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

January 29 – Scripture of the Day

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The scripture that spoke (pun intended) to me today was Job 37:5 which says, God’s voice is glorious in the thunder.  We can’t even imagine the greatness of his power.”

I think it goes without saying, but it is impossible for us to truly imagine or understand the vastness of Creation, much less the Creator who brought it all to be.

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Today’s reading: Job 32:1-34:37
Tomorrow’s reading: Job 38:1-40:5

Weekend Reads 1-24

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One of the things I enjoy most about this blog is sharing interesting, thought provoking or just humorous articles I read, or videos I see throughout the week.  There is some really gret stuff this week.  I hope you are able to grab a cup of coffee or tea or whatever you like, sit down, and spend a few minutes reading and relaxing.

One of the areas on my life that I have been consciously and purposely working on is contentment.  This is an excellent piece on the contentment habit by Leo Babauta at ZenHabits.

My Sunday evening small group is currently doing an extended study on prayer.  This is a good article from Desiring God about what to do when we’re struggling with prayer.  The author suggests, “Prayerlessness is not fundamentally a discipline problem. At root it’s a faith problem.”

“This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s death. We might draw many lessons from Churchill’s life, and not all of them salutary (his views on religion, women, and alcohol come to mind). Nevertheless, Churchill was an inspiring and effective leader in a time of crisis, and it is appropriate to consider what he might teach us today about leadership.”

Tim Challies writes a very interesting piece about marriage.  He says. “I knew next to nothing about my wife on the day I married her. We had dated for a few years, we had spent countless evenings talking on the phone, we had attended church, we had organized events, and even run a business together. But despite all that, we still barely knew one another.”

Here’s another good one from Tim Challies.  He says we are God’s Tapestry.  And he asks… “Have you ever compared the front and back of a tapestry? The front of a tapestry is art…The back of a tapestry is a mess.”

And I end this week’s edition with two videos.  The first video is flat-out mind boggling.  NASA has released the largest picture ever taken, with more than 1.5 billion pixels.  It combines 411 pictures taken by the Hubble Space Telescope of the Andromeda galaxy, which is the closest spiral galaxy to ours. It’s 40,000 light-years across and is around 2.6 million light-years away from us. And, oh yea, the photo contains 100 million stars. 100 million. This video gives us a brief look at the incomprehensible nature of creation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udAL48P5NJU

 

I’m very much a photography buff, so the second video is an interesting piece about “The Rescued Film Project.”  In this video, the author discovers and processes 31 rolls of film shot by an American WWII soldier over 70 years ago.

January 24 – Scripture of the Day

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I read recently that NASA has released the largest picture ever taken, with more than 1.5 billion pixels.  It combines 411 pictures taken by the Hubble Space Telescope of the Andromeda galaxy, which is the closest spiral galaxy to ours.

The Andromeda galaxy is 40,000 light-years across and is around 2.6 million light-years away from us. And, oh yea, the photo contains 100 million stars.

100 million.

And the God who created THAT knows my name, and counts the hairs on my head.

That was what I thought of when I read Job 21:22“But who can teach a lesson to God, since he judges even the most powerful?”

I am not capable of comprehending the Creator of the Andromeda galaxy. And Andromeda is just ONE galaxy among what scientists believe are more than 100 BILLION galaxies in the Universe.

Since we cannot possibly comprehend the Creator – its almost impossible for us to simply COUNT how many galaxies there are – how are we to understand God?

We can’t. At least now without JESUS.

God taking on the form of a human being in Jesus helps us understand him as best we can.

That’s just another reason to be grateful for Jesus!

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Today’s reading: Job 15:1-18:21
Tomorrow’s reading: Job 22:1-25:6