Is your story looking tough? Is your story looking troubled? Are you going through some tough times? Are you being challenged? Are you facing trials of many kinds? Are there walls or mountains? Are there valleys or pits? Are you feeling beat up? Are you feeling attacked? Are you losing hope? Are you feeling down? Are you feeling bad? Have you been devastated? Are you wondering what is going on?
Don’t lose hope and don’t give up! It’s not the end of your story!
I remember a time in my life that whenever I got to the books of Job or Revelation, I would wonder what was going to happen to me as God’s reading tends to speak right into where I am at to help me get through it. Ever since 2013, I have had a different view of what will happen when I get to Job. I am no longer looking at the trials as a negative but I am looking at the full story including the ending then wondering what miracle and blessings God will produce in and through this time. Revelation is always an interesting one for me too as it was the first book I was reading when I started to blog back in 2005. Every year I read it, it feels like the time is getting closer and closer based on what is taking place around the world. It also comes with the hope that comforts me that God will rescue me from what will be because He has already saved me through my faith and hope in Jesus!
Today’s readings are incredible to me because it brings the conclusion to both books to me in one day! (I still have a couple more chapters in Revelation after today, but final 2 chapters of Job)
Reflecting on Job where he began and then where a new beginning starts. Reflecting on Job where he had to go in order to learn and hear God’s love. Reflecting on Job and how I don’t know everything about what is going on right now, and that God is working in and through it for my good. Reflecting on the promise I received in 2013 as I was in transition between jobs and got the message of Job 42:12 speaking of how the second half of Job’s life was twice as good as the first half and his family was renewed.
First half (where Job began said…)
2He had seven sons and three daughters3and his possessions were 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen and 500 female donkeys, and a very large household. That man was the greatest of all the people of the East.–from Job 1
Second half (where Job’s book end says…)
12So Adonai blessed Job’s latter days more than at his beginning. He had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen and 1,000 female donkeys.13He also had seven sons and three daughters.
So let’s no grow weary in doing what is good, what is right, what is just, and what is needed! Let’s walk with God in and through it all so that in the end not only will we have a testimony of His great love, we will be able to hear the amazing words “well done, my good and faithful servant”.
So no matter what you are going through right now, realize it’s not the end and that God’s not done with you yet! Stick close to Him and He will stick close to you! Seek Him with all of your heart and you will find Him! Don’t give up! Don’t lose hope! Your day is coming where you will meet with God and be renewed, redeemed, and restored!
Let’s jump into today’s reading … Job 41 continues from Job 40 speaking of the Leviathan. Today’s reading puts it like this…
1“See, his hope is wrong, he is laid low, even the sight of him.2Is he not fierce when he is roused? Who then is able to stand before Me?3Who has confronted Me that I should repay? Everything under heaven belongs to Me.4“I will not keep silent about his limbs, or his might or the grace of his arrangement.5Who can strip off his outer garment? Who can penetrate his double armor?6Who can open the doors of his face, ringed with fearsome teeth?7His rows of shields are his pride, shut up closely as with tight seal;8each so close to the next, that no air can pass between.9They are joined one to another; they clasp each other and cannot be separated.10“He sneezes out flashes of light; his eyes are like the eyelids of dawn.11Out of his mouth go flames, sparks of fire shoot out.12Smoke pours from his nostrils, as a boiling pot over burning reeds.13His breath sets coals ablaze and flames dart from his mouth.14“Strength resides in his neck; dismay runs before him.15The folds of his flesh are tightly joined; they are firm on him, immovable.16His heart is hard as rock, hard as a lower millstone.17“When he rises up, the mighty are afraid; at his crashing they retreat.18A sword that reaches him has no effect— nor with a spear, dart, or javelin.19He regards iron as straw, bronze as rotten wood.20Arrows do not make him flee; sling stones become like chaff to him.21A club is regarded as stubble; he laughs at the rattling 0f a lance.22“His undersides are jagged potsherds, leaving a trail like a threshing sledge in mud.23He makes the deep boil like a cauldron and stirs up the sea like a pot of ointment.24He leaves a shining wake behind him; one would think the deep had white hair.25Nothing on dry land is his equal— a creature without fear.26He sees every haughty thing; he is king over all who are proud.”–from Job 41
and Matthew Henry’s commentary captures and summarizes it like this (if you click the link he digs deeper into it)…
The description here given of the leviathan, a very large, strong, formidable fish, or water-animal, is designed yet further to convince Job of his own impotency, and of God’s omnipotence, that he might be humbled for his folly in making so bold with him as he had done. I. To convince Job of his own weakness he is here challenged to subdue and tame this leviathan if he can, and make himself master of him (v. 1-9), and, since he cannot do this, he must own himself utterly unable to stand before the great God (v. 10). II. To convince Job of God’s power and terrible majesty several particular instances are here given of the strength and terror of the leviathan, which is no more than what God has given him, nor more than he has under his check, (v. 11, v. 12). The face of the leviathan is here described to be terrible (v. 12, v. 14), his scales close (v. 15-17), his breath and neesings sparkling (v. 18-21), his flesh firm (v. 22-24), his strength and spirit, when he is attacked, insuperable (v. 25-30), his motions turbulent, and disturbing to the waters (v. 31, v. 32), so that, upon the whole, he is a very terrible creature, and man is no match for him (v. 33, v. 34).
Our reading continues into Job 42 which is the part I remember when trials come my way. I humble myself to God and trust in Him! Put another way, I do what I can do (I do my best) and I trust Him for the rest! Instead of what will I or did I lose, I loose to what God is going to do with what has been taken away and turn it around and bless me with next. It goes like this…
Job Retracts1Job answered Adonai and said:2“I know You can do all things; no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.3You ask, ‘Who is this, who darkens counsel without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke without understanding, things too wonderful for me which I did not know.4You said, ‘Hear now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you will inform Me.’5I had heard of You by the hearing of the ear; but now my eye has seen You.6Therefore I despise myself, and repent on dust and ashes.”
Job Restored7After Adonai had spoken these words to Job, Adonai said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My anger is kindled against you and against your two friends, because you have not spoken about Me what is right, like My servant Job has.8So now, take for yourselves seven young bulls and seven rams and go to My servant Job and offer a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, for I will accept Job’s prayer and not deal with you according to your folly because you have not spoken correctly about Me, like My servant Job.”9So Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite went and did what Adonai told them; and Adonai accepted Job’s prayer.10So Adonai restored what Job had lost, after he prayed for his friends and Adonai doubled everything that Job had before.11Then all his brothers, all his sisters and everyone who had known him before, came to him and ate bread with him in his house. They consoled him and comforted him for all the calamity that Adonai had brought upon him. Each of them gave him a piece of money and a gold ring.12So Adonai blessed Job’s latter days more than at his beginning. He had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen and 1,000 female donkeys.13He also had seven sons and three daughters.14He called the name of the first Jemimah, the name of the second Keziah, and the name of the third Keren-happuch.15Nowhere in the land were there found women as beautiful as the daughters of Job. Their father gave them an inheritance along with their brothers.16After this, Job lived 140 years; he saw his children and their children for four generations.17And so Job died, old and full of days.–from Job 42
As God’s Word tells us that those who wait upon the Lord will renew their strength!
God’s Word today continues into Genesis 11. Pride can cause problems. If our focus isn’t on the right things, we can go in the wrong direction. Let’s read about Babel…
Tower of Babel1Now the entire earth had the same language with the same vocabulary.2When they traveled eastward, they found a valley-plain in the land of Shinar and settled there.3They said to one another, “Come! Let’s make bricks and bake them until they’re hard.” So they used bricks for stone, and tar for mortar.4Then they said, “Come! Let’s build ourselves a city, with a tower whose top reaches into heaven. So let’s make a name for ourselves, or else we will be scattered over the face of the whole land.”5Then Adonai came down to see the city and the tower that the sons of man had built.6Adonai said, “Look, the people are one and all of them have the same language. So this is what they have begun to do. Now, nothing they plan to do will be impossible.7Come! Let Us go down and confuse their language there, so that they will not understand each other’s language.”8So Adonai scattered them from there over the face of the entire land, and they stopped building the city.9This is why it is named Babel, because Adonai confused the languages of the entire world there, and from there Adonai scattered them over the face of the entire world.–from Genesis 11
Genesis 11 continues with the genealogy from Shem to Abram…
From Shem to Abram10These are the genealogical records of Shem: Shem was 100 years old when he fathered Arpachshad—two years after the flood.11Shem lived 500 years after he fathered Arpachshad, and he fathered sons and daughters.12Arpachshad lived 35 years when he fathered Shelah.13Arpachshad lived 403 years after he fathered Shelah, and fathered sons and daughters.14Shelah lived 30 years and he fathered Eber.15Shelah lived 403 years after he fathered Eber, and fathered sons and daughters.16Eber lived 34 years and he fathered Peleg.17Eber lived 430 years after he fathered Peleg, and he fathered sons and daughters.18Peleg lived 30 years and he fathered Reu.19Peleg lived 209 years after he fathered Reu, and he fathered sons and daughters.20Reu lived 32 years and he fathered Serug.21Reu lived 207 years after he fathered Serug, and he fathered sons and daughters.22Serug lived 30 years and fathered Nahor.23Serug lived 200 years after he fathered Nahor, and he fathered sons and daughters.24Nahor lived 27 years and he fathered Terah.25Nahor lived 119 years after he fathered Terah, and he fathered sons and daughters.26Terah lived 70 years when he fathered Abram, Nahor and Haran.27These are Terah’s genealogies: Terah fathered Abram, Nahor and Haran. Haran fathered Lot.28Haran died before Terah his father, in the land of his birth, in Ur of the Chaldeans.29Abram and Nahor took wives for themselves. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milcah—the daughter of Haran, father of Milcah and Iscah.30Sarai was barren; she did not have a child.31Terah took Abram his son and Lot, Haran’s son, his grandson, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram’s wife, and he took them out of Ur of the Chaldeans to go to the land of Canaan. But when they came to Haran, they settled there.32Terah’s days were 205 years, and Terah died in Haran.–from Genesis 11
Today’s reading continues into the book of Acts after the power of the Holy Spirit had come over the disciples. Let’s take a look at how God is using His chosen ones today…
A Lame Beggar Walks1Now Peter and John were going up to the Temple at the ninth hour, the time of prayer.2A man lame from birth was being carried—every day they used to put him at the Temple gate called Beautiful, so he could beg for tzadakah from those entering the Temple.3When he saw Peter and John about to go into the Temple, he began asking to receive tzadakah.4But Peter, along with John, looked straight at him and said, “Look at us!”5So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them.6But Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give to you—in the name of Yeshua ha-Mashiach ha-Natzrati, get up and walk!”7Then grabbing him by the right hand, he raised him up; and immediately the man’s feet and ankles were made strong.8Jumping up, he stood and began walking; and he went with them into the Temple, walking and leaping and praising God!9Now all the people saw him walking and praising God.10They began to realize he was the one who used to sit begging for tzadakah at the Beautiful Gate of the Temple, and they were filled with wonder and astonishment over what had happened to him.–from Acts 3
So what has God given you today? You may not have what they want, but you do have what they need! Never forget that! Never downplay that! Never think you don’t have what they need! Jesus is the answer! It doesn’t matter what the question is, the answer is Jesus! So what will you face today? How will Jesus be the answer to help someone else out? Will you step up, will you stand up, will you stand out, and call down the power of Jesus into the situation? If not you, then who? If not now, then when? If not right there, when where? If not that, then what? Why not make today a great day to glorify god?
Acts 3 continues…will you allow the continuing book of Acts that we are living out today to speak and point people to Jesus?
Peter Speaks at the Temple11While he was clinging to Peter and John, all the people together came running toward them in the place called Solomon’s Portico.12But when Peter saw, he responded to the people, “Men of Israel, why are you amazed at this? Why do you stare at us—as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?13The God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified His Servant Yeshua—the One you handed over and disowned before Pilate, though he had decided to release Him.14But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked for a murderer to be granted to you.15You killed the Author of life—the One God raised from the dead! We are witnesses of it.16Now through faith in the name of Yeshua, His name has strengthened this man whom you see and know. Indeed, the faith through Yeshua has given this man perfect health in front of you all.17“Now brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, just as your leaders did.18But what God foretold through the mouth of all His prophets—that His Messiah was to suffer—so He has fulfilled.19Repent, therefore, and return—so your sins might be blotted out,20so times of relief might come from the presence ofAdonai and He might send Yeshua, the Messiah appointed for you.21Heaven must receive Him, until the time of the restoration of all the things that God spoke about long ago through the mouth of His holy prophets.22Moses said, ‘Adonai your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from among your brothers. Hear and obey Him in all that He shall say to you.23And it shall be that every soul that will not listen to that Prophet shall be completely cut off from the people.’24Indeed, all the prophets who have spoken from Samuel on have announced these days.25You are the sons of the prophets and also of the covenant that God cut with your fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘In your seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.’26God raised up His Servant and sent Him first to you, to bless you all by turning each of you from your wicked ways.–from Acts 3
Wow! To point others to Jesus! To tell them that your power comes from Jesus! If people really ask will you tell them? Will you let them know that your joy comes from the Lord? Will you tell them that your peace that goes beyond all understanding comes from God? Will you tell them the power of forgiveness you learned through a relationship with Jesus? Will you tell them that all things are possible for those who believe? Will you tell them of how it is better to be small in God’s world than anything else outside of it? Where will you point them? They are searching! They are seeking! They are wondering! They are watching you, whether you know it or not! People are watching to see what makes you tick! So when that time comes up and they ask…”What makes you like that?” Will you be ready to give a reason for the hope that is within you? Be prepared! It will happen! I know because from time to time, it happens to me! God will bring you before kings, in my case executives who ask me. It happens with people from every aspect of life! It doesn’t matter how high a position or low a position they have, they all are looking for hope! Will you point them in the right direction? Will you point them to God! Will you speak to the hope that comes from a relationship with Jesus! Will you be the one who plants the seed? Will you be the one who waters? So that God can make it grow! So they may choose to have their name in the book of life!
Today’s reading concludes in Revelation 20…Don’t be afraid to do what is right and speak the truth in love!
The First Resurrection1Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the abyss and a great chain.2He seized the dragon—the ancient serpent, who is the devil and satan—and bound him for a thousand years.3He also threw him into the abyss and locked and sealed it over him, so that he would not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were completed. After these things, he must be released for a short while.4Then I saw thrones, and people sat upon them—those to whom authority to judge was given. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Yeshua and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his image, nor had they received his mark on their forehead or on their hand. And they came to life and reigned with the Messiah for a thousand years.5The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection.6How fortunate and holy is the one who has a share in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no authority, but they shall be kohanim of God and the Messiah, and they shall reign with Him for a thousand years.
Judgment After 1000 Years7When the thousand years has ended, satan shall be released from his prison,8and he shall come out to deceive the nations at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for the battle. Their number is like the sand of the sea.9And they came up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the kedoshim and the beloved city—but fire fell from heaven and consumed them.10And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are too, and they shall be tortured day and night forever and ever.11Then I saw a great white throne, and the One seated on it. The earth and heaven fled from His presence, but no place was found for them.12And I saw the dead—the great and the small—standing before the throne. The books were opened, and another book was opened—the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to what was written in the books, according to their deeds.13The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Sheol gave up the dead in them. Then they were each judged, each one of them, according to their deeds.14Then death and Sheol were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death—the lake of fire.15And if anyone was not found written in the Book of Life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.–from Revelation 20
So if you are reading this, it’s not too late to decide yet. Leave me a comment if you would like to chat. Ask Jesus into your heart if you are ready! Ask Him to forgive you! Ask Him to help you through the rest of your days! Ask Him where to get plugged in – finding a Bible believing, Bible preaching church where you can be supported.