused by sin. God may allow you to be afflicted – in body, in emotions, in mind – for the improvement of your soul.

When you realize your helplessness, you also realize your need for a Helper. When you realize your weakness, you also realize your need for strength from above. When you realize your sinfulness, you also realize your need for a Savior.

Pain will push you closer to Christ. And the closer you get to Christ, the better your soul and spirit will be.

Once sorrow produces self-control and pain produces peace, then God will remove all afflictions because their intended work has been completed. God will redeem your soul from darkness, death, and destruction. He will restore you to righteousness. Your life will be filled with light.

Old Testament In a Year: January 20 – Job 30, 31

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Job 30, 31
Focus Verse: Did not he who made me in the womb make him? And did not one fashion us in the womb? – Job 31:15

Rich and poor. White and black. Master and servant. Male and female. You and me.

What do we all have in common?

The God who made you is the God who made me. The same God formed us both at the moment of our conception.

Regardless of a person’s status, they should be treated as God treats each and every one of us. With love and respect, concern and compassion, friendship and kindness.

It is God, not death, who is the great equalizer. In His sight, we all stand on level ground.

No one is inferior to another. No one is less than another. We have one Creator, the same Creator. He breathed into us the same breath, shaped us with the same dust, poured into us the same blood.

He created us because of the same reason – love. He created us for the same purpose – to glorify Him. He created us in the same image – His.

We are all His creatures. We are all the same kind of equal.

Old Testament In a Year: January 19 – Job 28, 29

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Job 28, 29
Focus Verse: And he said to man, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.’” – Job 28:28

Wisdom – where does it come from? Understanding – where can it be found?

God alone understands the way to wisdom and He alone knows where it can be found. The way to wisdom is also the way to God and understanding can be found in Him.

To fear God – to love and respect and obey Him; to believe in His justice when things are unjust and in His righteousness when things are wrong; to trust His light even when you are surrounded by darkness; to relinquish your imperfections to His perfection. This is wisdom.

To turn away from evil – to totally abandon sin; to hate evil and love good; to act justly and walk humbly; to strive to do right and tell the truth; to help the poor and be a parent to the parentless; to be eyes to the blind and feet to the lame. This is understanding. This is worth more than gold and silver. Neither crystal, jewels, nor pearls can equal it.

Wisdom – it comes from God. Understanding – it can be found in His goodness.

Old Testament In a Year: January 18 – Job 25, 26, 27

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Job 25, 26, 27
Focus Verse: He stretches out the north over the void and hangs the earth on nothing. – Job 26:7

What kind of God do you serve?

One who is mighty in power. One who’s majesty is unsearchable. One in whom is found all strength, wisdom, and knowledge.

He stretches the northern sky over empty space. He hangs the earth on nothing. What power!

He wraps water up in clouds. The clouds do not burst under the water’s weight. What strength!

He created the horizon on the oceans’ surface. It is a boundary between day and night, light and darkness. What wisdom!

Words alone fail to describe the full power of God. So, look around you. Look at the sky and the sea, the trees and the flowers, the mountains and the valleys. Look at the sun, the moon, and the stars.

Autumn, acorns. Awesome.

Bees, boulders, butterflies. Beauty.

Clouds, color, craters. Celestial.

Desert, dirt. Delight.

Earth, evergreens, earthquakes. Electrifying.

Fog, forests, floods. Fierce.

Glaciers, grasslands, gravity. Gorgeous.

Meteors, mountains, mushrooms. Magnificent.

Peaks, pines, and planets. Perfection.

Ridge, rivers, rocks. Resilient.

Shore, snow, streams. Stunning.

All of it is God’s majesty on display.

Then, take a look at yourself – intricately made, uniquely designed, beautifully put together. You too are God’s majesty on display.

Old Testament In a Year: January 17 – Job 22, 23, 24

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Job 22, 23, 24
Focus Verse: For he will complete what he appoints for me, and many such things are in his mind. – Job 23:14

At times, God is silent. You do not see Him. You do not sense Him. You do not feel His hand at work in your life.

Instead of being near, it appears that He is far away.

You go forward, but God is not there. You turn around and go backward, but God cannot be found. You turn to the left. Nothing. You turn to the right. Nobody. Even when you turn to Heaven, you do not see Him.

But He sees you. He knows where you are going, the road on which you travel.

His silence is a test. Hold on to His hand even when you cannot feel His grip. Follow His steps even when they are faint. Treasure His words even when they do not glitter. Then, you will emerge from the test as pure as gold.

You will hear His voice again, and it will be all the more sweeter. You will feel His presence, and it will be all the more powerful. You will see Him, and it will be all the more glorious.

God made His decision a long time ago to answer your prayers, to understand your heart, and to pay attention to your tears. No one can change His mind about you now. He desires to love you, and so He does.

The purpose He has for you will be fulfilled. The plans He has appointed for you will be completed. The good work that He started in you will be finished.

Women of the Word: Job’s First Daughters

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In previous posts, we wrote about four other women who were apart of Job’s life: his wife and his second set of three daughters, Jemimah, Keziah, and Keren-Happuch. Now, we’re checking out his first set of three daughters who are namelessly mentioned in the Bible. Before a series of unfortunate events happened to Job, he had a relatively good life and a very large family. Job 1:2 says, “He had seven sons and three daughters.”

On their birthdays, Job’s sons liked to hold extravagant parties with a lot of food and drinks. They would invite their sisters to their parties and eat and drink for a long period of time. At one such party, which was held at the oldest’s brothers house, the brothers and sisters were eating and drinking and having a good old time when a mighty desert wind hit the house and caused it to collapse. Sadly, all of them died. What can we learn from the lives of three sisters who came to such a swift and unexpected end? Continue reading

Old Testament In a Year: January 16 – Job 20, 21

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Job 20, 21
Focus Verse: He will fly away like a dream and not be found; he will be chased away like a vision of the night. – Job 20:8

The jubilation of those who do wrong is short-lived. The joy of those who fail to fear God only lasts a moment. They rise, then fall. Vanishing like a dream, fading away like a mirage.

Wealth gained from wickedness lasts only a short time. Pleasures gained from evil soon turn to displeasure and misery.

But you will remain forever. You will shine like the brightness of the sky above, like the stars forever and ever. Your goodness will be like light at dawn, that grows brighter and brighter until full day.

Old Testament In a Year: January 15 – Job 17, 18, 19

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Job 17, 18, 19
Focus Verse: For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. – Job 19:25

In a world of uncertainty, who can you be certain of?

Perhaps you feel estranged from some family members. Maybe a few relatives have failed you. Friends who used to be close have now forgotten you. Those you loved, have turned against you.

Of this you can be sure. Your Redeemer lives. He will not only live in the distant future. He is living right now, in the present, at this moment.

Consider your Redeemer yours. He has a vested interest in you. He will be powerful for you. He will plead your cause. He will right all wrongs done against you. He will save you.

When you depart this life, you will see your Redeemer face to face. You will see Him for yourself.

From Him, you will never feel alienated. He will never fail you. He will never forget you. He will always love you. Never turn against or away from you. In the end, He will rise over the dust and stand on the earth.