Focus Verse: See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse— (26)
A blessing and a curse is before us today too. If we choose to follow the straight and narrow path, God will bless us. If we disobey and choose to walk the broad and wide path, we will be cursed. Doing right isn’t always easy, but it is always worth it.
A few days ago we took a look at Job’s wife. Now we can look at Job’s second set of daughters. Besides the fact that they died, we don’t know much about the first three daughters of Job. We don’t even know their names. But chapter 42:12-16 tells us that after his misery was over, God blessed Job with three more daughters and “in all the land were found no women so beautiful” as them.
Focus Verse: He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. (3)
God tests us to see if we trust Him. He disciplines us because He loves us. He humbles us so we can depend completely on Him. He wants us to rely on Him to meet all of our needs because we do not truly live by material things alone, but by God’s Word.
Perhaps it is no wonder that the women were first at the Cradle and last at the Cross. They had never known a man like this Man—there had never been such another. A prophet and teacher who never nagged at them, who never flattered or coaxed or patronized; who never made arch jokes about them, never treated them either as ‘The women, God help us!’ or ‘The ladies, God bless them!’; who rebuked without querulousness and praised without condescension; who took their questions and arguments seriously, who never mapped out their sphere for them, never urged them to be feminine or jeered at them for being female; who had no ax to grind and no uneasy male dignity to defend; who took them as he found them and was completely unselfconscious.
– C. S. Lewis
Focus Verse: Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess. (33)
We may not understand why God has commanded us not to do certain things. We may not like all His rules and laws. But this is not our world. It is His. He created us, and He knows what is best for us. If we want to be blessed, we should walk in complete obedience to God. Our disobedience will only bring punishment instead of prosperity.
When God created woman, He made a very special creation. He made us beautiful and unique. He made us strong and resilient, gutsy and spirited, sassy and sweet. And He loves us. God really, really loves His girls. And the Bible is filled with many women – some good, some bad – all of who God made, who God loved, and who we can learn many lessons from.
Focus Verse: Sovereign Lord, you have begun to show to your servant your greatness and your strong hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do the deeds and mighty works you do? (24)
There is no one like our God. Words fail to describe all that He is and all that He is able to do. Truly, indescribable!
Story Scripture: For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. – 2 Timothy 1:7
Story Saying: Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless when facing them. – Rabindranath Tagore
Behind the Story: Oh, how splendid it would be if we did not know how to shudder! The boy in our story is a more than excellent example of what it means to live a life free from the binding grip of fear. He was confronted with a “ghost,” hanging dead men, and numerous evil spirits, but none of it made him afraid.
We don’t know exactly what ministry work Phoebe did (some say she was a deacon), but whatever it was must have been significant and executed with excellence. In Romans 16:1-2, Paul gave Phoebe high praise for her service. Here is what we can learn from her: