Bible Daily Devotional – Job 3 – Why? The question we all ask

Why? The question we all ask: Job 3

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Today’s reading: Job 1-4.

Questions fall like showers of endless rain
Into oceans of the unexplained
Someday it all will be made known…
+++Kim Hill, “God Works in Mysterious Ways”

Job, the man, is an icon of patient suffering. Job, the book, is a puzzle to understand. Is it a story about God’s sovereignty, or about man’s faith? Then again, maybe it’s an explanation of why we suffer. As the story unfolds, it deals mainly with unanswered questions.

“Why did I not perish at birth, and die as I came from the womb? Why were there knees to receive me and breasts that I might be nursed? …. Or why was I not hidden in the ground like a stillborn child, like an infant who never saw the light of day? … Why is light given to those in misery, and life to the bitter of soul, to those who long for death that does not come, who search for it more than for hidden treasure, who are filled with gladness and rejoice when they reach the grave? Why is life given to a man whose way is hidden, whom God has hedged in?” Job 3:11-23

Job wasn’t really questioning why he was born. He wanted to know why he was born only to experience so much pain and sorrow. He is the ultimate example of all those who want to know why God allows suffering. Unfortunately for Job, he lacked the heavenly perspective that God gives to us, the readers of Job’s story. We know that his suffering began with Satan’s argument with God.

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“God, how I thank You that I am not on the same level as other people—rooks, cheaters, the sexually immoral”— “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” Luke 18:11;13 Continue reading

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HE LIFTS US UP: “Surrender”

“Surrender”…
is the one word that came to my mind.
As I prayed for God to help me…
to leave all my concerns behind.

For we all have a tendency…
to package our lives in a neat box.
Perfectly arranging every aspect…
then wanting to seal it with locks.

But God can’t be put in a box…
and His ways are not our ways.
His paths are not straight…
and include storms many days.

For our growth in Faith…
isn’t of our own making…
but it’s in surrendering to God…
even when all is shaking.

But to trust Him totally…
is easier said than done.
For we all have a tendency…
to hold onto our lives some.

So Lord, we give You our lives..
totally surrendering to You today…
Trusting You with “everything”…
and saying Lord, have Your Way.

© Secret Angel and The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel, 2014.

Dear Lord, we come to You today and ask You to help us to “let go” of all the pain of our past and our insecurities for our futures. To surrender our concerns for our health, our finances, our children, and every aspect of our lives. That we will rise up to that level of total surrender to You that we can wholeheartedly say, “Lord, Have Your Way”… in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

by Secret Angel of Secret Angel Ministry and The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel

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“Of Mice and Men!” Troas and Ephesus! What’s the difference? Part Six

PAULAlong with Alexandria in Egypt, and Antioch in Syria, Ephesus was one of the three major cosmopolitan ports in the eastern geography of the Roman empire. What made Ephesus so ideal for Paul’s major push for Christ in Asia was the fact that from the famous and well used port, there were ships facilitating correspondence and visitors to and from the other churches around the Aegean, aiding Paul’s care of all the churches (2 Corinthians 11:28). There were roads that ran eastward through the long wide valleys to other major cities in the province. It is a geography vaguely similar to the valleys in the south of Wales in the UK, yet on a much larger scale. Paul made use of this geography by sending his assistants and protégés up the valleys to evangelise Asia while he carried on the work in Ephesus.

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Nuggets – How to persevere?

How do we persevere? Learn how to with Anima’s Jon Jorgenson

Are you persevering? We need to if we are to fulfil the Father’s plan for us.

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds” (Hebrews 12:1-3).

“Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ” (2 Timothy 2:1-3).

“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” (Galatians 6:9).

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Nuggets – Scripture Songs

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“Now therefore write ye this song for you, and teach it the children of Israel: put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for me against the children of Israel.” (Deuteronomy 31:19)

The book of Psalms was essentially a song book for Old and New Testament Jews, while other songs are scattered throughout Scripture written by a variety of prophets and leaders. Our text tells us that the Lord commanded Moses and Joshua to write aspects of the Law and details of God’s dealings with the nation, as well as His promise of judgment, should they disobey—in a song.

This song would serve several functions. First, it would be a memory device. “It shall not be forgotten out of the mouths of their seed” (v. 21). Those who have been around good church music probably know many portions of Scripture set to music, including the grand old hymns of the faith which are frequently conglomerates of many verses around a doctrinal theme. Many of us probably have memorized without trying, and maybe without realizing it, many, many Scripture verses. In fact, this may be the very best way to build biblical principles into the lives of our children.

The second function of Moses’ song would be to convict those in disobedience (32:7, 47, etc.). As with the people of Israel, our hearts should be receptive to the teachings contained within the songs that we know.

Unfortunately, Israel seldom listened, even to those songs they had memorized. Thus, the third and evidently primary function of this song was to “testify against them as a witness” (31:21). Much of this song carefully explains their coming apostasy and inevitable judgment. No doubt many remembered this song and its message with tears as they marched into captivity, unable to charge God with unfaithfulness. JDM

From the Institute for Creation Research

 

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Bible Daily Devotional – Esther 10 – Speak up!

Speak up! Esther 10

By Dr Bob Dellinger

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Today’s reading: Esther 6-10.

It’s Mordecai and not Esther who receives all the praise as the book of Esther closes. Maybe that’s not as strange as it seems, for Mordecai and Esther were both instrumental in God’s plan to save the Jews from destruction. Mordecai was Esther’s senior, her guardian, and he guided her to take a stand for the Jews. Mordecai also ended up, like Joseph in Egypt, second in command in Persia.

Mordecai the Jew was second in rank to King Xerxes, preeminent among the Jews, and held in high esteem by his many fellow Jews, because he worked for the good of his people and spoke up for the welfare of all the Jews. Esther 10:3

Mordecai was held in high esteem, not because of his position, but because he did whatever he could to advance the cause of his people. In particular, the Bible praises him for speaking up for the welfare of the Jews.

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HE LIFTS US UP: Angry With God?

Angry with God…
for unanswered prayers?
When everyone says He cares…
and He is always there.
Well, He loves us all…
and knows what’s in each heart.
So telling Him you are angry…
is a good place to start. Continue reading

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Bible Daily Devotional – Esther 1-5 – Secret agents

By Dr Bob Dellinger

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Today’s reading: Esther 1-5.

Much is made of the absence of God’s name in the book of Esther. He is the secret agent working behind the scenes, through his providence, to provide everything that is needed to save the Jews from destruction.

  • He creates a vacancy in the position of queen for King Xerxes.
  • Esther, a Jew, wins that title.
  • Esther’s guardian, Mordecai, finds a place in the king’s court and also is able to save the king from an assassination attempt.
  • When Haman, offended by Mordecai, schemes to kill all the Jews, he uses the casting of lots to set the date. By providence the date is set for almost a year later, giving time for action to save the Jews.
  • Esther and Mordecai are positioned at high levels in the government to be able to intervene on behalf of their kinsmen.

And that’s only the first half of the story!

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HE LIFTS US UP: Worrying Serves No Purpose

 Worrying serves no purpose…
it only drags us down.
For we don’t know the future…
and worry is not where it’s found.
It zaps us of our strength…
and weighs us down with concern.
So letting go of worry…
is something we all have to learn.
For only God knows what’s coming…
every moment of the day.
So seek Him for guidance…
and trust Him to lead the way. Continue reading

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