Where will you turn? Who will you go to? Who can you trust? Where does your help come from? Where does your hope come from? Don’t give up! Don’t lost hope! Turn to God! Even our friends with best intentions may not fully get it, but God does. He knows the beginning from the end. He knows the purpose and the plan He has for you – and it is good – He wants to give you a hope and a future. He can use what the enemy plans for evil and turn it around and use it for good. So turn to God and allow Him to show you the way and speak hope, life, truth, wisdom, discernment, direction, correction and more into your life!
Today’s reading begins in Job 5 with a different friend speaking to him. We see how his friend tries to reprimand, rebuke Job, because he believes that God’s judgment is for the wicked and not seeing that the devil is the one testing and tormenting Job. He concludes with a vision of God.
Although his friend believes that God is correcting Job and it doesn’t fully apply, his words do speak truth and life and that if we are facing troubles we need to lift it up to God (from a vision)! He puts it this way…He first warns with about being about being or becoming a fool and the risk and pains. He speaks even a word similar to what Jesus spoke in John 16:33, but puts it this way “man is born for trouble, as surely as sparks fly upward.”
And speaks to turning to God and the benefits of laying our cause out before Him…
9Who does great things beyond comprehension, wonders without number.10Who gives rain to the earth and sends water over the plains.11Who places the lowly on high and lifts mourners to salvation.12Who frustrates the plans of the crafty, so that their hands attain no success.13Who catches the clever in their craftiness, and thwarts the plan of the cunning.14By day they encounter darkness and grope at noon as if it were night.15But He saves the needy from the sword of their mouth, and from the clutches of the mighty.16So the helpless have hope and injustice shuts its mouth.17Behold, happy is the one whom God corrects, so do not despise the discipline of Shaddai.18For He inflicts pain, but He also binds up; He injures, yet His hands also heal.19From six calamities He will deliver you, even in seven, no harm will touch you.20In famine, He will redeem you from death, and in war, from the power of the sword.21You will be hidden from the lash of the tongue, and not fear when violence comes.22You will laugh at violence and famine, and will not fear the beasts of the earth.23For you will have a covenant with the stones of the field, and the beasts of the field will be at peace with you.24You will know shalom in your tent, and you will take stock of your home and find nothing missing.25“You will know that your descendants will be numerous your offspring like the grass of the earth.26You will come to the grave in vigor, like sheaves of grain in its season.27Behold, we have investigated this— it is true. Hear it, and apply it to yourself!”–from Job 5
Our reading continues in Job 6 with Job crying out for justice as his friends even seem to be against him during this rough time. And after raising his petition and concerns, he closes with the following wisdom and ask…
24“Teach me, and I will be silent; explain to me how I have been wrong.25Honest words are painful, but what does your arguing prove?26Do you intend to correct my words, and treat the words of a despairing man as wind?27Would you cast lots for an orphan, and barter over your friend?28“Now be so kind as to look at me; I will not lie to your face.29Relent, do not be unjust; reconsider, for my righteousness is in it.30Is injustice on my tongue? Can my palate not discern evil?”–from Job 6
Today’s reading concludes in Luke 8. It’s starts with an interesting parable about the sower. It speaks of seeds being scattered and the various types of ground they land on and how that works out. How are you living today? Are you working the ground around you in a way that is making it good soil and ready for God’s seed to be rooted? Are you realizing that even with your good work and good intentions that not all soil ready yet to receive the seeds? Let’s look into today’s text and see what Jesus has to say first to the crowd and then to his disciples…
5“The sower went out to spread his seed. As he sowed, some fell beside the road and was trampled; and the birds of the air ate it up.6And other seed fell on rock; when it came up, that seed withered away because it had no moisture.7Other seed fell among the thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it.8And other seed fell into the good soil; and when it came up, it produced fruit a hundredfold.” While saying these things, He would call out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”9Now His disciples were asking Him what this parable meant.10Then Yeshua said to them, “To you has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but to the others it is given in parables, in order that ‘Seeing, they may not see, and hearing, they may not understand.’11“Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God.12Those beside the road are the ones who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they may not believe and be saved.13But those on the rocky places are the ones who, when they hear, accept the word with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a season, and in a time of testing fall away.14Now that which fell into the thorns are those who were hearing; but as they go along the way, they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and they do not bear mature fruit.15But the seed in the good soil are those with a praiseworthy and good heart, who have heard the word and hold it fast and bear fruit with patient endurance.–from Luke 8
Next Jesus speaks to how we need to live! We need to let our light shine so that others can see it! We need to reflect the light of the Son into the world around us! Just as the moon reflects the light of the sun, we need to reflect the light of the Son since just as the moon we don’t have our own light, it comes from Jesus! We need to be good stewards of what God gives us! We need to be and live as God’s family!
16“Now no one after lighting a lamp covers it with some object or places it under a bed. But he puts it on a lampstand so that all those who enter may be able to see the light.17For nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor secret that shall not be known and come into open view.18So pay attention how you listen. For whoever has, to him more will be given. And whoever does not have, even what he supposes he has will be taken away from him.”19Yeshua’s mother and brothers came to Him, but were not able to reach Him through the crowd.20Now it was reported to Him, “Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, wanting to see You.”21But answering, He said to them, “My mother and My brothers are these who are hearing the word of God and doing it.”–from Luke 8
In life we will have stormy seas. Things will go up and down and we shouldn’t become scared when we have Jesus with us! Just turn to Him and ask Him to calm the storm in you. Just because everything is going crazy around you doesn’t mean you have to lose control of yourself. When we ask God, sometimes he will calm the storm around us and other times He will just calm the storm in us so that we can walk with that peace He gives, the one that goes beyond all understanding.
In Luke we see how they are crossing a stormy see and when they finally get too scared, they go and wake up Jesus who is at peace and sleeping at the back of the boat. Jesus gets up and rebukes the storm and it calms to the amazement of everyone in the boat as they realize that Jesus has command over everything!
As they arrived on the other side, a man possessed approached them and questioned Jesus. When Jesus asked its name, he said Legion because there are many demons who entered that man. They kept begging Jesus not to command them into the abyss but rather to put them into a heard of pigs that were nearby. So they left the man and entered the pigs which then ran off a cliff into the lake and drowned.
We need to realize even when good is done, not everyone is ready for it. As we spoke at the beginning about the state of the soil when we have good seed to plan, it won’t all produce a good crop. And so we find in today’s reading when people come out to see what happened. Seeing the formerly possessed man sitting and listening to Jesus at his feet, they were frightened. The witnesses told them what had taken place with the man and their response was to ask Jesus and the group to go away due to an overwhelming sense of fear. Some may fear the unexplainable and have reactions we don’t understand. The man wanted to come with Jesus, but Jesus told him to go back home and tell people of everything God had done for him today.
Did you know that God’s timing is perfect? Did you know that even when we might think “Hurry up, let’s go!” He isn’t surprised and He knows what He is doing! Consider if your child was sick and you were trying to get Jesus to come to your house to heal her. Imagine if someone did something to delay His arrival. How would you respond if others came and told you it was too late? Would you still trust in Jesus? Would you believe in Him? Let’s see how it plays out in today’s reading: After healing the woman with the blood issue and the display that followed that interrupted the journey to the man’s house, some people came and said “Your daughter has died. Don’t bother the Teacher anymore.” But Jesus’ response to hearing this was “Do not fear—just keep trusting, and she shall be restored.” When they got to his home, they were mocking Jesus and the family and so Jesus removed/kicked out the unbelievers. Even after Jesus said she is just sleeping they ridiculed Him, so He took the girls hand and said “Child, get up!” Her spirit returned and she arose immediately! Jesus ordered that they get her some food. The parents of course were astonished and amazed, but Jesus ordered them to not say anything about what happened.