Monthly Archives: January 2012

Job 32, Job 33, Matthew 14:1-21

So these three men ceased answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.  Then the wrath of Elihu, … was aroused against Job.  Job 32:1-3 

And the king was sorry; nevertheless,  … he sent and had John beheaded in prison.  Matthew 14: 9-10

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Job 32-  So these three men ceased answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.  Then the wrath of Elihu, … was aroused against Job; Job 32:1-3

            But please, Job, hear my speech, And listen to all my words. … Truly I am as your spokesman before God;  Job 33: 1, 6

But was Job “self-righteous”? 

               The LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My wrath is aroused against you and your two friends, for you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.  Now therefore, take for yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, go to My servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and My servant Job shall pray for you. For I will accept him, lest I deal with you according to your folly; because you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.” So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did as the LORD commanded them; for the LORD had accepted Job. 42:7-9


             Ouch!! I have been like Elihu and Job, though not at the same time. How many times have I judged someone by their “suffering circumstances”? “Oh, if she only,… then God would….”  No doubt people have condemned me seeing my personal situation. External sight is Never perfect vision. People even condemned Jesus because of His life, and Jesus was/ is God!

                Lord God, because You have deemed that my present life circumstances are more like Job, You have grown me to be less like Elihu. Oh, how I yearn to grow in You Christ Jesus! In Your humility, love, compassion, intercessory prayer, wisdom, to Your praise and glory!!  

                      Lord God, thank You for being Love and loving me according to Your Character!! I am grateful that You are the only One Who truly sees me, with all my flaws, needs and yet beneath Your Son’s Blood Atonement! Lord Jesus, You look at my heart , that You recreated anew and which is progress and process by You. 1 John 4:16; 1 Corinthians 13; Romans 8:1; 1 Samuel 16:7; Ezekiel 36:25-27; Jeremiah 31:33; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Matthew 11:28-30; Philippians 1:6 

            Lord Jesus Christ, please forgive me for being quick to judge, and make me “swift to hear, slow to speak” and make my heart, mind and spirit quick to ask for Your Wisdom to discern for Your healing, love and hope!! Thank You for situations which sometimes feel like Job’s so that I may be changed for Your better use. Romans 14:10; Matthew 7:4-5; James 1:19-20; James 1:5; Isaiah 64:8; Romans 8:16-17; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

             My circumstances do not always dictate my internal relationship with the Lord God Almighty. My heart, attitude and bent is not always visible to others, or even myself. Only God sees my heart. And the same is true for my view of each person.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10

Dear Reader, Please see Points to Ponder below… for discussion.

Matthew 14     Herod had laid hold of John and bound him, and put him in prison … the daughter of Herodias danced … and pleased Herod. Therefore he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask. Matthew 14:6-7

            The king misjudged John the Baptist. He didn’t know John, nor the God he served. At a lustful whim he made a promise he regretted – beheading the prophet of the Lord God Almighty. “And the king was sorry; nevertheless,  … he sent and had John beheaded in prison.” Mt 14:9-10

     When Jesus heard it, He departed from there by boat to a deserted place by Himself. But when the multitudes…  followed Him on foot from the cities. And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick” and fed thousands with twelve full baskets still remaining.  Mt 14:13-14

            Quick wrong judgements cost lives and break hearts. John the Baptist died and Jesus Christ was saddened. Yet the Son of God kept on obeying His Father!   John 12:49-50; Hebrews 5:8

             Lord God Almighty, I give You my heart again with Your joy and hope. Make me aware of my thoughts and actions, to not condemn and to not take in wrongful condemnation. May I be teachable by Your Holy Spirit and live a life reflecting Your Truth and Love and glorifying You alone!! 

Points to Ponder: Dear Reader, Have you judged others? Generous in mercy, overly generously to their detriment, or critical and harming? Please do not treat yourself harshly.  …Just for discussion.

How are we to handle people? 1 Thessalonians 2:7; 2 Timothy 4:2; Ephesians 4:2; Colossians 1:28; Colossians 3:15-17

What would happen if you and I did this?  Matthew 6:10

Does God judge? 1 Samuel 16:7; Proverbs 15:3; Hebrews 4:13; Psalm 96:10-13; 1 Peter 4:5

 How can God forgive? Romans 3:23; Romans 5:8-11; Romans 5:21; Matthew 11:28-30; Psalm 51:1-6; Psalm 51:10-13; Romans 10:8-13; 1 John 1:9; Romans 8:1

Crystal (PsalmThirty4)


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Job 30, 31 Matthew 13:31-58

The kingdom of heaven is like…Matthew 13:31, 33,44,45,47

  • A mustard seed
  • Yeast
  • A treasure hidden in a field
  • A merchant hunting for fine pearls
  • A fisherman’s net

It’s hard focusing on heaven when your life looks like Job’s.  People wonder how God can allow good people to suffer. One of my friends sees God as more of a villain than a hero.

“If that’s how God treats people, then I don’t want anything to do with him,” she said. I didn’t know how to respond.

I’m thankful God’s existence doesn’t depend on our opinions.  Job had every reason to wish God away, yet he never lost faith in his Creator.

I have another friend who focuses on heaven during her “storm walking”. The difference between the two experiences? One friend is looking at the wind and waves; the other is looking at the One who created the wind and waves.

I don’t know what heaven will be like. I just want everyone I love to be there. I guess I need to get busy. Get my hands messy. Mix it up. Find some treasure. Go where the fish are. Share the pearls. Plant some seeds. Watch the kingdom grow.

Lord God thank you for making room in the kingdom of heaven for “blameless” sufferers like Job and sin cleansed believers like me. I pray for everyone to come to know You and your only Son Jesus who sacrificed his life to cover the sins of the world. Amen



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Job 28,29; Matthew 13:1-30

I thought, “Surely …”

Job speaks. Tells of a life lived well, a reminiscing of the good old days. He lists his accomplishments long, reads like a promising resume, and how can you not think he’s a Good Guy? He had it all going for him. His testimony tells of honor and respect. He was counting on things; I hear it in his words, I thought, “Surely …” Job 29:18 (NLT).

Job loses family. He loses his livelihood–animals, crops. He loses the vapor-hope of expectation. He was counting on things to go a certain way, just not the way things went. The things he listed that formed his identity, gone.

When we moved into our house in August, areas of our yard were overgrown with weeds and vines. Parts were downright hostile, thorny, poisonous. Down on hands and knees, hours of days spent pulling and wrestling. A friend brought a truck and ripped and tugged at the landscape. Massive vines wrapped around trees, choking life, taking over. Poison ivy feigning lush life, camouflaging a secret, spoiling death. Brush fortresses an intimidating barrier to progress. Scripture bloomed literal meaning. Jesus talks about seeds and weeds–my hands ached, swollen from tedious tending. I saw how quickly something is overcome. Oh, the life metaphor!

Hanging out in Job and Matthew, I process the loss of my own expectations. I see how worries have choked life from me–at times, overwhelming. I went to the Lord often with grief and mourning, but how often did I seek him for wisdom and understanding?

When Jesus says, “Listen!” I pray, God, help me hear.

Courtney (66books365)



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Job 25, 25, 27; Mat 12:24-50

It’s your heart not the dictionary that gives meaning to your words.” Words are powerful, take them seriously.” Matthew 12:34&36 (MSG)

Recently I was helping my son look up vocabulary words and define their meanings. It got me thinking about how I don’t just want him to know the word of God, be able to memorize verses, but feel it in his heart. So that when trouble comes and he is afraid or scared he will remember those words because they are hidden in his heart.

Is that why Job asks… “What hope do people without God have when life is cut short?” Job 27:8 (MSG) Because really “What hope do people without God have?”…

The question I ask myself is, “Where do I put my hope?” & more specifically, “Where do I put my hope when…?” Where do I put my hope when… life seems crazy, I can’t predict the future, my expectations are not met?…the list could go on & on…

I am amazed at the kind of faith Job had, when he didn’t even have the promises of the New Testament or the power of the Holy Spirit. Job did not need to see miracles like the people in Matthew when they said, “Teacher, we want to see your credentials. Give us some hard evidence that God is in this. How about a miracle?” Mt 12:38 (MSG)

How much more faith should I have? Am I really living by the power of the Holy Spirit? It says in Matthew 12:28 “But if it is by God’s power that I am sending the evil spirits packing, then God’s Kingdom is here for sure.” (MSG)

How much more powerful could my words be to move me closer to Jesus, if I relied on the power of the Holy Spirit. Especially at times when I don’t know what to pray or a situation seems too difficult. The Holy Spirit will bring to mind those words, verses that I memorized. They won’t be just words anymore. They will breath life into me, give me Hope when I need it, power to be obedient, even when I don’t feel like it.

Thank you Jesus that I don’t have to rely on my own power, because it will come up short every time. You promise to give me the power of the Holy Spirit, to pray for me when I can’t remember what to pray, to be sufficient for me in my weakness, to overcome my fears. Thank you Jesus that you love me enough to send a helper for me until I am with you. Help me to use my words to praise you, encourage others and lift them up. To remember the power that my words have to bring life & hope to others.

Amy (amyctanner)


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Job 22,23,24 Mt. 12:1-23

On the advise of some friends (they will know who they are when they read this) I read today’s verses in a different version then I normally do (I read them in NLV whereas my usual version is NIV). I was having a conversation with one of my friends the other day about how Job sometimes eludes me.  I know Job’s friends were not exactly the best of friends, but now that I read these verses in the NLV I see how down right mean they were. It makes me ever so grateful that I have friends who can be honest and authentic with me without being mean.

When I think about what Job’s “friends” must have believed about who God is  and what His nature is, it reminds me that there have been times when I have held similar notions.  That is, God doesn’t really consider me. I’m nothing to His greatness.  Take Eliphaz’s statement in chapter 22 for instance:

Can a person do anything to help God?
Can even a wise person be helpful to him?
Is it any advantage to the Almighty if you are righteous?
Would it be any gain to him if you were perfect?
Is it because you’re so pious that he accuses you
and brings judgment against you?
No, it’s because of your wickedness!
There’s no limit to your sins. Job 22: 2-5 (NLV)

Eliphaz is essentially saying that we are so insignificant that God has no use for our goodness.  He only considers us in our wickedness.  And that could not be farther from the truth.

I know – truly know – that God considers me. I feel Him daily working through me.  I feel His joy when I glorify Him and His sadness when I disappoint Him. I used to struggle with why He considers me. After all, compared to His majesty, who am I? But I know longer dwell on it.  As another writer in this blog said recently, ” I love the mystery.”  I accept the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Wonderful Maker – thank you for the mystery.  Thank You for considering me and blessing me with a mind and soul that can at the same time grasp the essence of You and still be in awe of You.  In Jesus’ glorious name, I pray! Amen.

Jim (jmitch1)



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