January 31 – Scripture of the Day

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Today I read the conclusion of Job. After all his suffering, all his trials, all his debate back and forth with his friends. After God challenged him time after time after time.

Now we are to the redemption point in the story.

Job 42:12 says, “So the Lord blessed Job in the second half of his life even more than in the beginning. For now he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 teams of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys.”

Here is what the Reformation Study Bible Commentary says about this passage: Job is restored, and those who refused to be near him in his dark hour (19:13–20) are forgiven… God had allowed Satan (the Adversary) to strike Job to prove that His servant would remain true. The reader knows that Satan was proved a liar: Job never cursed God (1:11; 2:5) and God was glorified. It was the good pleasure of God to reward His servant…

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Today’s reading: Job 40:6-42:17
Tomorrow’s reading: Exodus 1:1-4:17

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

January 28 – Scripture of the Day

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So, yesterday the scripture that jumped out at me had to do with lust. The scripture said Lust is a… fire that burns all the way to hell.

Ouch. Not good.

The scripture today reminded me that even when I think I am hiding my sin from those around me, I cannot hide it from God.

Job 34:21-22 says, “For God watches how people live; he sees everything they do. No darkness is thick enough to hide the wicked from his eyes.”

God knows how we live our lives. He knows our hearts. He knows we are sinners.

And that is why, because of his great love for us, he sent his son Jesus to bare all the punishment for our sin, leaving us blameless and free.

Hallelujah!

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Today’s reading: Job 32:1-34:37
Tomorrow’s reading: Job 35:1-37:24

January 27 – Scripture of the Day

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We live in a culture that is saturated with sex and lust. It’s everywhere.

In Matthew 5:27-28 Jesus said, “You have heard the commandment that says, ‘You must not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

The verse that stood out to me today has a similar take on lust. In Job 31:11-12 it says, “For lust is a shameful sin, a crime that should be punished. It is a fire that burns all the way to hell. It would wipe out everything I own.

Any other questions regarding lust?

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Today’s reading: Job 30:1-31:40
Tomorrow’s reading: Job 32:1-34:37

January 26 – Scripture of the Day

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Throughout the Gospels we hear Jesus call on us to feed the hungry, give a drink to the thirsty, care for the widows and orphans. We are the help the least and the lost. That is God’s command to us through Jesus.

Today the passage that stuck out to me was Job 29:11-17 which reads: 11 “All who heard me praised me. All who saw me spoke well of me. 12 For I assisted the poor in their need and the orphans who required help. 13 I helped those without hope, and they blessed me. And I caused the widows’ hearts to sing for joy. 14 Everything I did was honest.  Righteousness covered me like a robe, and I wore justice like a turban.   15 I served as eyes for the blind and feet for the lame. 16 I was a father to the poor and assisted strangers who needed help. 17 I broke the jaws of godless oppressors and plucked their victims from their teeth.”

In this chapter Job is calling for his vindication, and is testifying to his righteous actions.

What about us?

Have we assisted the poor and the orphans in need? The widows?

Have we been fathers to the poor and to strangers?

If not, why not?

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Today’s reading: Job 26:1-29:25
Tomorrow’s reading: Job 30:1-31:40

January 25 – Scripture of the Day

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In Job 24 we hear of Job’s hatred of evil and wickedness. He wants the wicked to be judged so that those who know God will see it and know that God is just.

The scripture that stood out today was Job 24:13 which reads: “Wicked people rebel against the light. They refuse to acknowledge its ways or stay in its paths.

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Today’s reading: Job 22:1-25:6
Tomorrow’s reading: Job 26:1-29:25

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

January 23 – Scripture of the Day

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I don’t know about you, but sometimes my mouth can get me into trouble. I have been accused, from time to time and probably not unfairly, of enjoying the sound of my own voice too much.

Then there are the times when unkind or untruthful words come out.

That’s what I thought of when I read Job 15:5 today, which says, “Your sins are telling your mouth what to say. Your words are based on clever deception.

This is what one of Job’s “friends” is telling him. Yup, one of the friends that came to “comfort” him.

Such a good reminder that our words are powerful.

They can be used love and build up.

Or they can be used to hurt and tear down.

Let us speak out of love, not our of our sin.

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Today’s reading: Job 12:1-14:22
Tomorrow’s reading: Job 19:1-21:34

January 22 – Scripture of the Day

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I remember reading the Bible for the first time, many years ago. I was new in faith, and one day the Lord spoke to me and told me that I needed to read the scriptures. The message struck me right between the eyes. I needed to do this.

I was telling a very good friend of mine that I wanted to read the Bible, and so he offered to meet with me each week and we read through the New Testament together.

I remember coming in week after week, excited, proclaiming “Do you know what’s in here?!?!? Do you know what this says?!?!” I was amazed at what wisdom was contained in the scriptures.

We shouldn’t be amazed, but if you haven’t read them, you will be.

It’s incredibly eye-opening to read the Bible for the first time. Or to re-read it after a long period away.

If you’ve never read the Bible, it may seem daunting. If nothing else, you can start by reading the entire Bible in 200 words. Once you’ve done that, start reading just a little bit at a time. Pray and ask God to show you what he wants you to know as you read.

Job 12:13 says “But true wisdom and power are found in God; counsel and understanding are his.”

There is no doubt this is true. And a great deal of the wisdom and power God has for our lives are in the scriptures.

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Today’s reading: Job 12:1-14:22
Tomorrow’s reading: Job 15:1-18:21