Category Archives: 18 – Job

Questioning God


Daily Bible Reading – Job 37,38; 1 Corinthians 12

Today’s Key Passage – Job 38:1-18

 

In much of the Book of Job, Job discussed what had happened to him with his friends.  Job spent most of his time wondering why he was made to suffer.  Job’s friends spent most of their time putting words in God’s mouth, and most of those words were wrong.  In chapter 38, God finally spoke to Job.  Instead of simply answering Job’s questions, God decided to ask Job a series of questions of his own.  Job (or any other human) could not possibly answer the questions God asked, and that was the point.  God was making the point to Job and his friends that He was completely sovereign and all-powerful.  God created the heavens and the earth without any help from anyone.  The earth and everything in it belongs to God.  Job could not understand all of the inner workings of God’s creation, because he was not there when God created the world.  If Job was unable to understand the creation itself, how could Job possibly understand God’s motives or what He was thinking?

We are all tempted to question God.  There are many times when we simply cannot understand why things are happening as they are.  In these times, we as humans tend to do one of two things.  Either we question God by asking Him why He is allowing this to happen, or we put words in God’s mouth by trying to explain His motives.  Sometimes, we try to do both.  God, however, does not need our help.  God does not need or want us to try to run the world.  God’s moral purposes are so complex that they are beyond human understanding.  How can we question God when we cannot understand things like His creation or the forces of nature?

The next time you feel tempted to question God or to try to explain His actions, remember this passage.  Remember that we were not there for creation.  Remember that we cannot explain the intricacies of this world.  Remember that we cannot explain how the wind blows or how storms move.  Most importantly, remember to trust God.  He has a plan.  He is in control.  He loves you and will always do what is best for you.  When we submit to God’s authority in our lives, we can rest in the knowledge that He will care for us completely.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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True Wisdom Comes Only From God


Daily Bible Reading – Job 28, 29; Galatians 1, 2

Today’s Key Passage – Job 28:20-28

People look for wisdom in strange places.  Some people seek wisdom from listening to people they respect.  Some seek wisdom from reading ancient philosophers. Others read self-help books or go to self-help seminars.  The problem with all of these things is the source.  Every leader, philosopher, author (myself included), and speaker have one thing in common – they are human.

After listening intently to his friends opinions about his current plight, Job understood the problem with human knowledge.  He understood that, though his friends meant well, they did not really have the wisdom they thought they had.  Because they were human, their wisdom was inherently flawed.

No single person or group of people can gain enough experience, knowledge, or insight to understand the totality of the human race.  A true understanding of everyone and everything, also known as wisdom, can only come from one source – God.  God’s wisdom is revealed to us through His Word and through prayer.  We can certainly gain some insight and knowledge by reading and having conversations with other people, but to truly gain wisdom we must seek it from God alone.  Ask Him for wisdom today, and He will surely provide.

 

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Are We Worthy?


Daily Bible Reading – Job 23, 24; Mark 11, 12

Today’s Key Passage – Job 23:1-10

 

For most of the Book of Job, Job’s “friends” accuse him of being a sinful man.  They argue repeatedly that God is punishing Job for his sins.  Job, however, knows that he is righteous before God.  In today’s key passage, Job wishes that he could only stand before God to defend himself, because he is confident that God would find him blameless.  He knows that given the opportunity, he would be, “delivered forever from [his] judge” (23:7) and would, “come forth as gold” (23:10).

We will all face God someday.  I recently read somewhere that the mortality rate in the world is currently 100%.  Everyone will die at some point, and everyone will have to face God to answer for all of the things they have done in their lives.  The hope is that when we stand before God on our final judgment day, He will say to us “Well done, good and faithful servant”, but I think a lot of people have doubts.

I have spent much of my life constantly facing these doubts.  I always worried that I was not worthy.  I worried that on the Day of Judgment, God would take one look at me and remember all of the bad things I had done in my life.  I worried that He would see me as a terrible sinner, and would proceed to name every one of the sinful things I ever thought, said, or did.  I worried that at the end of the list (which I am quite sure would take a while to get through) He would say to me, “I am sorry, but you just were not good enough and I cannot let you into Heaven”.  I feared this day, and I repeatedly begged God to have mercy on me.

Then I realized that my thinking was seriously flawed.  In fact, my thinking was downright unfaithful.  I was calling God a liar.  See, God makes it very clear in His Divine Word that this is not the way it works.  My salvation has nothing to do with my works on Earth.  The moment I declared Jesus as the Lord of my life and invited Him into my heart, I was saved.  From that second on, my salvation was secured.  I no longer had to worry about “if” I would go to Heaven.  God’s Word says that is guaranteed!  While I certainly deserve for God to look at me as a terrible sinner, instead when He looks at me all He sees is the perfection of Jesus.  He sees me through the “rose-colored glasses” of the blood of Christ.  I am saved by His grace.  I am saved by what He did.  It has nothing to do with what I have done or not done.

We are all tempted at one time or another to feel guilty for what we have done in the past.  We are all tempted to feel that we are not worthy.  The simple truth is that none of us are actually worthy on our own, but by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, He has declared us as worthy.  When we come to the realization that we can absolutely believe what God has said and we have complete faith and trust in Him, we can finally leave all of our doubts about our worthiness at the Cross of Christ and feel secure in our salvation.  What a wonderful day that is indeed.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Weathering the Storm


Daily Bible Reading – Job 1, 2; Acts 6, 7

Today’s Key Passage – Job 2:1-10 

Stories of bad things happening to good people constantly bombard us.  Many people believe that God should shield good people from the bad things in life, and that if He really loved us He would not allow these bad things to happen.  We must realize, however, that the bad things that happen today are all due to a series of events that began in the Garden of Eden when Eve ate the apple.  Man’s rebellion from God changed a perfect world into an imperfect one.  While God is more than capable from putting an end to all of the suffering in the world today, that is not His plan.  It is difficult for our human minds to understand God’s plan sometimes, but that is because a human mind can never fully comprehend God.

God knew that Job was a good man.  He viewed Job as “blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil”. (2:3)  Satan argued that Job was only faithful to God because God had been so good to him and had never given Job a reason to lose his faith. (2:4-5)  God, fully knowing what the outcome would ultimately be, allowed Satan to test Job. (2:6)  In the first test (1:6-22), Job lost his possessions and his family.  In the second test (2:7), Satan inflicted physical pain on Job.  Throughout the tests, Job remained faithful to God.  Even when Job’s wife chided him for staying faithful to God, he continued to be blameless.  Job told his wife “Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” (2:10)  Job knew that while it is easy to be faithful to God during good times, it is the mark of a truly good man to be faithful during bad times.

In the face of adversity, clinging to God is the only way to weather the storm.  Do not give up on Him.  The enemy uses these bad times as the perfect opportunity to try to test our faith.  We learn from the story of Job that Satan is only allowed to do what God lets him do, and God will never let him give us more than we can handle.  Stay faithful to God in the good times and the bad, and live a life blameless and upright in His sight.

 During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Questioning God


Daily Bible Reading – Job 37,38; 1 Corinthians 12

Today’s Key Passage – Job 38:1-18

 

In much of the Book of Job, Job discussed what had happened to him with his friends.  Job spent most of his time wondering why he was made to suffer.  Job’s friends spent most of their time putting words in God’s mouth, and most of those words were wrong.  In chapter 38, God finally spoke to Job.  Instead of simply answering Job’s questions, God decided to ask Job a series of questions of his own.  Job (or any other human) could not possibly answer the questions God asked, and that was the point.  God was making the point to Job and his friends that He was completely sovereign and all-powerful.  God created the heavens and the earth without any help from anyone.  The earth and everything in it belongs to God.  Job could not understand all of the inner workings of God’s creation, because he was not there when God created the world.  If Job was unable to understand the creation itself, how could Job possibly understand God’s motives or what He was thinking?

We are all tempted to question God.  There are many times when we simply cannot understand why things are happening as they are.  In these times, we as humans tend to do one of two things.  Either we question God by asking Him why He is allowing this to happen, or we put words in God’s mouth by trying to explain His motives.  Sometimes, we try to do both.  God, however, does not need our help.  God does not need or want us to try to run the world.  God’s moral purposes are so complex that they are beyond human understanding.  How can we question God when we cannot understand things like His creation or the forces of nature?

The next time you feel tempted to question God or to try to explain His actions, remember this passage.  Remember that we were not there for creation.  Remember that we cannot explain the intricacies of this world.  Remember that we cannot explain how the wind blows or how storms move.  Most importantly, remember to trust God.  He has a plan.  He is in control.  He loves you and will always do what is best for you.  When we submit to God’s authority in our lives, we can rest in the knowledge that He will care for us completely.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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True Wisdom Comes Only From God


Daily Bible Reading – Job 28, 29; Galatians 1, 2

Today’s Key Passage – Job 28:20-28

People look for wisdom in strange places.  Some people seek wisdom from listening to people they respect.  Some seek wisdom from reading ancient philosophers. Others read self-help books or go to self-help seminars.  The problem with all of these things is the source.  Every leader, philosopher, author (myself included), and speaker have one thing in common – they are human.

After listening intently to his friends opinions about his current plight, Job understood the problem with human knowledge.  He understood that, though his friends meant well, they did not really have the wisdom they thought they had.  Because they were human, their wisdom was inherently flawed.

No single person or group of people can gain enough experience, knowledge, or insight to understand the totality of the human race.  A true understanding of everyone and everything, also known as wisdom, can only come from one source – God.  God’s wisdom is revealed to us through His Word and through prayer.  We can certainly gain some insight and knowledge by reading and having conversations with other people, but to truly gain wisdom we must seek it from God alone.  Ask Him for wisdom today, and He will surely provide.

 

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Are We Worthy?


Daily Bible Reading – Job 23, 24; Mark 11, 12

Today’s Key Passage – Job 23:1-10

 

For most of the Book of Job, Job’s “friends” accuse him of being a sinful man.  They argue repeatedly that God is punishing Job for his sins.  Job, however, knows that he is righteous before God.  In today’s key passage, Job wishes that he could only stand before God to defend himself, because he is confident that God would find him blameless.  He knows that given the opportunity, he would be, “delivered forever from [his] judge” (23:7) and would, “come forth as gold” (23:10).

We will all face God someday.  I recently read somewhere that the mortality rate in the world is currently 100%.  Everyone will die at some point, and everyone will have to face God to answer for all of the things they have done in their lives.  The hope is that when we stand before God on our final judgment day, He will say to us “Well done, good and faithful servant”, but I think a lot of people have doubts.

I have spent much of my life constantly facing these doubts.  I always worried that I was not worthy.  I worried that on the Day of Judgment, God would take one look at me and remember all of the bad things I had done in my life.  I worried that He would see me as a terrible sinner, and would proceed to name every one of the sinful things I ever thought, said, or did.  I worried that at the end of the list (which I am quite sure would take a while to get through) He would say to me, “I am sorry, but you just were not good enough and I cannot let you into Heaven”.  I feared this day, and I repeatedly begged God to have mercy on me.

Then I realized that my thinking was seriously flawed.  In fact, my thinking was downright unfaithful.  I was calling God a liar.  See, God makes it very clear in His Divine Word that this is not the way it works.  My salvation has nothing to do with my works on Earth.  The moment I declared Jesus as the Lord of my life and invited Him into my heart, I was saved.  From that second on, my salvation was secured.  I no longer had to worry about “if” I would go to Heaven.  God’s Word says that is guaranteed!  While I certainly deserve for God to look at me as a terrible sinner, instead when He looks at me all He sees is the perfection of Jesus.  He sees me through the “rose-colored glasses” of the blood of Christ.  I am saved by His grace.  I am saved by what He did.  It has nothing to do with what I have done or not done.

We are all tempted at one time or another to feel guilty for what we have done in the past.  We are all tempted to feel that we are not worthy.  The simple truth is that none of us are actually worthy on our own, but by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, He has declared us as worthy.  When we come to the realization that we can absolutely believe what God has said and we have complete faith and trust in Him, we can finally leave all of our doubts about our worthiness at the Cross of Christ and feel secure in our salvation.  What a wonderful day that is indeed.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Job’s Hope


Daily Bible Reading – Job 13, 14; Acts 17, 18

Today’s Key Passage – Job 14:7-17

 

In the days of the Old Testament, there was not much talk about the resurrection of the dead.  At this point in history, Jesus Christ had not yet lived as a man, died, and been resurrected, so there was a lot of pessimism about what happens to a man after death.  If you know the story of Job, you know that he was dealing with a lot of turmoil, both physically and mentally.  This pain was not due to anything he had done wrong as some of his friends believed, but he still had to deal with it.  In today’s key passage, we can clearly see some of Job’s pessimism about death, but more importantly, we can also see Job’s hope for eternal life.  Given Job’s current pain and suffering, he was hoping for life after death.  He was hoping for a time when he would be renewed and when his sins would be forgotten.  In John 14:19, Jesus said, “Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me.  Because I live, you also will live.”  Obviously, Job did not know about this because it had not yet happened, but Job still had hope that this would come to pass.

We have a distinct advantage over Job.  We no longer have to hope for eternal life.  We do not have to wonder about what will happen when we die.  We have God’s Word that tells us exactly what will happen.  We know about the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and we know what that means for us.  Aside from John 14:19, we can also look to other areas of the bible that tell us exactly what Jesus said about the subject.  Here are two of the many examples:

“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.” (John 5:24)

“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” (John 3:36)

We have God’s divine Word that tells us that we CAN have eternal life.  If we choose to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and if we repent of our sins, we can all be saved.   How powerful is it that we can move outside of just “hoping” for something to happen and it can instantly become truth.  Do you know people who are still “hoping” for eternal life?  Are there people in your life who do not know about the promise of Jesus Christ?  YOU can help them today.  YOU can help them move past hoping to truth.  YOU can share with them the gift of God’s mercy.  YOU can tell them what Job could only hope for – that they can live forever with Jesus Christ.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Weathering the Storm


Daily Bible Reading – Job 1, 2; Acts 6, 7

Today’s Key Passage – Job 2:1-10 

Stories of bad things happening to good people constantly bombard us.  Many people believe that God should shield good people from the bad things in life, and that if He really loved us He would not allow these bad things to happen.  We must realize, however, that the bad things that happen today are all due to a series of events that began in the Garden of Eden when Eve ate the apple.  Man’s rebellion from God changed a perfect world into an imperfect one.  While God is more than capable from putting an end to all of the suffering in the world today, that is not His plan.  It is difficult for our human minds to understand God’s plan sometimes, but that is because a human mind can never fully comprehend God.

God knew that Job was a good man.  He viewed Job as “blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil”. (2:3)  Satan argued that Job was only faithful to God because God had been so good to him and had never given Job a reason to lose his faith. (2:4-5)  God, fully knowing what the outcome would ultimately be, allowed Satan to test Job. (2:6)  In the first test (1:6-22), Job lost his possessions and his family.  In the second test (2:7), Satan inflicted physical pain on Job.  Throughout the tests, Job remained faithful to God.  Even when Job’s wife chided him for staying faithful to God, he continued to be blameless.  Job told his wife “Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” (2:10)  Job knew that while it is easy to be faithful to God during good times, it is the mark of a truly good man to be faithful during bad times.

In the face of adversity, clinging to God is the only way to weather the storm.  Do not give up on Him.  The enemy uses these bad times as the perfect opportunity to try to test our faith.  We learn from the story of Job that Satan is only allowed to do what God lets him do, and God will never let him give us more than we can handle.  Stay faithful to God in the good times and the bad, and live a life blameless and upright in His sight.

 During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Questioning God


Daily Bible Reading – Job 37,38; 1 Corinthians 12

Today’s Key Passage – Job 38:1-18

 

In much of the Book of Job, Job discussed what had happened to him with his friends.  Job spent most of his time wondering why he was made to suffer.  Job’s friends spent most of their time putting words in God’s mouth, and most of those words were wrong.  In chapter 38, God finally spoke to Job.  Instead of simply answering Job’s questions, God decided to ask Job a series of questions of his own.  Job (or any other human) could not possibly answer the questions God asked, and that was the point.  God was making the point to Job and his friends that He was completely sovereign and all-powerful.  God created the heavens and the earth without any help from anyone.  The earth and everything in it belongs to God.  Job could not understand all of the inner workings of God’s creation, because he was not there when God created the world.  If Job was unable to understand the creation itself, how could Job possibly understand God’s motives or what He was thinking?

We are all tempted to question God.  There are many times when we simply cannot understand why things are happening as they are.  In these times, we as humans tend to do one of two things.  Either we question God by asking Him why He is allowing this to happen, or we put words in God’s mouth by trying to explain His motives.  Sometimes, we try to do both.  God, however, does not need our help.  God does not need or want us to try to run the world.  God’s moral purposes are so complex that they are beyond human understanding.  How can we question God when we cannot understand things like His creation or the forces of nature?

The next time you feel tempted to question God or to try to explain His actions, remember this passage.  Remember that we were not there for creation.  Remember that we cannot explain the intricacies of this world.  Remember that we cannot explain how the wind blows or how storms move.  Most importantly, remember to trust God.  He has a plan.  He is in control.  He loves you and will always do what is best for you.  When we submit to God’s authority in our lives, we can rest in the knowledge that He will care for us completely.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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