THE 4TH FRIEND
Today’s Reading: Job 32-33
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Key Verses: Job 32:6-7
So Elihu, the son of Barachel the Buzite, answered and said: “I am young in years, and you are very old; therefore I was afraid, and dared not declare my opinion to you. I said, ‘Age should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.’…”
Elihu tells us he is about to give Job his opinion (32:7). We have in Scripture not just someone’s opinion but TRUTH! Again in 32:17 Elihu says he’s full of words, his opinions. Sounds like our radio and television talk show hosts today. Let’s check out our opinions to make sure they line up with the wisdom of the ages given in the inspired Word of God! We can form our opinions by comparing Scripture with Scripture. For example, Job 33:20-21 refers to our physical health. Read Psalm 107:18-20. It surely sounds like anorexia, but there is healing promised, “He sent His Word and healed them.” There’s healing in the Word we study every day. Also, before forming a final opinion about Job, consider 1 Peter 1:7, where we learn to rejoice, “That the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, might be found unto praise, honour and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
A correct understanding of suffering does seem to be beyond our human capabilities. It does not occur to Job’s friends or to Job himself that his sufferings are not evidence of God’s judgment on Job, but rather a means of expressing God’s confidence in Job. In gaining an understanding of the sufferings of believers, we may want to read further in 1 Peter 4:12-19.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, I am thinking of Your sufferings on the Cross, not for Your sins, but for mine. I pray that I will, more and more, show a truly genuine and constant repentance for my sin. As You said to the woman who was accused of adultery, “Neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more.” Grant me grace, I pray, to live as You lived, Lord Jesus! In Your Name I ask this, Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
One Sunday morning, shortly after giving my life to Jesus and receiving the assurance of Salvation, I learned a new prayer song in the Pembroke church: “O to be like Thee! O to be like Thee! Blessed Redeemer, pure as Thou art. Come in Thy sweetness. Come in Thy fullness. Stamp Thine own Image deep on my heart” (click here for this song). O how my heart longed for His purity. Tears would flow down my cheeks as I sang this prayer. Tears still flow! When we see Him someday soon, “We shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2b).
I’ve been involved in creating several different television shows throughout the years. The first one was the weekly Crossroads telecast back in 1962. Then there were children’s and teen’s shows, the daily 100 Huntley Street ministry, documentaries, open-line shows, senior’s shows, etc. I continue to dream of creative new beginnings!
I tend to be like the man of whom it was said, “He jumped on his horse and rode off in all directions.” I cried earlier. Now I’m laughing!
Yours for God’s truth to become much more evident in our opinions,
Thank you to those who prayed for my son Chris. I read them before bed last night. God is good.
The picture of the boy in the carpenter shop hits home with me. My husband is a carpenter by trade and is very talented. My youngest son is also a carpenter. We are so blessed.
Must for now the wood piled at the bush is waiting for us. Praying all blog readers have a wonderful blessed day in the Lord. Amen.
Elihu’s words hit home: “But it is the spirit in a person, the breath of the Almighty, that gives them understanding. It is not only the old who are wise, not only the aged who understand what is right.” It made me imagine when the time comes that I am old and grey, my heart will be the same. For it holds the truth I already know, that Christ’s spirit is within me. Christ is alive and my life depends on His glory. To look back over life and see Him glorified through our witness is an incredible thing. Amen?
And many nations shall join themselves to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people. And I will dwell in your midst, and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you. Zechariah 2:11 ESV
Francesca Battistelli Your Presence Lord with lyrics
No matter where a person is, salvation, healing, deliverance, is available. It’s best to quote scripture truths & the Word will open eyes & hearts. It was great seeing Moira on the program today. I was one who looked after her daughter from time to time when she was on 100 Huntley. Katherine was a very bright 3/4 year old – delightful! Missing Rob’s post these days. Praying that the Presence of God is very close wherever he is. Blessings all.
Amen Doreen. Missing Rob, too.
I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to [a]be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your [b]keeper;
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.
The Lord shall [c]preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
The Lord shall preserve[d] your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore.
Psalm 121 NKJV
Praying for your son Nan and for lost lives in Afghanistan.
Bless you as you work on your farm, it is hard work but is also rewarding.
I pray for all today who are sick and heavy ladened that they will take it all to the Lord.
Blessings Eleanor M.
Thank you Arley.