Thankful for conviction!

Scripture reading for May 26th:  Job 39-42, Psalm 1

Key Scriptures:  Job 42:1-6 “Then Job replied to the Lord: “I know that You can do all things; no plan of Yours can be thwarted.  You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures My counsel without knowledge?’  Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.  “You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer Me.’  My ears had heard of You but now my eyes have seen You.  Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.”

When God came and confronted Job in answer to his request, God’s questions for Job caused him to humble himself and repent of his own questions and lack of understanding.  Job took responsibility for his own sins and recognized that his nature was dust and ashes!

Thankful for conviction:  The Gospel confronts us with knowledge of God and conviction of our own sinful ways, providing Christ’s mercy as the way of escape!   “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.  See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done.”  (2nd Corinthians 7:10-11)

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Thankful for Christ’s mind!

Scripture reading for May 25th:  Job 35-38

Key Scriptures:  Job 36:22-26  “God is exalted in His power.  Who is a teacher like Him?  Who has prescribed His ways for Him, or said to Him, ‘You have done wrong’?  Remember to extol His work, which men have praised in song.  All mankind has seen it; men gaze on it from afar.  How great is God–beyond our understanding!  The number of His years is past finding out.”  

Elihu, a younger counselor and friend of Job, tried to encourage Job by telling him about God’s amazing knowledge and understanding.  God’s great wisdom and abilities are so wonderful that they are beyond our natural understanding. God’s work has inspired worship songs throughout the generations.  We may not understand all of God’s ways, but we can worship!

Thankful for Christ’s mind:  The New Testament reveals that now through Christ Jesus, believers have revelation enabling them to understand God’s works!  “The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment: “For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?”  But we have the mind of Christ.” (1st Corinthians 2:15-16)

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Thankful for wisdom!

Scripture reading for May 23rd:  Job 26-29

Key Scriptures:  Job 28:20, 23-24, 28  “Where then does wisdom come from? Where does understanding dwell?” . . .”God understands the way to it and He alone knows where it dwells, for He views the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens.”. . .”And He said to man, ‘The fear of the Lord–that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.'”  

Job pondered wisdom and it’s relation to God Himself.  Job understood that God alone had wisdom and knew all things in heaven and on earth.  In fact, God’s word to man had declared: “The fear of the Lord–that is wisdom.”  A deep and abiding respect for God and His word causes man to shun evil and live by God’s holy decrees!

Thankful for God’s wisdom:  Jesus Christ has been revealed to us as Wisdom from God and He lived in total fear of the Lord God, His Father!  “My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”  (Colossians 2:2-3)

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Thankful for testing!

Scripture reading for May 22nd:  Job 21-15

Key Scriptures:  Job 23:10-12  “But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold.  My feet have closely followed His steps; I have kept to His way without turning aside.  I have not departed from the commands of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily bread.”  

In spite of many accusations from his friends and even his own wife, Job maintained his stand of faith in God.  He followed God step by step and stuck close to God’s Word and commandments.  Job fed his soul on God’s word even when he did not feel well enough to eat bread! He was confident that the trial would pass and he would persevere victorious!

Thankful for tested faith:  “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  . . Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.”   (James 1:2-3, 12)

 

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Rejoice in a living Redeemer!

Scripture reading for May 19th:  Job 17-20

Key Scriptures:  Job 19:25-27  “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end He will stand upon the earth.  And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see Him with my own eyes!  How my heart yearns within me!”  

Job was kept through his terrible suffering during this test by revelation knowledge of a God who was alive and a redeemer!  He so trusted in his Redeemer that he believed that even if he died and his body was consumed by the grave, that one day, in his body, he would see God with his own eyes!  Job had resurrection faith!

Rejoicing in our Redeemer:  Jesus promises to redeem all those who believe on Him from the penalty of sin–eternal death!  “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die.  Do you believe this?””  (John 11:25-26)

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Rejoice in Renewal!

Scripture reading for May 18th:  Job 12-16

Key Scriptures:  Job 14:13-15  “If only You would hide me in the grave and conceal me till your anger has passed!  If only You would set me a time and then remember me!  If a man dies, will he live again?  All the days of my hard service I will wait for my renewal to come.  You will call and I will answer you; You will long for the creature You hands have made.”  

Job was so miserable that he longed to die and asked God to hide him in the grave until the time of His anger had passed.  He asked God to set a time and then to remember him, even to call him up from the grave in order to have fellowship with him, God’s creature and creation!

Rejoicing in God’s coming Renewal:  God has set a time to bring about the greatest renewal ever seen!  “For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.  And so we will be with the Lord forever!”  (1st Thessalonians 4:15-17)

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Rejoicing in Righteousness!

Scripture reading for May 17th:  Job 8-11

Key Scriptures:  Job 9:1-4  “Then Job replied, “Indeed, I know that this is true.  But how can a mortal be righteous before God?  Though one wished to dispute with Him, he could not answer Him one time out of a thousand.  His wisdom is profound, His power is vast.  Who has resisted Him and come out unscathed?””

Bildad, one of Job’s friends, told him that because of his suffering and loss of health and wealth that he must be harboring wickedness.  But though Job knew of no sin he could confess he knew he needed God’s mercy.  He began to question how any man could be righteous in God’s sight.  He knew that God was far superior in wisdom and power and that this question must be answered by God Himself.

Thankful for God’s righteousness:  But God has provided righteousness to all who believe on His Son Jesus Christ!  “And God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

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Thankful for God’s Attention!

Scripture reading for May 16th:  Job 3-7

Key Scriptures: Job 7:19-20  “Will You never look away from me, or let me alone even for an instant?  If I have sinned, what have I done to You, O Watcher of men?  Why have you made me Your target?  Have I become a burden to You?  Why do You not pardon my offenses and forgive my sins?  For I will soon lie down in the dust; You will search for me, but I will be no more.”

God had allowed Satan to afflict His servant Job with physical loss and emotional attacks.  Job knew that God was watching over him, even in his troubles.  He knew that he needed God’s care and mercy to pardon his sins. He also recognized that death was near.

Thankful for God’s attention:  Our God sees and knows everyone and everything living has His attention.   “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.  Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”  (Hebrews 4:13)

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Rejoice, Feast, and Celebrate!

Scripture reading for May 15th:  Esther 8-10, Job 1-2

Key Scriptures:  Ester 8:16-17  “For the Jews it was a time of happiness and joy, gladness and honor.  In every province and in every city, wherever the edict of the king went, there was joy and gladness among the Jews, with feasting and celebrating.  And many peoples of other nationalities became Jews because fear of the Jews had seized them.”

God had given Queen Esther and the Jews a great victory by turning the heart of the king to spare the Jews.  As the news went out by fast horses, joy broke out in every city of the land of Persia.  Many people became Jews because of the fear of the king’s edict and joined the feasting and celebration!

Rejoice, feast, and celebrate:  God the Father has decreed forgiveness and eternal life for all who repent and receive His Son!  “Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah!  For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory!  For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready.”   . . .”Then the angel said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!”  (Revelation 19:7-9)

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