January 30 – Scripture of the Day

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Most days I have chosen a verse, or a handful of verses, to write about. Today, as the graphic shows above, I have selected an entire chapter in the book of Job.

Originally, when I began the reading, I intended to highlight Job 38:4-7 which says: “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me, if you know so much. Who determined its dimensions and stretched out the surveying line? What supports its foundations, and who laid its cornerstone as the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?

These verses may indeed be the most well known in all of Job. It is the beginning of God questioning Job, and it doesn’t sound too pleasant.

But as I continued reading, I was struck by the breadth of questions that God asks Job. Here are a bunch from chapter 38.

Who kept the sea inside its boundaries as it burst from the womb, and as I clothed it with clouds and wrapped it in thick darkness?

Have you ever commanded the morning to appear and caused the dawn to rise in the east?

Have you explored the springs from which the seas come? Have you explored their depths?

Where does light come from, and where does darkness go?

Have you visited the storehouses of the snow or seen the storehouses of hail?

Can you direct the movement of the stars— binding the cluster of the Pleiades or loosening the cords of Orion?

Can you shout to the clouds and make it rain?

Can you make lightning appear and cause it to strike as you direct?

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Today’s reading: Job 38:1-40:5
Tomorrow’s reading: Job 40:6-42:17

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