« August 30th readings | Main | Prayers & Support for victims of Hurricane Katrina »

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Wonderful Scriptures from JOB.

God answers with a set of questions. Awesome. No one else can answer those questions except the One who made it.

Those scriptures shows How WISE, How Mighty ... Man, Our God is AWESOME GOD.

2 Corin 4:16-22

The God's advice on focus is the problems but on the problems producing fruits of immeasurably glory.
I guess I ll have to look at my problems in this light.

Psalms,
Mike, that is really good that you mentioned about reality in prayer.
People recite and say prayer by rote.
But Honestly from heart, That is real prayer


Proverbs,

Even in the best of days, We might say all excuses just to cover our laziness,
God make us to realise when we do that.

Bless us ALL,
Amen

JOB 38

VERSES 1 through 6
"Then the LORD answered Job from the whirlwind: "Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorant words? Brace yourself, because I have some questions for you, and you must answer them. "Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me, if you know so much. Do you know how its dimensions were determined and who did the surveying? What supports its foundations, and who laid its cornerstone as the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?"

This is exactly why, even if we are right in the truth we believe, we need to be humble before our Loving Lord and others. For the attitude of the heart is more important than the truth known. Of course, one cannot actually truly, sincerely believe the truth without the proper humility of heart—but pride is always a caution to guard against.

2 CORINTHIANS 4

VERSES 16 through 18
"That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are quite small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us an immeasurably great glory that will last forever! So we don't look at the troubles we can see right now; rather, we look forward to what we have not yet seen. For the troubles we see will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever."

I like the meditation from the website, hebrew4christians.com, which is a Messianic Jewish website enabling Christians to glean from the richness of our Jewish roots. It relates directly to this point, and its words are excellent:

*********
For I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as were all my fathers. (Psalm 39:12b)

In this verse, David confesses that he, like his forefathers, is ger v’toshav - a stranger and a sojourner in this world. This is a paradoxical phrase, since:
a) a ger is one who is just passing through, like a visitor or tourist
b) whereas a toshav is one who is a resident, like a settler or citizen.

How can someone be both a visitor and a resident of a place, or a stranger and a citizen at the same time? How can one “pass through” a place he is said to dwell?

Being ger v’toshav means understanding that the changes of life are the medium for that which is eternal and abiding.

We neither detach from life nor cling to it,
but live in the mediation of time and eternity.

Every moment of life is therefore made sacred, since it is the occasion to transform the temporal into the eternal.

Like a stranger, the ger v’toshav

a. holds on to things lightly,

b. yet at the same time is passionately committed to them as a gift from God.

He is both infinitely resigned in life and infinitely engaged in life,
since he understands that all of life is ordered to ultimately reveal the glory of God.

He dies to this present world and is resurrected in the undying life of God.

If we are given grace to answer the call of Jesus to “take up our cross,” we presently become ger v’toshav.

As gerim, we confess that we are strangers in this present world,

but as toshavim we believe that our labors are not in vain, and that our true citizenship is in heaven.

We must die in order to live.
***************

PSALM 44

There are times when we have reaped the consequences of our own foolishness and sin (thus dealing with a sense of our foolishness blocking us from God’s intimacy, and experiencing His discipline). Or there are times when, even when people have faithfully obeyed and yielded their hearts to the Lord through the Spirit in obedience, God has seemed distant just like what is expressed in verse 23:

verse 23
"Wake up, O Lord! Why do you sleep? Get up! Do not reject us forever."

Yet, either way, God is always faithful to His covenant and His word—and that is what we can and must be rooted in… for OUR LIFE!

PSALM 44
4
You are my King and my God.
You command victories for your people.
5
Only by your power can we push back our enemies;
only in your name can we trample our foes.

Notice, God has commanded victory for His people. He will not fail His Word. Thank Him for that.

Let us continue to pray and give to those affected by the hurricane in Louisiana.

Vance

Job 37-39:30

I love the 7th verse (38) in the King James or Amplified Bible, “Gird up your loins now like a man; I will demand of you, and you answer Me” (AMP). God is serious and he means business. It’s like God is saying to Job, straighten up and fly right, take responsibility for yourself and stop gripping and complaining. The created can’t tell the Creator anything, especially since the Creator didn’t put “anything” on Job, though he allowed it.

When God first comes in to speak to Job He does not address anything Job’s friends have said nor does He address Elihu. This speaks personally to me letting me know that my primary concern is to answer God not man. Men can hold me accountable for what I believe, say and do, but whom I will really answer to is God.

God’s address to Job also shows that each and every created thing has a purpose and is uniquely designed to carry out that purpose despite our not having an understanding what it’s purpose is. Our lack of understanding does not void its purpose. If I fail to discover my purpose or reject that purpose that doesn’t change God’s purpose for me. I can use a screwdriver to drive in nails by banging the nail with the screwdriver. The nail my go in eventually, but that does not negate the usefulness of the tools ability to turn screws if I fail to use it properly.

Charles Dickens’s tale of the “Prince and the Pauper,” shows a great example of the Pauper using the Seal of England outside of its purpose, a tool to crack nuts. Its’ improper use did not negate the power of the Seal.
II Corinthians 4:13-5:10
This passage is one of my very favorites. When I first came across this passage I realized that who I am was more then my body, my flesh. Who I was as a person was who I was in spirit. I am a sprit, I have a soul and I live in a body.

1 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down--when we die and leave these bodies--we will have a home in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. 2 We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long for the day when we will put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. 3 For we will not be spirits without bodies, but we will put on new heavenly bodies.

The power of this verse hit me by happenstance. Someone I really liked at work had died and I was asked if I would read a scripture at his memorial service. I didn’t know what to read and suddenly this passage fell open. Now I do not subscribe to the I-have-a-problem-open-the-bible-and-whatever-page-it-falls-open-to-that’s-the-answear society, but these verses spoke to me mightily. I wanted to be able to speak something, read something that would leave people with hope, and I found it.

Psalm 44:9-26
I repeat from yesterday, this Psalm is an encapsulation of Job’s lament.

23 Wake up, O Lord! Why do you sleep?
Get up! Do not reject us forever.

24 Why do you look the other way?
Why do you ignore our suffering and oppression?

25 We collapse in the dust,
lying face down in the dirt.

26 Rise up! Come and help us!
Save us because of your unfailing love.

Proverbs 22:13

Mike I feel you in your comments about this particular verse. Reading this verse this morning while on the train going to work I jotted down this little note:

Is this speaking about a something other than true fear? Or is fear somehow rooted in laziness. In the Parable of the Talents, the man who buried his talent said he was afraid, the Master said he was lazy, as well as wicked. (Matthew 25:24-26)

The writer of the Book of First John states, There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
(1 John 4:18 KJV). So what is fear and what is its relationship to laziness? Is there really a relationship between fear and laziness, or are we calling laziness fear to make it more palatable? Hmm, a quandary.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

The comments to this entry are closed.

Subscribe to receive daily blog posts via email:


  • Enter your Email:

May 2022

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31        

Books for the Journey: