Thursday, August 29, 2019

STAND STILL

Today’s┬áReading: Job 36-37

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Here in the Judean Desert, beneath the historic mountain of Masada, you can see many large rock formations and crevasses created by flash floods washing down to the Dead Sea. This sky was the perfect backdrop for this dramatic rock. As our key verse says, “Consider the wondrous works of God!”

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Key Verse: Job 37:14

Listen to this, O Job; Stand still and consider the wondrous works of God.

 

The theology of this young man Elihu was right on. However, his judgment of Job was unfair and far from correct in God’s eyes. God had said of Job, “There is none like him in all the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil” (Job 1:8). We would do well to remember the words of Jesus, “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven” (Luke 6:37). We can be theologically correct and not understand our fellow human being. We should all be encouraged by the fact that Elihu was correct when he said that God “does not withdraw His eyes from the righteous” (Job 36:7). In God’s eyes, we who have believed in Jesus are seen to be righteous. Back on the blog from August 23rd, we considered the righteousness which is ours. We may want to read that posting once more (click here).

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I ask for grace to “stand still!” May I stop all my busyness for a time and take the time to meditate on Your “wondrous works.” Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I’m keenly anticipating the next four days of reading Job. God Himself begins to speak to Job! God’s description of nature and His creation is awe-inspiring to me.

I remember well heroes to me in Christian ministry. I heard Rev. Hope Smith say one day, “The way out of the rat race is to slow down and walk with God.” He and his ministry co-worker, Rev. Laurie Price, were an amazing team. They were Pastors of a Church called Evangel Temple, located (at that time) at the corner of Dundas and Bond Streets in Toronto, just a block west of what is known as the longest main street in the world, Yonge Street. They told the story of when Hope, who was injured and crippled in WW2, and Laurie, who had been injured in a car accident, were driving up Yonge Street in the late 1940s, when their old car stalled, backing up traffic for blocks. Horns were blowing and people were angry. From the waist up they looked like two able-bodied young men. No one could understand why they didn’t get out of the car and push it out of the way. In spite of all the fuss and rush of downtown traffic, they were totally at peace within themselves. It’s a humorous scene to imagine. Laurie was healed by God and gained great mobility later, and Hope continued with a serious limp throughout his life, but it never slowed him down. They impacted my life greatly when I was a teenager. They were filled with joy and incurable optimism. For some reason when I read the words in our key verse “stand still,” I thought of Laurie and Hope…by far the most unique ministry team I’ve ever met.

Yours for coming to a total stop once in a while in order to “consider the wondrous works of God,”

David

5 thoughts on “Thursday, August 29, 2019

  1. “Hurry up and wait” comes to mind.”Wait on the Lord”.”Be still and listen ” are a couple more.This world teaches us to be so busy we don’t really learn how to live.Job knew how to please God and we will learn to be more like our perfect Saviour by studying His word and coming to know Him as understanding is gradually revealed.
    Thanks again to Ron and Ann for this continuing blog.God bless

  2. Love David’s story of Rev. Hope Smith and Rev. Laurie Price and loved to attend Evangel Temple too when I attended Bible College and was in the Toronto area. I remember Rev. Hope Smith walking up and down praying when we were on our knees in the prayer meeting. Just his presence encouraged us to pray in faith. Also the choir was electrifying with the presence and power of God. Oh to have those times again! Please keep me in prayer saints. Thank you!

    • God bless you Ger! I am praying for you Ger! I am thankful that I have memories of uplifting teachings and services in the past; the Word of God was electrifying for me; I was always in awe; and I loved to attend any kind of studies even when I was a teen; the Word of God was so very interesting and challenging.;….
      please pray for Aaron , met him tonight, his mother has just passed away; he was thankful that he got to hug her and kiss before she passed;
      pray for our leaders; PM Trudeau & Pres Trump; may the Holy Spirit lead them into some peaceful talks and supportive and understanding talks…..
      in Jesus Name we Pray amen

    • God’s blessings to you Beverlee Kay! Please pray the Lord will send the right person for the back room; someone who is a working, responsible,respectful person; who is looking for a clean quiet place to live,has a great job, believes in God, is supporting a family somewhere, The Lord knows exactly the whole situation……TY IJNWPA

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