Sunday, August 15, 2021

QUESTIONS

Today’s Reading: Job 7-8

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).

 

Pictured here is one of the Majestic entrances to Jerash Jordan. Recent excavations show that Jerash was already inhabited during the Bronze Age (3200 BC – 1200 BC). After the Roman conquest in 63 BC, Jerash and the land surrounding it was annexed by the Roman province of Syria and later joined the Decapolis cities (mentioned in Matthew 4:25 and Mark 5:20). In AD 90, Jerash was absorbed into the Roman province of Arabia, which included the city of Philadelphia (modern day Amman, the capital city of the Kingdom of Jordan).

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verses: Job 7:17, 8:21

What is man, that You should exalt him, that You should set Your heart on him?…He will yet fill your mouth with laughing, and your lips with rejoicing!

 

Job asks a great question. What is man? Jesus answered that question. Mankind is the object of God’s love (John 3:14-17). Jesus changed many things that Job and his friends believed. For example, Job said, “He who goes down to the grave does not come up” (Job 7:9b). But Jesus did come up! His grave is empty! (John 11:17-26).

Bildad correctly predicts God’s ultimate plan for Job: (1) Eventual prosperity. (2) The joy of God’s way. (3) Laughing. (4) A confession that brings rejoicing! (Romans 10:8-13). As I’ve written often here in the blog, “Jesus changes everything!”

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I pray for the grace to look beyond my present circumstances to Your long-range plans for me. Thank You for the fact that I am loved by You and that You are mindful of me. May I not live, as has often been said, “under the circumstances,” but may I live “over and above.” In the Name of the One who has overcome even death itself, the Lord Jesus, Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I confess every day that I am an “overcomer.” In the last book of the New Testament, Revelation 12:11, we are told that, “They overcame him [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony.” Job and Bildad did not have the written Scriptures in order to know absolute truth, but we are able to compare Scripture with Scripture. I’ve learned through the years that I must diligently study in order to, as the Apostle Paul taught a young pastor/teacher, Timothy, be “diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).

I had a great example from my Dad. Mother died when I was 12 and Dad and I were left to carry on. He would have the porridge on the stove when he called me to get up for school, and when I arrived in the kitchen, he would have his Bible open on the table, ready to read to me, and then we would kneel and he would pray for me for the day ahead. Only then would he serve the porridge for our breakfast. A child never forgets such consistency. To this day, my number one priority is reading God’s Word and then praying for the day ahead. I’m overcome with emotion just now as I type this and think of the heritage I was given.

Yours for consistently reading God’s Word and for praying with our loved ones,

David

10 thoughts on “Sunday, August 15, 2021

  1. David was certainly blessed to be raised with such Godly inheritance. The fruits of his father’s wisdom and obedience to his heavenly and earthly Father have reeped great rewards for us all. Jesus changes everything! Amen! His blessings upon you today, fellow saints of the Lord, as we come together to worship and praise our Heavenly King.

    He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
    Psalm 147:3 ESV

    Psalm 8 – Shane & Shane (Lyrics)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KESHlBh8a8

  2. I am so looking forward to church this morning. It is an outdoor service in the woods surrounding crop land. Been there before, absolutely wonderful. There is a good size pond there as well. We bring our lawn chairs and it is a wonderful time. Many of the people,I have not seen in quite awhile.

    We still are not in our home church yet. Next month I think.

    May God bless each and everyone on the blog. Have a wonderful day in the Lord.

  3. My wife and I do similar read the word and pray. Thank you for this amazing way if connecting with God. Looking forward to a joy filled day.

  4. Blessings on all saints this and each Sunday. Praying that God will be with my family and I as we venture out to explore Canada’s beautiful north country.

    Thank you God for all that You’ve given to me, including Your grace. Please help me to extend Your grace to others.

    So good knowing that Job comes out the other side eventually.

  5. Amen to the comments.I left early for church and had to host an online service from my pastor’s home so am late on here.This song immediately jumped to mind and this video also tells the story behind it.I think David could easily relate to it.After my father was killed in “The bump” when I was 7 I often ran bare foot in the summer but my mother somehow managed to feed us and clothe us.May yall be blessed.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MnnQvxZKAY&list=RD2MnnQvxZKAY&start_radio=1

  6. Thank you Eleanor, William, Beverlee and everyone else for your prayers for my husband Joseph. The battle can be fierce at times so we do need and appreciate your prayers. (He’s battling brain cancer and needs a healing miracle)
    William, Joseph is also referred to as Joe at times. Perhaps that’s why you have both names on your prayer list.

    I am praying for all of you and asking God to bless you all.

  7. NAN, I am sure that you had a good church service this morning. That sounds like a wonderful way to get together and worship God, surrounded by His beautiful creation.

    LYNDA, I pray for protection for yourself and your family as you travel. May you spend very meaningful moments together and make great memories to last a life time

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