Old Testament In a Year: January 25 – Job 41, 42

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Job 41, 42
Focus Verse: “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. – Job 42:2

Nothing is too hard for God. When you recognize that all power and wisdom and majesty belong to Him, then it will be easy for you to believe that God can do all things.

Omnipotent is His second name.

He can do anything and everything. No one can stop Him. No one can prevent His plans or His purposes from coming to pass. This includes the plans and purposes He has designed for you. Not even your mistakes can prevent them from being accomplished in your life.

Whatever God wills, He executes. When God thinks, things happen. When God speaks, the nonexistent comes into existence.

Old Testament In a Year: January 24 – Job 38, 39, 40

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Job 38, 39, 40
Focus Verse: “Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty? He who argues with God, let him answer it.” – Job 40:2

Something goes wrong in your life and you point an accusing finger at God. Blame Him. Doubt Him. Question Him.

The one who was made is ready to boss its Maker. The creature prepares to contend with its Creator.

But can you first answer His questions?

When the foundation of the earth was laid, were you there? When the morning stars sang, did you give them their song? When the sons of God shouted, were you the cause of their joy? Did you set the limits for the sea or make clouds to hold the rain? Did you create storehouses to hold the snow and the hail? Did you give birth to the ice or the frost or the dew? Can you guide the stars in the sky? Can you provide food for lions? Do ravens cry to you for help? Did you give the ostrich her swiftness or the horse his might? Is it because of you that hawks soar and eagles mount up?

No, to all of the above. No.

Only God can answer in the affirmative. So, do you still wish to boss Him? To contend with Him? To set Him in His place? To tell Him how He should run His world?

Drop your finger. Lay down your sword and your shield. Give your blame a rest. Let belief replace your doubt. Proceed no further with your questions until you are able to answer His.

Lay a hand on your mouth and stand in silence, in awe before God Almighty.

Old Testament In a Year: January 23 – Job 36, 37

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Job 36, 37
Focus Verse: “Hear this, O Job; stop and consider the wondrous works of God. – Job 37:14

Stop. Wait a minute.

When was the last time you considered the majesty of God, the greatness of God, and His wondrous works?

Lightning and thunder. Snow and rain. Whirlwind and ice. Clouds and waters. Wonder after wonder. Awe upon awe. The ordinary miracles of life.

Stand still. Be quiet. Consider the works of God. In doing so, you will come to know Him better. You will learn to trust more in His providence. Instead of questioning what you do not know or see, you will admire and respect what you do see and know. You will be drawn closer to your Maker and your Maker will be drawn closer to you.

In every unfolding wonder of nature, take time to read the Author’s story and view the Artist’s work.

Old Testament In a Year: January 22 – Job 34, 35

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Job 34, 35
Focus Verse: Of a truth, God will not do wickedly, and the Almighty will not pervert justice. – Job 34:12

God is good.

The idea of engaging in wickedness is far from Him. The thought of doing wrong never crosses His mind. Not only does God not want to do wickedly or act unjustly; He will not do so, cannot do so.

Even when you do wrong, God is good.

Even when bad things happen, God is good.

Even when injustice takes place and darkness blots out light, God is good.

Even when you cannot see His glory or feel His grace or experience His goodness, God is still good.

Everything that God has ever done, is doing now, and will do in the future, is a result of His goodness. His afflictions are not meant to harm, but to heal. His wrath is wrapped in love. His judgment is a reflection of His righteous character. God is so good that He brings good out of evil, beautifulness out of brokenness, peace out of pain.

God is good all the time. And all the time, God is good.

Truly, God will not do wrong. The Almighty will not twist justice.

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.