Suggested Reading: Job 41-42
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Key Verse: Job 42:10
And the Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.
“Behemoth” and “Leviathan” are the names of two new roller coaster rides at Canada’s Wonderland just north of Toronto. These creatures have captured the imagination of people everywhere. At the Chinatown parades, an awesome creature that seems to resemble Leviathan snakes its way through the streets. Stories of fire-breathing dragons abound in almost every culture. It does appear that God wants to get people’s attention! His approach worked well for Job and his friends. In sincere humility, Job confessed, “I have uttered what I did not understand”(42:3b). Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar humbled themselves and submitted to God’s instructions for Job to pray for them.
Surprise! Job, who was now about 60 years old, was doubly blessed by God! As we are faithful to God, we can expect that the Lord will bless our “latter days” also. Job’s prayer for his friends was probably a daily discipline in Job’s life. We can learn much from these readings, which conclude today. Tomorrow we move back to the New Testament and Paul’s first letter to the young man, Timothy.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I pray with all my heart that I will continue learning the lessons Job and his friends learned about You. I sincerely want to hear You well and see You clearly with eyes of understanding. Grant me, I ask You, the discipline and concern necessary to pray fervently and consistently for all who come before me. I pray in the Name of Jesus, the One who went away by Himself every morning to pray, Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
According to the last words of the book of Job, there was a great family party. I find it a great joy to celebrate! I’m definitely not what some would call a “party animal,” but from time to time I need to relax, break the routine, and simply enjoy life, family and friends. Here in the high-rise where Norma-Jean and I live, we had such a party this past Saturday. It was the birthday of David Lee, our grandson-in-law. He wears number 91 on his jersey as a member of the Toronto Argonauts football team. About 50 of us bought Argo T-shirts with “Lee” and “91” on the back and the Argos symbol on the front. I confess that most of the time I’m too serious, and through the years I’ve learned to celebrate more. I was thinking of Job’s party described in the last seven verses of the book. He must have enjoyed the festivities immensely! One of the gifts given to David was a plaque of a football player kneeling in prayer (photo below). In high school football, David did this before and after each game. He continued the practise at the University of Western Ontario and now in professional football. I was told that sometimes he was the only one kneeling in prayer. I attended the game between the Hamilton TigerCats and the Toronto Argonauts the other day and I was amazed to see so many of the players kneeling together after the game (photo below). Some from opposing teams had their arms around the shoulders of others at the close of the game. My eldest son, our blog photographer, is the father of Elizabeth, wife of David Lee. Also, at the birthday party, my great-grandson, James Stowell, who was featured yesterday with his dinosaur cap, put on David’s Grey Cup ring from last year’s championship (photo below).
Yours in celebration of God speaking through His Word and by His Spirit!