Monthly Archives: December 2019

Ever heard that hindsight is 2020?


Is it reversible? If so does that mean we are about to head into 2020 and so it will be hindsight? Looking up the word hindsight we can find the definition is “understanding of a situation or event only after it has happened or developed“. So going into 2020 might it be possible that we can understand the situations and events that are going to happen or develop? Might it be possible in 2020 that we won’t have to question why we had to go through a situation or event because we can already understand it?

Ever considered that there is a book with the answers? Ever considered that in that book it shares how there is nothing new under the sun? Ever considered that there is a book that was given as a love letter to us so that we could know without having to go through the experience ourselves? Ever considered how we can learn through others experiences rather than having to go through each and everyone one on our own? Ever considered taking up the challenge to read through the Bible in a Year?

Being December 31st 2019 and pondering what devotional or reading plan I was going to pick up for my 2020 Bible reading plan, this post came to mind to not only pick a reading plan but to also invite everyone to join me in reading it together. Each person may want to choose a different translation to read from that is easier for them to understand or comprehend like NIV, NLT, NKJV, Amplified, The Message, etc. I am even considering setting up a small group that can meet together on a weekly basis to discuss the readings. Based on responses from you the readers and friends, I will look to find time(s) for us to get together and discuss it. For those who are far away, I am hoping we can stay in touch and discuss the topics through the comments section of this blog. If you want to join me in seeing how much of 2020 will be hindsight, email 2020devotional@from2005toeternity.info or text me at (425)659-3655 .


The words from God’s Word that I want to share with everyone today come from Ecclesiastes 1:9

History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new.

Ecclesiastes 1:9 (NLT)

The other part that I am hoping will draw people into wanting to join me in this 2020 hindsight journey is The Father’s Love Letter that I discovered many years ago during one of my reading plans:

It is provided in different formats so that you can: Read. Watch. Listen.

Choose the way you would like and take a moment to receive God’s Word into your heart!


Here is the reading plan that I have chosen: The 49-Week Challenge

Leave me a comment, send me an email, or send me a text if you are interested in joining me on the journey into 2020…


So where are you at today? How will you respond to the offer from God of grace, mercy, and salvation? Are you ready to lean into all that God has for you? Are you ready to persevere and trust and have your faith built up? My hope and prayer is that You will ask Jesus into your heart so that I will get to spend eternity in God’s presence with you.  Are you ready for forgiveness and peace? Are you ready for a hope and a future? Are you ready for a transformation where the old is gone and the new has come? Are you ready to being the journey of knowing right from wrong? Then let’s pray together to invite Jesus into your heart and your life so that His peace which surpasses all understanding can guide you and comfort you, protect your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. If this is the first time you have prayed to invite Jesus into your heart, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If this is a re-commitment to Jesus, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If you are still questioning or seeking, don’t go it alone, feel free to leave me a comment so we can discuss it. Reply with a comment to let me know of your decision so that I can pray with you. Respond to God’s prompting on your heart. Take time to hear from God today. Take time to be with God today. Take time to respond to God today!

Let’s pray:

^^^^^^^^^^^Will you be willing to put your name there today

Two more days, what should I do?


Ever been so close to the finish line and wondered if you just keep going or if you should speed up and finish strong or because you are fading just coast in? Ever seen where people stop just before the line and lose out? Ever seen people slow down and get passed by 3 people and end up in 4th place? Ever seen where people get an extra boost of energy and finish the race strong? Remember why you start the race!

Let’s consider what the Bible has to say about finishing…

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

— 2 Timothy 4:7

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.

— Acts 20:24

‘Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.’

— 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,

— Hebrews 12:1

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

— Philippians 3:14

Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully.

— 2 John 1:8

‘so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. ‘

— Colossians 1:10-14

The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.

— Ecclesiastes 7:8

‘ “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’ ‘

— Luke 14:28-30

being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

— Philippians 1:6

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

— Galatians 6:9

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,

— Colossians 3:23

‘Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Only let us live up to what we have already attained. ‘

— Philippians 3:12-16

because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

James 1:3

It took motivation to get you started and it will take motivation to get you through it and it will take motivation to help finish it strong! So whenever you wonder or question “why?” go back to what it was that got you started to rekindle the passion, rekindle the buy-in, rekindle the discipline, rekindle the accountability, thrive on the resistance and focus on the goal! Pass it on! Teach others! Invest in it so that you will get to see a good return for the glory of God, in Jesus’s name!


So where are you at today? How will you respond to the offer from God of grace, mercy, and salvation? Are you ready to lean into all that God has for you? Are you ready to persevere and trust and have your faith built up? My hope and prayer is that You will ask Jesus into your heart so that I will get to spend eternity in God’s presence with you.  Are you ready for forgiveness and peace? Are you ready for a hope and a future? Are you ready for a transformation where the old is gone and the new has come? Are you ready to being the journey of knowing right from wrong? Then let’s pray together to invite Jesus into your heart and your life so that His peace which surpasses all understanding can guide you and comfort you, protect your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. If this is the first time you have prayed to invite Jesus into your heart, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If this is a re-commitment to Jesus, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If you are still questioning or seeking, don’t go it alone, feel free to leave me a comment so we can discuss it. Reply with a comment to let me know of your decision so that I can pray with you. Respond to God’s prompting on your heart. Take time to hear from God today. Take time to be with God today. Take time to respond to God today!

Let’s pray:

^^^^^^^^^^^Will you be willing to put your name there today

Will you take hold of the mantel of teaching in order to invest in the lives of people?


The Story of Job. – Day 47 (the end of the story)


How many times does it take you to take hold of a message? How many times does it take you to be able to grasp a concept? How many times does it take you to understand what you are being asked to do? How many times does it take for you to consider how to apply a concept? How many times does it take for you to be able to impact others with your learnings, your lessons, your trials, your troubles, your adventures? Are you willing to walk in humility before God even when you don’t see a change to your situation and just trust Him? Are you willing to allow Him to be God and not try to take everything into your own hands? Are you willing to go beyond just receiving and start to give back? Are you willing to resist speaking of things you don’t understand and starting to speak of things you do understand? Are you willing to take hold of the wisdom God has given you and share it with others? Are you willing to go from being a student to being willing to invest in the lives of the people around you and start to teach? Are you willing to become a teacher in order to be an investor in the spiritual lives of the people God brings into your life? Are you willing to go from being a hearer of the Word and starting being a doer of the Word? Are you bought in enough to become a teacher and investor in other people? Do you have the discipline and accountability to be a teacher and investor in the lives of others? Are you goal oriented enough to teach and invest in others lives and situations? Are you passionate enough to share that excitement and energy with the people God has brought into your life in order for you to be a teacher and investor in people? Are you ready to thrive because of the resistance you will face by teaching and investing in the lives of all the people God is putting on your path?


11 Concerning this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull and sluggish in [your spiritual] hearing and disinclined to listen. 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers [because of the time you have had to learn these truths], you actually need someone to teach you again the elementary principles of God’s word [from the beginning], and you have come to be continually in need of milk, not solid food. 13 For everyone who lives on milk is [doctrinally inexperienced and] unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a spiritual infant. 14 But solid food is for the [spiritually] mature, whose senses are trained by practice to distinguish between what is morally good and what is evil.

The Peril of Falling Away

6 Therefore let us get past the elementary stage in the teachings about the Christ, advancing on to maturity and perfection and spiritual completeness, [doing this] without laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 2 of teaching about washings (ritual purifications), the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. [These are all important matters in which you should have been proficient long ago.] 3 And we will do this [that is, proceed to maturity], if God permits. 4 For [it is impossible to restore to repentance] those who have once been enlightened [spiritually] and who have [a]tasted and consciously experienced the heavenly gift and have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted and consciously experienced the good word of God and the powers of the age (world) to come, 6 [b]and then have fallen away—it is impossible to bring them back again to repentance, since they again nail the Son of God on the cross [for as far as they are concerned, they are treating the death of Christ as if they were not saved by it], and are holding Him up again to public disgrace. 7 For soil that drinks the rain which often falls on it and produces crops useful to those for whose benefit it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God; 8 but if it persistently produces thorns and thistles, it is worthless and close to being cursed, and it ends up being burned.

Better Things for You

9 But, beloved, even though we speak to you in this way, [c]we are convinced of better things concerning you, and of things that accompany salvation. 10 For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown for His name in ministering to [the needs of] the saints (God’s people), as you do. 11 And we desire for each one of you to show the same diligence [all the way through] so as to realize and enjoy the full assurance of hope until the end, 12 so that you will not be [spiritually] sluggish, but [will instead be] imitators of those who through faith [lean on God with absolute trust and confidence in Him and in His power] and by patient endurance [even when suffering] are [now] inheriting the promises.

Hebrews 5:11-6:12

Today’s reading comes to us from Job 42:

‘Then Job answered the Lord and said, “I know that You can do all things, And that no thought or purpose of Yours can be restrained. [You said to me] ‘Who is this that darkens and obscures counsel [by words] without knowledge?’ Therefore [I now see] I have [rashly] uttered that which I did not understand, Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. ‘Hear, please, and I will speak; I will ask You, and You instruct [and answer] me.’ I had heard of You [only] by the hearing of the ear, But now my [spiritual] eye sees You. Therefore I retract [my words and hate myself] And I repent in dust and ashes.” It came about that after the Lord had spoken these words to Job, that the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My wrath is kindled against you and against your two friends, for you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has. Now therefore, take for yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, and go to My servant Job, and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves, and My servant Job will pray for you. For I will accept him [and his prayer] so that I may not deal with you according to your folly, because you have not spoken of Me the thing that is right, as My servant Job has.” So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did as the Lord told them; and the Lord accepted Job’s prayer.

The Lord restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends, and the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. Then all his brothers and sisters and all who had known him before came to him, and they ate bread with him in his house; and they consoled him and comforted him over all the [distressing] adversities that the Lord had brought on him. And each one gave him a piece of money, and each a ring of gold. And the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; for he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys. He had seven sons and three daughters. And he called the name of the first [daughter] Jemimah, and the name of the second Keziah, and the name of the third Keren-happuch. In all the land there were found no women so fair as the daughters of Job; and their father gave them an inheritance among their brothers. After this, Job lived 140 years, and saw his sons and his grandsons, four generations. So Job died, an old man and full of days.’

— Job 42:1-17

Ever had the aha of taking hold of one things and then realizing it was even more simply put somewhere else? In my case I took hold of Job 42:12 back in 2013 the day I began my new adventure after 19 years and 1 day working at Microsoft and started my new journey with GoDaddy. Today’s reading made it clear that although 42:12 speaks of the doubling of Job’s original assets I somehow missed the reality that in 42:10 it explicitly says “The Lord restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends, and the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.” As I take hold of my lessons through the book of Job, I praise God for His Word never returns void. He has blessed me beyond measure with an incredible wife that I could have only prayed and wished for and who He brought into my life that fall after the summer of me praying for a wife. He has blessed me with two incredible daughters and a promised son. He has blessed me with the reality that Heaven is for real and how my sense of connection with Philip the evangelist who had four daughters was true too as I have two daughters that I will get to meet when I arrive there. I thank and praise God and with this weekend’s message from church, I am going to take hold of the message of being a teacher and investor in each one, looking to grasp everything God has to teach me in and through them all. As I consider how God is able to take what we have and use it for His glory, I take hold of His Word and the message of Job and look forward to 2020 almost like it will be hindsight into what God is going to do in and through my life this coming year.


Today’s study includes information from:


Study Notes:

Today’s summary from the study notes: Job Chapter 42 Explained (visit the links above to dig in deeper verse by verse):

Verses 1-6: Job’s confession and repentance took place finally. He still did not know why he suffered so profoundly, but he was done complaining, questioning and challenging God’s wisdom and justice. He was reduced to such utter humility, crushed beneath the weight of God’s greatness, that all he could do was repent for his insolence. Without answers to all of these questions, Job quietly bowed in humble submission before his Creator and admitted that God was sovereign (Isa. 14:24; 46:8-11). Most importantly for the message of the book, Job was still diseased and without his children and possessions, and God had not changed anything (except for the humbling of the heart of His servant). Satan had been proven completely wrong in the charges he brought against Job and in thinking he could destroy true saving faith; Job’s companions were completely wrong in the charges they brought against him, but most critically, Job himself was completely wrong in the charges he had raised against God. He expressed his own sorrowful regret that he had not just accept God’s will without such ignorant complaints and questions.

The point of all of God’s questions was not lost on Job: he has a new awareness of the wisdom of God’s hidden plans, a new sense of the limits of his own wisdom, and a new sensitivity to his own sin. He admits that his has been a limited perspective, and he totally submits to God’s will and authority.

Jobs second response is one of complete submission to the sovereignty of God. He affirms that God is free, He can do anything, and He does what is good and right. Job was right where God wanted him to be, where He wants each person to be, humbling, bowing before Him in worship and repentance. Job had gone from silence to submission.

Verses 2-4: Job did not confess any of the sins that Eliphaz accused him of or say any of what Eliphaz told him to say, because he was guiltless of all these things. Job’s folly was in making judgment about matters “I understood not”, especially disputing with God over His justice.

Verses 3-4: Job twice alluded to statements God had made in His interrogation of Job. The first allusion “Who [is] he that hideth counsel without knowledge?” (Compare 38:2), indicted Job’s pride and presumption regarding God’s counsel. The second, “I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me” (38:3; 40:7), expressed God’s judicial authority to demand answers from His own accuser, Job. The two quotes manifested that Job understood the divine rebuke.

Verses 5-6: God did not condemn Job for any sin or foolishness. He did though, charge Job for mistakenly and arrogantly asserting that he could better explain what was happening in the world and better order and control its affairs. Job was wrong on both counts. Therefore, Job said “I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes”.

(In verses 7-17), the text returns to prose instead of poetic language begun (in 3:1), in the epilogue. The final picture of Job mirrors the opening picture of him (in chapter 1). God restored Job, not as payment for Job’s sacrifice but as a gift.

Verses 7-9: Job’s friends are rebuked for their errors, with Eliphaz being singled out as the leader of the three. The Lord refers to Job as “my servant” four times to show His approval.

“Eliphaz” was the oldest of the group, so God addressed His rebuke to him. The sacrifice required for the three men was staggering (enough for all of Israel), and shows the great error of their counsel. Anyone who speaks on behalf of God must make sure his or her words reflect the Word of God and represent His character. Human opinion is worth nothing.

Verses 7-8: “ye have not spoken of me [the thing that is] right”: God directly vindicated Job by saying that Job had spoken right about God in rejecting the error of his friends. They are then rebuked for those misrepresentations of insensitivity and arrogance. This does not mean that everything they said was incorrect, but they had made wrong statements about the character and works of God, and also had raised erroneous allegations against Job.

Verses 8-9: As God had been gracious to Job, so He was to Job’s friends, by means of sacrifice and prayer. Here the book points to the need for a sacrifice for sin, fulfilled in the Lord Jesus Christ who gave Himself as an offering for sins and ever lives to intercede (compare 1 Titus 2:5). Even before the Levitical priesthood, family heads acted as priests, offering sacrifices and mediating through prayer.

Verses 10-17: “Turned the captivity” is a figure meaning “released.” In other words, God brought an end to Job’s suffering and set him free to enjoy life again. God’s restoration of Job is immediate and bountiful: he is given friends (verse 11), material prosperity (verse 12), family (verses 13-15), and long life (verses 16-17). The point to be garnered from the book is not that God intends to deal with every servant as abundantly as He did with Job; rather, that God holds sovereign and loving sway over every human life. Therefore, He can be trusted implicitly in all things (Rom. 8:28; 1 Thess. 5:18). Yahweh “turned” the fortune and family of Job to a level surpassing that at the beginning of the book.

Verses 12-14: God gave Job back twice as much as he lost, including another 10 children. These did not replace the first 10 but were added to them. Between heaven and earth, he had 20 children.

Verses 16-17: Job lived 140 years longer, so he probably lived to be 210 years old, a typical lifespan for the patriarchal age. “Old and full of days” is an idiom that means Job lived a rich, full life all the way to the end.

Job Chapter 42 Explained

So where are you at today? How will you respond to the offer from God of grace, mercy, and salvation? Are you ready to lean into all that God has for you? Are you ready to persevere and trust and have your faith built up? 

My hope and prayer is that You will ask Jesus into your heart so that I will get to spend eternity in God’s presence with you.  Are you ready for forgiveness and peace? Are you ready for a hope and a future?

Are you ready for a transformation where the old is gone and the new has come? Are you ready to being the journey of knowing right from wrong? Then let’s pray together to invite Jesus into your heart and your life so that His peace which surpasses all understanding can guide you and comfort you, protect your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. If this is the first time you have prayed to invite Jesus into your heart, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If this is a re-commitment to Jesus, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If you are still questioning or seeking, don’t go it alone, feel free to leave me a comment so we can discuss it.

Reply with a comment to let me know of your decision so that I can pray with you. Respond to God’s prompting on your heart.

Take time to hear from God today. Take time to be with God today. Take time to respond to God today!

Let’s pray:

^^^^^^^^^^^Will you be willing to put your name there today

Are you willing to hear from God? Are you willing to resist God? Are you willing to question God? Where are you at today?


The Book of Job. – Day 46

What could it be? Why is it hard to sleep through the night? Don’t feel like you can go to sleep while in bed but it is too early to get up. What do you do? How do you try to go back to sleep? You don’t want to ruin the next day by being exhausted, so what do you do? Do you pray? Do you get up? Do you put on the TV? What do you do? What could it be? Are you willing to ask? Are you willing to listen? Are you willing to obey?


Today’s reading from God’s Word: Job 41

‘“ Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook? Or press down his tongue with a cord? Can you put a rope [made] of rushes into his nose Or pierce his jaw through with a hook? Will he make many supplications to you [begging to be spared]? Or will he speak soft words to you [to coax you to treat him kindly]? Will he make a covenant or an arrangement with you? Will you take him for your servant forever? Will you play with him as with a bird? Or will you bind him [and put him on a leash] for your maidens? Will traders bargain over him? Will they divide him up among the merchants? Can you fill his skin with harpoons, Or his head with fishing spears? Lay your hand on him; Remember the battle [with him]; you will not do such [an ill-advised thing] again! Behold, his [assailant’s] hope and expectation [of defeating Leviathan] is false; Will not one be overwhelmed even at the sight of him? No one is so fierce [and foolhardy] that he dares to stir up Leviathan; Who then is he who can stand before Me [or dares to contend with Me, the beast’s creator]? Who has first given to Me that I should repay him? Whatever is under the whole heaven is Mine. [Who can have a claim against Me who made the unmastered beast?] “I will not keep silence concerning his limbs, Nor his mighty strength, nor his orderly frame. Who can penetrate or strip off his outer armor? Who can come to his jaws with a double bridle? Who can open the doors (jaws) of his face? Around his [open jaws and] teeth there is terror. His strong scales are his pride, Bound together as with a tight seal. One is so near to another That no air can come between them. They are joined one to another; They stick together and cannot be separated. His sneezes flash forth light, And his eyes are like the [reddish] eyelids of the dawn. Out of his mouth go burning torches, And sparks of fire leap out. Out of his nostrils smoke goes forth As from a boiling pot and [as from] burning rushes. His breath kindles coals, And a flame goes forth from his mouth. In Leviathan’s neck resides strength, And dismay and terror dance before him. The folds of his flesh are joined together, Firm on him and immobile [when he moves]. His heart is as hard as a stone, Indeed, as solid as a lower millstone. When he raises himself up, the mighty are afraid; Because of the crashing they are bewildered. The sword that reaches him cannot avail, Nor [does] the spear, the dart, or the javelin. He considers iron as straw, Bronze as rotten wood. The arrow cannot make him flee; Slingstones are treated as stubble by him. Clubs [also] are regarded as stubble; He laughs at the rushing and the rattling of the javelin. His underparts are like sharp pieces of broken pottery; He moves across and spreads out [grooves] like a threshing sledge on the mire (muddy river banks). He makes the deep water boil like a pot; He makes the sea like a [foaming] pot of ointment. Behind him he makes a shining wake; One would think the deep to be gray-haired [with foam]. Upon earth there is nothing like him—no equal exists, A creature made without fear. He looks on everything that is high [without terror]; He is monarch over all the sons of pride. [And now, Job, who are you who does not dare to disturb the beast, yet who dares resist Me, the beast’s creator? Everything under the heavens is Mine; therefore, who can have a claim against God?]”’

— Job 41:1-34

Today’s study includes information from:


Study Notes:

Today’s summary from the study notes: Job Chapter 41 Explained (visit the links above to dig in deeper verse by verse):

Verses 1-11: “Leviathan is a symbol of evil, drawn in part from Ugaritic myths about a fire-breathing sea dragon (Psalms 74:14; 104:26; Isa. 27:1). Dr. Henry Morris points out that the “Leviathan” was evidently the greatest of the marine reptiles or dinosaurs, something like a plesiosaur, perhaps, though modern commentators tend to call it a crocodile.” Ultimately, Leviathan points to Satan, the paragon of evil, whom Yahweh has in control and one day will destroy (e.g., Isa. 27:1; Rev. 20:1-3).

Job Chapter 41 Explained

Sometimes being tempted isn’t about trying to get you to do something that looks pleasurable. Sometimes being tempted is about trying to distract you from the truth. Sometimes being tempted isn’t about trying to get you to something. Sometimes being tempted is about trying to draw you away from God. We see how Job was being tempted by the devil to curse God, to turn his back on God, and to even walk away from God through the trials and troubles that Satan put on him and even through how Job’s wife and friends treated him.

So where are you at today? What lies or troubles has Satan tried to deceive you with? What pain and suffering has he tried to use your friends and family to push you away from God? Was it trying to devalue who you are and what you do? Was it trying to devalue the importance to God in the role He has put you in? Was it trying to remove you from that place where God can use you and work through you? Was it thru lies that in your current role you can’t grow or you are not valued or you are or will be stuck if you stay there? Was it thru temptation of something new that would be better for you? Was it thru speaking of your value and worth and yet going behind your back to prevent you from moving on? Was it thru opportunities to redefine the role and the way things work and yet limiting what is possible and available or preventing you from full visibility and transparency? Was it related to risk vs reward? Was it related to new vs old? Was it related to valued vs undervalued? Was it related to opportunity vs disadvantage? Was it related to opportunity vs restriction? Was it related to opportunity vs responsibility? Where are you at today? Where is it that God desires for you to be? What is your role in God’s plan and purpose? How in the midst of change and transition are you to be positioned and to participate? How in the midst of reorganization and restructuring are you to be engaged and perform? Will you take that time available to you to understand and get prepared?


So where are you at today? How will you respond to the offer from God of grace, mercy, and salvation? Are you ready to lean into all that God has for you? Are you ready to persevere and trust and have your faith built up? My hope and prayer is that You will ask Jesus into your heart so that I will get to spend eternity in God’s presence with you.  Are you ready for forgiveness and peace? Are you ready for a hope and a future? Are you ready for a transformation where the old is gone and the new has come? Are you ready to being the journey of knowing right from wrong? Then let’s pray together to invite Jesus into your heart and your life so that His peace which surpasses all understanding can guide you and comfort you, protect your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. If this is the first time you have prayed to invite Jesus into your heart, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If this is a re-commitment to Jesus, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If you are still questioning or seeking, don’t go it alone, feel free to leave me a comment so we can discuss it. Reply with a comment to let me know of your decision so that I can pray with you. Respond to God’s prompting on your heart. Take time to hear from God today. Take time to be with God today. Take time to respond to God today!

Let’s pray:

^^^^^^^^^^^Will you be willing to put your name there today

What if they were all wrong? What if God's plan is beyond their ability to understand?


The Story of Job. – Day 45

Imagine having 4 friends who are trying to give you advice. Imagine those 4 friends give you direction based on their understanding of the situation. Imagine all 4 of them weren’t giving you the right advice because they didn’t have the full context. What would it take for you to understand it? What would it take for you to know what you had to do? What would it take to find the answer? What would it take to find the direction? What would it take to realize how to move forward? Would it take someone knocking on the door? Would it take a shift in mindset? Would it take an encounter with God? Would it take wisdom from God that would provide you with a peace that surpasses all understanding? Would it mean a change in position or direction? Would it mean a change in perspective? What if there was a greater purpose and that purpose was to show God’s glory? Would you be willing to put God first? Would you be willing to allow God’s will to be the priority? Will you say Today God Is First? Will you say TGIF?

Through this time why not humble yourself before God? Through this time why not trust God? Through this time why not live faithfully before God?


Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God [set aside self-righteous pride], so that He may exalt you [to a place of honor in His service] at the appropriate time,

1 Peter 5:6

Consider how just by living humbly and faithfully before God, how it will exalt and point people to Him. Consider how God’s timing is perfect and God’s plan is good and so by leaning on Him rather than our own understanding He will make our path straight! Don’t be robbed or fooled by allowing pride to get in the way! Don’t be manipulated because of your pride! Don’t fall into the trap out of having yourself pumped up and building up your pride!


Today’s reading from God’s Word: Job 40

‘Then the Lord said to Job, “Will the faultfinder contend with the Almighty? Let him who disputes with God answer it.” Then Job replied to the Lord and said, “Behold, I am of little importance and contemptible; what can I reply to You? I lay my hand on my mouth. I have spoken once, but I will not reply again— Indeed, twice [I have answered], and I will add nothing further.”

Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, saying, “Now gird up your loins (prepare yourself) like a man, And I will ask you, and you instruct Me. Will you really annul My judgment and set it aside as void? Will you condemn Me [your God] that you may [appear to] be righteous and justified? Have you an arm like God, And can you thunder with a voice like His? “Adorn yourself with eminence and dignity [since you question the Almighty], And array yourself with honor and majesty. Pour out the overflowings of your wrath, And look at everyone who is proud and make him low. Look at everyone who is proud, and humble him, And [if you are so able] tread down the wicked where they stand. [Crush and] hide them in the dust together; Shut them up in the hidden place [the house of death]. [If you can do all this, Job, proving your divine power] then I [God] will also praise you and acknowledge That your own right hand can save you.

“Behold now, Behemoth, which I created as well as you; He eats grass like an ox. See now, his strength is in his loins And his power is in the muscles and sinews of his belly. He sways his tail like a cedar; The tendons of his thighs are twisted and knit together [like a rope]. His bones are tubes of bronze; His limbs are like bars of iron. “He is the first [in magnitude and power] of the works of God; [Only] He who made him can bring near His sword [to master him]. Surely the mountains bring him food, And all the wild animals play there. He lies down under the lotus plants, In the hidden shelter of the reeds in the marsh. The lotus plants cover him with their shade; The willows of the brook surround him. If a river rages and overflows, he does not tremble; He is confident, though the Jordan [River] swells and rushes against his mouth. Can anyone capture him when he is on watch, Or pierce his nose with barbs [to trap him]?’

— Job 40:1-24

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Study Notes:

Today’s summary from the study notes: Job Chapter 40 Explained (visit the links above to dig in deeper verse by verse):

Verses 1-2: God again challenged Job to respond: would he dare to bring charges against Him? Job had accused God; now God asked what right he had to do so.

Verses 3-5: Job’s first response to God was I am guilty as charged. I will say not more. He knows he should not have found fault with the Almighty. He should not have insisted on his own understanding. He should not have thought God unjust. So he was reduced to silence at last.

Job’s reply is one of humble submission in the face of an omnipotent and omniscient God: “Behold I am vile” (verse 4).

With great respect, Job confesses his insignificance in the presence of the Lord in his first response. Covering his “mouth” and refusing to answer signaled that Job clearly regretted his words and would not venture to make yet another mistake. All his complaints against God were empty and futile.

Verses 40:6 to 41:34: As if the first was not enough, God’s second interrogation of Job commenced along the very same lines, only focusing on two unique animals in God’s creation: Behemoth (40:15-24), and Leviathan (41:1-34), two creatures powerful and fearful who embodied all that is overwhelming, uncontrollable, and terrorizing in this world., Man can’t control them, but God can.

Verses 6-14: God’s second series of questions begins with an affirmation of His administration of the moral order. Job had questioned God’s justice in order to protect his own innocence: “Wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?” (verse 8). God says in essence: “if you are as powerful as I (verse 9), then you bring judgment on the proud (verse 11); then I will admit your power” (verse 14).

God again spoke from the whirlwind, daring Job to try running the universe according to the retribution principle. If Job could do it, then he would vindicate himself (“thine own right hand”).

Job had partially capitulated to his friends’ perspective on retributive judgment. In His second speech, Yahweh presents incontrovertible arguments that nothing compares to Him, not even “Leviathan” (see notes on 41:1-11).

Verses 8-14: God unleashed another torrent of crushing rebukes to Job, in which He mocked Job’s questionings of Him by telling the sufferer that if he really thought he knew what was best for him rather than God (verse 8), then he should take over being God! (Verses 9-14).

Verses 40:15 – 41:34: The rest of the speech is taken up with a description of “behemoth (40:15-24), and “leviathan (41:1-34). These are certainly literal, not mythical, creatures since they are observable and because the rest of the Lord’s questions deal with real animals. There have been numerous suggestions as to the identity of these creatures, with the most likely being the hippopotamus and crocodile, respectively. The descriptions of both are filled with hyperbole: “he drinketh up a river” (40:23); “a flame goeth out of his mouth (41:21), compare the earlier hyperbolic description of the horse (in 39:19-25). The point of referring to these animals is this: if Job cannot master just two marvels of physical strength within God’s creation, how can he expect to stand as a combatant humbly and trustfully in a God who knows more than he.

In verses 15-24: “Behemoth”: While this is a generic term used commonly in the Old Testament for large cattle or land animals, the description in this passage suggests an extraordinary creature. The hippopotamus has been suggested by the details in the passage (verses 19-24). However, the short tail of a hippo is hardly consistent with verse 17, where tail could be translated “trunk”. It could refer to an elephant, who could be considered “first” or chief of God’s creatures whom only He can control (verse 19). Some believe God is describing His most impressive creation of land animals, the dinosaur species, which fit all the characteristics.

Many scholars think that “behemoth” refers to the hippopotamus, thought the description “seems to match that of a great land dinosaur, such as the tyrannosaurus” according to Dr. Henry Morris. The word is a transliteration of a Hebrew word that means “super-beast”. No person could contend with such a creature. So how could Job pretend to be God’s equal when he could not even control what God had created?

Job Chapter 40 Explained

So where are you at today? How will you respond to the offer from God of grace, mercy, and salvation? Are you ready to lean into all that God has for you? Are you ready to persevere and trust and have your faith built up? My hope and prayer is that You will ask Jesus into your heart so that I will get to spend eternity in God’s presence with you.  Are you ready for forgiveness and peace? Are you ready for a hope and a future? Are you ready for a transformation where the old is gone and the new has come? Are you ready to being the journey of knowing right from wrong? Then let’s pray together to invite Jesus into your heart and your life so that His peace which surpasses all understanding can guide you and comfort you, protect your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. If this is the first time you have prayed to invite Jesus into your heart, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If this is a re-commitment to Jesus, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If you are still questioning or seeking, don’t go it alone, feel free to leave me a comment so we can discuss it. Reply with a comment to let me know of your decision so that I can pray with you. Respond to God’s prompting on your heart. Take time to hear from God today. Take time to be with God today. Take time to respond to God today!

Let’s pray:

^^^^^^^^^^^Will you be willing to put your name there today

What type of encounter would you like with God?


The Book of Job. – Day 44


Would you want an encounter where you were seeking God? Would you want an encounter where you were questioning God? Would you want an encounter where you were disbelieving or disavowing God? Would you want an encounter where you were crying out to God? Would you want an encounter where you were yelling at God? Would you want an encounter where God confronts your disbelief? Would you want an encounter where God confronts your disobedience? Would you want an encounter where God explains something to you? Would you want an encounter where God has to correct you?

Imagine that God called you into a position of leadership. Imagine that God then calls you to step up into a more senior position but you don’t think you are qualified or capable. How would you respond? Would you trust God’s calling or would you keep resisting out of fear and doubt? Is your fear and doubt greater than your faith and trust in God? How long would you resist? What would it take to get your attention and stand your ground either to do it out of obedience or to resist it out of disobedience? Imagine if you were given the ultimatum of be who I called you to be or you will be nothing… How would you respond? Imagine if you were prompted to forgive someone who hurt you? How many times would it take for you to receive the message from that still quiet voice? How bad would things have to get before you would stop resisting and accept the solution to your problem? How close to rock bottom would you need to get before you accepted the instruction to forgive so that you could be set free from bitterness, anger, and sadness?

Remember who God is!

The Lord does not delay [as though He were unable to act] and is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is [extraordinarily] patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

2 Peter 3:9

God doesn’t want to give up on us! God wants what is best for us! God is love! God’s plan for us is good! He won’t force us to do it! We have to decide on our own if we want to have a life in relationship with God or not! We have to decide if we want to walk in total obedience to God or in disobedience! He goes before us, preparing in advance the good works He has planned for us to accomplish! So we all face a crossroads to decide how we will respond! God loves us so much He sent Jesus who made a way when there didn’t seem to be a way for us to be able to get reconciled back to Him! God loves us so much that Jesus not only came humbly as a baby into this world but also gave up His life on the cross in order to pay the ultimate price as the sinless lamb of God in order to defeat the grave and the penalty of sin so that we can be reconciled back to God! So we get to choose! We get to choose when we will accept Jesus into our hearts and receive the blessings of it in this life and in eternity to come! It took me nearly 30 years to figure that out and receive God, I felt the promptings but it took till I was 31 to realize that it wasn’t about rituals or routines but it is all about a relationship with Jesus! That was the start of the journey and I am still learning each step of my life nearly 20 years later and I thank God for all of it!


Be it the ultimatum of becoming nothing or stepping up while on the board to be president.

Be it to forgive and forget or to allow bitterness to eat me up like a poison that would drag me into the pit till I would have hit rock bottom.

Be it realizing how God can use tough scenarios to position us in the right place at the right time, like Joseph and Mary getting to Bethlehem in time for Jesus’s birth because of a census mandating they go there from Nazareth. (for me this journey is continuing and I am not sure yet what the position, destination, or time are quite yet)


Choose life! Choose freedom! Choose truth! Choose forgiveness! Choose love!


Today’s reading from God’s Word: Job 39

‘“Do you know the time when the wild goats of the rock give birth [to their young]? Do you observe the calving of the deer? Can you count the months that they carry offspring, Or do you know the time when they give birth? They kneel down, they bring forth their young, They cast out their labor pains. Their young ones become strong, they grow up in the open field; They leave and do not return to them. “Who sent out the wild donkey free [from dependence on man]? And who has loosed the bonds of the wild donkey [to survive in the wild], To whom I gave the wilderness as his home And the salt land as his dwelling place? He scorns the tumult of the city, And does not hear the shouting of the taskmaster. He explores the mountains as his pasture And searches after every green thing. Will the wild ox be willing to serve you, Or remain beside your manger at night? Can you bind the wild ox with a harness [to the plow] in the furrow? Or will he plow the valleys for you? Will you trust him because his strength is great And leave your labor to him? Will you have faith and depend on him to return your grain And gather it from your threshing floor? “The [flightless] wings of the ostrich wave joyously; With the pinion (shackles, fetters) and plumage of love, For she leaves her eggs on the ground And warms them in the dust, Forgetting that a foot may crush them, Or that the wild beast may trample them. She treats her young cruelly, as if they were not hers; Though her labor is in vain because she is unconcerned [for the safety of her brood], For God has made her forget wisdom, And has not given her a share of understanding. Yet when she lifts herself on high, [So swift is she that] she laughs at the horse and his rider. “Have you given the horse his might? Have you clothed his neck with quivering and a shaking mane? Have you [Job] made him leap like a locust? The majesty of his snorting [nostrils] is terrible. He paws in the valley and rejoices in his strength; He goes out to meet the weapons [of armed men]. He laughs at fear and is not dismayed; And [in battle] he does not turn back from the sword. The quiver rattles against him, [As do] the flashing spear and the lance [of his rider]. With fierceness and rage he races to devour the ground, And he does not stand still at the sound of the [war] trumpet. As often as the trumpet sounds he says, ‘Aha!’ And he smells the battle from far away, And senses the thunder of the captains and the war cry. “Is it by your understanding that the hawk soars, Stretching his wings toward the south [as winter approaches]? Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up And makes his nest on high [in an inaccessible place]? On the cliff he dwells and remains [securely], Upon the point of the rock and the inaccessible stronghold. From there he spies out the prey; His eyes see it from far away. His young ones suck up blood; And where the slain are, there is he.”’

— Job 39:1-30

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Study Notes:

Today’s summary from the study notes: Job Chapter 39 Explained (visit the links above to dig in deeper verse by verse):

God speaks of nature and its beings

Verses 13-18: In His description of the “ostrich”, God emphasized that He distributes different traits to various animals, giving wisdom to some and withholding it from others. The Lord is the source of wisdom within all creation.

Verses 19-25: Here is a magnificent, vivid picture of the war horse.

Job Chapter 39 Explained

So where are you at today? How will you respond to the offer from God of grace, mercy, and salvation? Are you ready to lean into all that God has for you? Are you ready to persevere and trust and have your faith built up? My hope and prayer is that You will ask Jesus into your heart so that I will get to spend eternity in God’s presence with you.  Are you ready for forgiveness and peace? Are you ready for a hope and a future? Are you ready for a transformation where the old is gone and the new has come? Are you ready to being the journey of knowing right from wrong? Then let’s pray together to invite Jesus into your heart and your life so that His peace which surpasses all understanding can guide you and comfort you, protect your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. If this is the first time you have prayed to invite Jesus into your heart, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If this is a re-commitment to Jesus, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If you are still questioning or seeking, don’t go it alone, feel free to leave me a comment so we can discuss it. Reply with a comment to let me know of your decision so that I can pray with you. Respond to God’s prompting on your heart. Take time to hear from God today. Take time to be with God today. Take time to respond to God today!

Let’s pray:

^^^^^^^^^^^Will you be willing to put your name there today

Merry Christmas Everyone…


The Book of Job. – Day 43

As this day begins I consider back over 2000 years to the time when the gift of hope, peace, and love were given by God to a world in need, a gift to last for all of eternity, a gift that would provide a message from angels to shepherds of joy, a gift that would provide us with hope beyond our circumstances, a gift that would bring us peace that surpasses all understanding, and a gift of love, so great a love that God sent His one and only Son that whosoever believes in Him would not perish but have everlasting life!

No matter where you are at, God loves you. No matter what you have done, God loves you. No matter who you are, God loves you. No matter when you decide to accept the gift of God, God loves you. No matter why you did, God loves you. No matter how you came to the realization and reality, God loves you. He created you on purpose, with purpose, for a purpose. He created you with a freewill so that without force and without coercion, you can decide if you will choose to receive the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ. When you consider the laws of the land, it is interesting to see how many point back to God’s will and plans. God created us in His own image! God has given us freewill to choose what we will do with our lives, how will we live our lives, and where we will spend eternity when our time on earth is complete.

So today on this time when the world celebrates Christmas, will you make the decision freely to choose to receive the gift of eternal life with God by receiving Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Are you ready to hear what God has to say about where you are at today? Are you ready to ask Him to help you understand? Are you ready to wait on Him no matter what your so called friends have to say? Are you ready to trust Him even when it is beyond your own understanding and acknowledge Him?

Will you listen for the still quiet voice? Will you shrug it off till you need to hear the big booming voice? What would or will it take for God to get your attention? Do you hear what I hear? Do you see what I see? Do you know what I know? Will you allow God to be God and live out your life with purpose, on purpose, and for His purpose? Will you trust Him enough to not worry or doubt or fear what is taking place through man made actions, behaviors, plans, and behaviors? Will you trust God even when you don’t understand what is taking place around you?


Today’s reading from God’s Word: Job 38

‘Then the L ord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said, “Who is this that darkens counsel [questioning my authority and wisdom] By words without knowledge? Now gird up your loins like a man, And I will ask you, and you instruct Me! Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you know and have understanding. Who determined the measurements [of the earth], if you know? Or who stretched the [measuring] line on it? On what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone, When the morning stars sang together And all the sons of God (angels) shouted for joy? “Or who enclosed the sea with doors When it burst forth and went out of the womb; When I made the clouds its garment And thick darkness its swaddling band, And marked for it My [appointed] boundary And set bars and doors [defining the shorelines], And said, ‘This far you shall come, but no farther; And here your proud waves shall stop’?

“ Since your days began, have you ever commanded the morning, And caused the dawn to know its place, So that light may take hold of the corners of the earth And shake the wickedness out of it? The earth is changed like clay into which a seal is pressed; And the things [of the earth] stand out like a [multi-colored] garment. Their light is withheld from the wicked, And the uplifted arm is broken. “Have you entered and explored the springs of the sea Or [have you] walked in the recesses of the deep? Have the gates of death been revealed to you, Or have you seen the gates of deep darkness? Have you understood the expanse of the earth? Tell Me, if you know all this. “Where is the way where light dwells? And as for darkness, where is its place, That you may take it to its territory And that you may know the paths to its house? You [must] know, since you were born then, And because you are so extremely old! Have you entered the storehouses of the snow, Or have you seen the storehouses of the hail, Which I have reserved for the time of trouble, For the day of battle and war? Where is the way that the light is distributed, Or the east wind scattered over the earth? “Who has prepared a channel for the torrents of rain and for the flood, Or a path for the thunderbolt, To bring rain on the uninhabited land, And on the desert where no man lives, To satisfy the barren and desolate ground And to make the seeds of grass to sprout? Has the rain a father? Or who has begotten the drops of dew? Out of whose womb has come the ice? And the frost of heaven, who has given it birth? Water becomes like stone [and hides itself], And the surface of the deep is frozen and imprisoned. “Can you bind the chains of [the cluster of stars called] Pleiades, Or loose the cords of [the constellation] Orion? Can you lead forth a constellation in its season, And guide [the stars of] the Bear with her sons? Do you know the ordinances of the heavens, Or [can you] establish their rule over the earth? “Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, So that an abundance of water will cover you? Can you send forth lightnings that they may go And say to you, ‘Here we are’? Who has put wisdom in the innermost being [of man, or in the layers of clouds] Or given understanding to the mind [of man, or to the heavenly display]? Who can count the clouds by [earthly] wisdom, Or pour out the water jars of the heavens, When the dust hardens into a mass And the clods stick together [because of the heat]? “Can you [Job] hunt the prey for the lion, Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions When they crouch in their dens And lie in wait in their lair? Who provides prey for the raven When its young cry to God And wander about without food?’

— Job 38:1-41

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Study Notes:

Today’s summary from the study notes: Job Chapter 38 Explained (visit the links above to dig in deeper verse by verse):

Verses 38:1 – 40:2: Job had called on many occasions for God to appear. Finally, He does appear in a whirlwind, but not with the answers Job desired. Rather, God comes with questions. There are a total of 39 questions (in chapter 38), which easily ranks it as the chapter with the most questions in all the Bible. When added to the 20 questions (in 39:1 – 40:2), the total comes to 59 questions that God asked Job in the first cycle of interrogation. The second cycle (40:6 – 41:34), contains another 24 questions. The significant thing about these questions is that Job cannot answer a single one! God was driving home the point that Job must let God be God, the sovereign and omnipotent Creator who answers to no one.

Jobs complaints that he had no mediator between himself and God are met in Yahweh’s first speech as the Lord counters with the truth of Job’s comparable insignificance. The glory of the story is that God Himself did prepare the very Mediator that Job requested, in the Incarnation of the Lord Jesus Christ (see notes on 9:32-35).

God appeared and engaged in His first interrogation of Job, who had raised some accusations against Him. God had His day in court with Job.

(In verses 1-3), Job received his audience with God, and now he would be subject to divine cross-examination. The tempest he feared (in 9:17), had appeared, but rather than an object of judgment, it was God answering Job’s questions “out of the whirlwind”, just as He spoke to Moses (Exodus 19:16-17). Likewise, Ezekiel saw the glory of God in the storm (Ezek. Chapters 1-2).

Verses 38:4-38: The questions cover a wide range of the marvels of God’s creation, with the emphasis placed on the inanimate world: earth (verses 4-7), sea (verses 8-11), the dawn (“dayspring” verses 12-15), unseen wonders (verses 16-21), weather phenomena (verses 22-30), and heavenly bodies (verses 31-38). God asked Job if he participated in creation as He did. That was a crushing, humbling query with an obvious “no” answer.

Verses 4-11: God challenged Job’s wisdom immediately with an inquiry about Job’s lack of omnipotence and omnipresence. (Proverbs 3:19-20 and 8:22-31), reveal the connection between God’s wisdom and creation.

In verses 4-7: Creation is spoken of using the language of building construction.

Verses 8-11: God’s power over the sea by raising the continents is described, along with the thick clouds that draw up its water to carry rain to the land.

Verses 8-9: God constrains and clothes even the most powerful forces of “the sea”, far beyond anything a mere mortal can do

Verses 12-41: The steady flow of questions has obvious answers, exposing Job’s folly in presuming he could set God straight. The Creator-creature distinction is undisputable.

In verses 12-13 the dawn rises, and as it spreads light over the earth, it exposes the wicked, like shaking the corners of a cloth exposes dirt.

Verses 22-30: The earlier logic of Job and his friends suggested that weather occurs in direct relationship to good or evil actions. God exposed the flawed thinking of the retribution principle by asking about “rain” in places that are uninhabited.

Verses 31-32: Pleiades … Orion … Arcturus”: Stellar constellations (compare Job 9:9), are in view.

Verses 32-33: “Or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?” Referring to the constellation Ursa Major. God questioned Job’s knowledge of the operations of the heavens, further exposing Job’s inability to speak to how the world operates.

Verses 38:39 – 39:30: God asked Job the humiliating questions about whether he could take care of the animal kingdom. Job must have been feeling less and less significant under the crushing indictment of such comparisons with God.

The next series of questions emphasizes the marvels of the animal world: the “lion” (38:39-40), the “raven” (38:41 – 39:4), the wild donkey (39:5-8), the “unicorn,” or better, the wild ox (39:9-12), the “peacock” (the stork), and the “ostrich” (39:13-18), the “horse” (39:19-25), the “hawk” (39:26), and the “eagle” (39:27-30).

God switches His discourse from His control of the cosmos to His provision for even the wild animals (Matt. 6:26).

Job Chapter 38 Explained

So where are you at today? How will you respond to the offer from God of grace, mercy, and salvation? Are you ready to lean into all that God has for you? Are you ready to persevere and trust and have your faith built up? 

My hope and prayer is that You will ask Jesus into your heart so that I will get to spend eternity in God’s presence with you.  Are you ready for forgiveness and peace?

Are you ready for a hope and a future? Are you ready for a transformation where the old is gone and the new has come? Are you ready to being the journey of knowing right from wrong? Then let’s pray together to invite Jesus into your heart and your life so that His peace which surpasses all understanding can guide you and comfort you, protect your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. If this is the first time you have prayed to invite Jesus into your heart, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If this is a re-commitment to Jesus, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If you are still questioning or seeking, don’t go it alone, feel free to leave me a comment so we can discuss it.

Reply with a comment to let me know of your decision so that I can pray with you. Respond to God’s prompting on your heart.

Take time to hear from God today. Take time to be with God today. Take time to respond to God today!

Let’s pray:

^^^^^^^^^^^Will you be willing to put your name there today

How will you choose to live in the midst of the unknown? Will you find rest in the Lord and renew your strength?


The book of Job. – Day 42

T’was the morning of Christmas Eve and all through the house, not a creature was stirring not even a mouse. The stockings are hung by the chimney with care. The new tree is up and decorated for the celebration of Jesus’s birth with the tradition of the wise men, giving gifts. The workdays are done till the new year and now is the time to reflect, refresh, and renew for what is yet to come. Change had begun but just over a month back with some structural changes but mostly operating models being defined at very high levels which leaves ambiguity and lots of questions on what it all means to me. In the midst of all of that I an leaning on and trusting God who isn’t only all knowing but is in control. I am trusting that just as He used the census to move Joseph and Mary to the place they needed to be in order for Jesus to be born in Bethlehem, that God has set these changes in motion in order to move me to where I need to be to accomplish His greater purpose for me. I am trusting in God that just as back in 2013 when I got to one of my favorite verses from Job in chapter 42 in verse 12 that was the day I started my new journey working with GoDaddy after 19 years and 1 day at Microsoft and have gotten to see incredible things. As God moved me out of the comfort zone of where I had been and known for so long into a new industry and new company in order to bring His joy and His presence to a new set of people in order that His light would be shone to the people around me in order that they would get to see and feel how the joy of the Lord is my strength, how His mercies are new every day, and how we can always choose to make today which is the present can be a Happy Today! Yesterday is gone! Tomorrow isn’t guaranteed! So let’s allow the gift, the present of today be a great one and have a Happy Today, wish people a Merry Christmas, and let your life shine for the glory of God! Let’s be the salt and light God created us to be so that we can make a difference for the glory of His Kingdom! Let’s do it all in the name of Jesus!

Let’s take hold of the truth of today! Every morning I have a reminder on my calendar that appears and reminds me “Be Encouraged! God knows what you are going through!” If I open up the meeting invite (which I have shared with others over the years by inviting them to “meeting”) we can all read the following: (if you would like to be on the invite, leave me a comment)

Be encouraged! God knows what you’re going through.
Here are some good daily reminders:

  1. Wake Up! Decide to have a good day. “Today is the day the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalms 118:24
  2. Dress Up! The best way to dress up is to put on a smile. A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at outward appearance; but the Lord looks at the heart.” I Samuel 16:7
  3. Shut Up! Say nice things and learn to listen. God gave us two ears and one mouth, so He must have meant for us to do twice as much listening as talking. “He who guards his lips guards his soul.” Proverbs
    13:3
  4. Stand Up!… For what you believe in. Stand for something or you will fall for anything.. “Let us not be weary in doing good; for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good…” Galatians 6:9-10
  5. Look Up!… To the Lord. “I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
  6. Reach Up!… For something higher. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, And He will direct your path.” Proverbs 3:5-6
  7. Lift Up!… Your Prayers. “Do not worry about anything; instead PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING.” Philippians 4:6

Today’s reading from God’s Word: Job 37

‘“Indeed, at His thundering my heart trembles And leaps out of its place. Listen carefully to the thunder of His voice, And the rumbling that goes out of His mouth! He lets it loose under the whole heaven, And His lightning to the ends of the earth. After it, His voice roars; He thunders with the voice of His majesty, And He does not restrain His lightning [against His adversaries] when His voice is heard. God thunders marvelously with His voice; He does great things which we cannot comprehend. For He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth’; And [He speaks] to the showers and to the downpour [of His mighty rains], ‘Be strong.’ God seals (brings to a standstill, stops) [by severe weather] the hand of every man, That all men [whom He has made] may know His work [that is, His sovereign power and their subjection to it]. Then the beast goes into its lair And remains in its hiding place. Out of its chamber comes the storm, And cold from the north wind. Ice is made by the breath of God, And the expanse of the waters is frozen. He loads the thick cloud with moisture; He disperses the cloud of His lightning. Its direction is turned around by His guidance, That it may do whatever He commands it On the face of the inhabited earth. Whether [it be] for correction, or for His earth [generally] Or for [His] mercy and lovingkindness, He causes it to happen. “Listen to this, Job; Stand still and consider the wonders of God. Do you know how God establishes and commands them, And makes the lightning of His [storm] cloud shine? Do you know about the layers of thick clouds [and how they are balanced and poised in the heavens], The wonderful works of Him who is perfect in knowledge, You whose garments are hot, When He quiets the earth [in sultry summer] with the [oppressive] south wind? Can you, with Him, spread out the sky, Strong as a molten mirror? Tell us [Job] what words [of man] shall we say to such a Being; We cannot state our case because of darkness [that is, our ignorance in the presence of the unsearchable God]. So shall it be told Him that I wish to speak? Or should a man say that he would be swallowed up [and destroyed by God]? “Now people cannot look at the light when it is bright in the skies [without being blinded], When the wind has passed and cleared them. Out of the north comes golden splendor [and people can hardly look on it]; Around God is awesome splendor and majesty [far too glorious for man’s eyes]. The Almighty—we cannot find Him; He is exalted in power And He will not do violence to [nor disregard] justice and abundant righteousness. Men therefore fear Him; He does not regard nor respect any who are wise in heart [in their own understanding and conceit].”’

Job 37:1-24

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Study Notes:

Today’s summary from the study notes: Job Chapter 37 Explained (visit the links above to dig in deeper verse by verse):

Verses 2-13: Elihu reemphasized his main point: God uses the storms to show favor or wrath.

Verses 5-13: He described God’s power expressed in the cold winter. The storms and the hard winters remind us of the world in which harsh things occur, but for God’s good purposes of either “correction” or “lovingkindness” (37:13).

Verses 14-18: These words picture the scene in the sky when the storms and winters have passed, the sunlight breaks through, the warm wind blows and the sky clears.

Verses 19-20: What would Job do if he got his wish for an audience with God? Elihu had little expectation that this would ever happen.

In this passage Elihu reminded Job that since man can’t explain the wonders of God’s power and purpose, he ought to be silent and not contend with God. What a man has to say against God’s plans is not worthy to utter and could bring judgment.

Verses 21-23; Elihu illustrated the folly of telling God what to do by describing staring into the golden sun on a brilliant day (verses 21-22). We can’t confront God in His great glory; we are not even able to look at the sun He created (verse 21).

Job Chapter 37 Explained

So where are you at today? How will you respond to the offer from God of grace, mercy, and salvation? Are you ready to lean into all that God has for you? Are you ready to persevere and trust and have your faith built up? 

My hope and prayer is that You will ask Jesus into your heart so that I will get to spend eternity in God’s presence with you.  Are you ready for forgiveness and peace?

Are you ready for a hope and a future? Are you ready for a transformation where the old is gone and the new has come? Are you ready to being the journey of knowing right from wrong? Then let’s pray together to invite Jesus into your heart and your life so that His peace which surpasses all understanding can guide you and comfort you, protect your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. If this is the first time you have prayed to invite Jesus into your heart, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If this is a re-commitment to Jesus, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If you are still questioning or seeking, don’t go it alone, feel free to leave me a comment so we can discuss it.

Reply with a comment to let me know of your decision so that I can pray with you. Respond to God’s prompting on your heart.

Take time to hear from God today. Take time to be with God today. Take time to respond to God today!

Let’s pray:

^^^^^^^^^^^Will you be willing to put your name there today

When you get to the end of your rope, are you willing to tie a not and start looking up? If God says let go or cut the rope, will you trust Him enough to let go or cut the rope?


The Story of Job. – Day 41

Will you trust God more than you trust the rope?

Things are quiet. Things are unclear. Things are deferred. Things are delayed. Things are yet to be decided. The details available don’t help.

Going in for one last day. Going in with one last effort. Going in with time to put together ideas so we can start strong upon everyone’s return. Where will your help come from?

A day without the distraction of other voices. A day with focus on hearing a single voice. A day set apart for God’s purposes and plan. A day to close out strong.

How attached are you to your rope? Do you trust the rope more than you trust God? Are you willing to let go or give up on the rope and do what God needs you to do? What is your rope? Who or what will you trust most? Are you holding the rope is it that the rope has a hold of you? Is it a strong rope to help or is it a rope of affliction that is holding you back from all that God has planned for you?

Whose words are speaking truth into your very situation? Consider the voices! Consider the intentions! Consider the reasons! Consider the purposes! Is it to serve or for self? Is it to support or to entangle? Is it to help or to restrain? With but a week to go, do you know? Will you wait upon God and hear what He has to say about the rope? Will you be obedient no matter what He says to do with the rope? Do you trust God enough that even in the midst of being uncomfortable or having to go somewhere or go through something because of what others say or command that God’s still in control and is using them to get you in position for what He has planned in advance just like how He used Caesar Augustus’s census to get Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem where He had gotten prophets hundreds of years earlier to prophesy Jesus would be born?


There is a story of a mountain climber I remember and when I looked for it I found multiple but this one seemed like the one I should include in today’s post:

They tell the story of a mountain climber who, desperate to conquer the Aconcagua, initiated his climb after years of preparation. But he wanted the glory to himself, therefore, he went up alone. He started climbing and it was becoming later, and later. He did not prepare for camping, but decided to keep on going.

Soon it got dark. Night fell with heaviness at a very high altitude. Visibility was zero. Everything was black. There was no moon, and the stars were covered by clouds.

As he was climbing a ridge at about 100 meters from the top, he slipped and fell. Falling rapidly he could only see blotches of darkness that passed. He felt a terrible sensation of being sucked in by gravity. He kept falling… and in those anguishing moments good and bad memories passed through his mind. He thought certainly he would die.

But then he felt a jolt that almost tore him in half. Yes! Like any good mountain climber he had staked himself with a long rope tied to his waist. In those moments of stillness, suspended in the air he had no other choice but to shout: “HELP ME GOD. HELP ME!”

All of a sudden he heard a deep voice from heaven… “What do you want me to do?”

“SAVE ME.”

“Do you REALLY think that I can save you?”

“OF COURSE, MY GOD.”

“Then cut the rope that is holding you up.”

There was another moment of silence and stillness. The man just held tighter to the rope. The rescue team says that the next day they found a frozen mountain climber hanging strongly to a rope… TWO FEET OFF THE GROUND.

— Author Unknown

Today’s reading from God’s Word comes from Job 36:

‘Elihu continued and said, “Bear with me a little longer, and I will show you, That there is yet more to say on God’s behalf. I will bring my knowledge from afar, And will ascribe righteousness to my Maker. For truly my words are not false; He who is perfect in knowledge is with you. Behold, God is mighty, and yet does not despise anyone [nor regard any as trivial]; He is mighty in the strength and power of understanding. He does not prolong the life of the wicked, But gives the afflicted their justice. He does not withdraw His eyes from the righteous [those in right standing with Him]; But with kings upon the throne He has seated them forever, and they are exalted. And if they are bound in bonds [of adversity], And held by cords of affliction, Then He declares to them [the true character of] their deeds And their transgressions, that they have acted arrogantly [with presumption and notions of self-sufficiency]. He opens their ears to instruction and discipline, And commands that they return from evil. If they hear and serve Him, They will end their days in prosperity And their years in pleasantness and joy. But if they do not hear and obey, they will die by the sword [of God’s destructive judgments] And they will die [in ignorance] without [true] knowledge. But the godless in heart store up anger [at the divine discipline]; They do not cry [to Him] for help when He binds them [with cords of affliction]. They die in youth, And their life ends among the cult prostitutes. He rescues the afflicted in their affliction, And opens their ears [so that they pay attention to His voice] in times of oppression. Then indeed, He enticed you from the mouth of distress and confinement, Into a broad place where there is no constraint or distress; And that which was set on your table was full of fatness (rich food). “But you [Job] were full of judgment on the wicked, Judgment and justice take hold of you . Do not let wrath entice you into scoffing; And do not let the greatness and the extent of the ransom turn you aside. Will your wealth [be sufficient to] keep you from [the confinement of] distress, Or will all the force of your strength do it? Do not long for the night, When people vanish from their places. Take heed and be careful, do not turn to wickedness, For you have chosen this [the vice of complaining against God] rather than [learning from] affliction. Behold, God is exalted in His power; Who is a ruler or a teacher like Him? Who has appointed God His way, And who can say [to Him], ‘You have done wrong’? “Remember that you should magnify God’s work, Of which men have sung. All men have seen God’s work; Man looks at it from a distance. Behold, God is exalted, and we do not know Him; The number of His years is unsearchable. For He draws up the drops of water, They distill rain from the mist, Which the clouds pour down, They drop abundantly upon mankind.” “Can anyone understand the spreading of the clouds Or the thundering of His pavilion? Behold, He spreads His lightning around Him [against the dark clouds], And He covers the depths of the sea. For by these [mighty acts] He judges the peoples; He gives food in abundance. He covers His hands with the lightning, And commands it to strike the mark. His thundering voice declares [awesomely] His presence; The cattle also are told of His coming storm.’

— Job 36:1-33

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Study Notes:

Today’s summary from the study notes: Job Chapter 36 Explained (visit the links above to dig in deeper verse by verse):

36:1 – 37:24: Elihu had agreed with his 3 co-counselors that Job had sinned, if nowhere else, in the way he questioned God (33:12), by seeing his suffering as indicating God is unjust (34:34-37), and by feeling that righteousness had no reward (chapter 35). In this final answer to Job, he turned to focus mostly on God rather than the sufferer (verse 2).

erses 1-25: Elihu continues by expounding the grace of God to men: He opposes wicked men (verses 5-6); exalts righteous men (verse 7); tries to bring sinners to repentance (verses 8-12), and delivers those who suffer unjustly (verse 15). Before such a God, Job must repent of his sins and praise the omnipotent God (verses 17-25).

Verses 2-4: The phrase “knowledge from afar” conveys Elihu’s mistaken assertion that his words were directly from God.

Verses 5-12: Elihu began by repeating the thought that though God sends trouble, He is just and merciful (verse 6); He watches over the righteous (verse 7); He convicts them of sin (verses 8-9); He teaches them to turn from it (verse 10), and rewards their obedience (verse 11), or punishes their rebellion (verses 12-14).

Verses 36:22 – 37:24: Instead of complaining and questioning God, as Job had been doing, which was sin (as Job will later confess in 42:6), he needed to see God in his suffering and worship Him. 33:24).

Verses 36:26 – 37:24: In a beautiful passage on the power and greatness of God, Elihu lists the marvels of nature as tokens of God’s might: raindrops (36:27-28), thunderstorms (36:29 – 37:5), snow (37:6-9), ice (37:10), and clouds (37:11-13). In light of these examples of God’s greatness, Job is admonished to listen (verse 14). Man is too limited in knowledge (verses 15-20), to speak to, approach, or understand such a God (verses 21-23). Therefore, man must fear God.

Verses 27-33¨Elihu’s description of the “vapor” is simply a declaration of who controls the weather, a typical question in the ancient Near East.

From 36:27 – 37:4 Elihu gave a picture of God’s power in the rain storm.

Job Chapter 36 Explained

So where are you at today? How will you respond to the offer from God of grace, mercy, and salvation? Are you ready to lean into all that God has for you? Are you ready to persevere and trust and have your faith built up? 

My hope and prayer is that You will ask Jesus into your heart so that I will get to spend eternity in God’s presence with you.  Are you ready for forgiveness and peace? Are you ready for a hope and a future? Are you ready for a transformation where the old is gone and the new has come? Are you ready to being the journey of knowing right from wrong? Then let’s pray together to invite Jesus into your heart and your life so that His peace which surpasses all understanding can guide you and comfort you, protect your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. If this is the first time you have prayed to invite Jesus into your heart, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If this is a re-commitment to Jesus, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If you are still questioning or seeking, don’t go it alone, feel free to leave me a comment so we can discuss it. Reply with a comment to let me know of your decision so that I can pray with you. Respond to God’s prompting on your heart. Take time to hear from God today. Take time to be with God today. Take time to respond to God today!

Let’s pray:

^^^^^^^^^^^Will you be willing to put your name there today

What will you do when you are faced with tough times or rough times or sad times?


The Story of Job. – Day 40

How do you get thru the tough times? You make the decision to pour into the lives of the ones you love! How do you get thru the rough times? You focus on the ones you love! How do you get thru the sad times? You spend it with the ones you love!

God’s ways are not our ways! God’s plan is good! God loves us! God works all thing for good for those who love Him! God has already won the victory!

So we can consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds! So we can take heart when we run into troubles! So don’t lose hope!


Today’s reading from God’s Word comes from Job 35:

‘Elihu continued speaking [to Job] and said, “Do you think this is according to [your] justice? Do you say, ‘My righteousness is more than God’s’? For you say, ‘What advantage have you [by living a righteous life]? What profit will I have, more [by being righteous] than if I had sinned?’ I will answer you, And your companions with you. Look to the heavens and see; And behold the skies which are [much] higher than you. If you have sinned, what do you accomplish against Him? And if your transgressions are multiplied, what have you done to Him? If you are righteous, what do you give God, Or what does He receive from your hand? Your wickedness affects only a man such as you, And your righteousness affects only a son of man [but it cannot affect God, who is sovereign]. “Because of the multitudes of oppressions the people cry out; They cry for help because of the [violent] arm of the mighty. But no one says, ‘Where is God my Maker, Who gives songs [of rejoicing] in the night, Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth And makes us wiser than the birds of the heavens?’ The people cry out, but He does not answer Because of the pride of evil men. Surely God will not listen to an empty cry [which lacks trust], Nor will the Almighty regard it. Even though you say that you do not see Him [when missing His righteous judgment on earth], Yet your case is before Him, and you must wait for Him! And now, because He has not [quickly] punished in His anger, Nor has He acknowledged transgression and arrogance well [and seems unaware of the wrong of which a person is guilty], Job uselessly opens his mouth And multiplies words without knowledge [drawing the worthless conclusion that the righteous have no more advantage than the wicked].”’

— Job 35:1-16

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Study Notes:

Today’s summary from the study notes: Job Chapter 35 Explained (visit the links above to dig in deeper verse by verse):

Verses 1-16: Elihu again referred to Job’s complaints, first of all his thinking that there appeared to be no advantage to being righteous (verse 3), which Job had said, as recorded (in 21:15; and 34:9). The first part of his answer is that Job gained nothing by sinning or not sinning because God was so high that nothing men do affects Him (verses 5-7). It only affects other men (verse 8). Job had also complained that God did not answer his prayers when he cried under this oppression (see 24:12, 30:20). Elihu coldly gave 3 reasons why Job’s prayers had not been heard: pride (verses 10, 12), wrong motives (verse 13), and lack of patient trust (verse 14). Again, all this theoretical talk missed Job’s predicament completely because he was righteous. Elihu was no more help than the other counselors.

Verses 13-15: The emphasis here is on God’ transcendence in contrast to His nearness. Rather than humans asking for God’s response, Elihu argued that humans (and Job especially) needed to approach God with humility.

Verses 15-16: Elihu suggested that although Job had suffered, his suffering was not the fullness of God’s anger or He would have punished Job more for the sinfulness of his speeches. He thought God had actually overlooked the folly of Job in his useless words.

Job Chapter 35 Explained

So where are you at today? How will you respond to the offer from God of grace, mercy, and salvation? Are you ready to lean into all that God has for you? Are you ready to persevere and trust and have your faith built up?  My hope and prayer is that You will ask Jesus into your heart so that I will get to spend eternity in God’s presence with you.  Are you ready for forgiveness and peace? Are you ready for a hope and a future? Are you ready for a transformation where the old is gone and the new has come? Are you ready to being the journey of knowing right from wrong? Then let’s pray together to invite Jesus into your heart and your life so that His peace which surpasses all understanding can guide you and comfort you, protect your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. If this is the first time you have prayed to invite Jesus into your heart, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If this is a re-commitment to Jesus, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If you are still questioning or seeking, don’t go it alone, feel free to leave me a comment so we can discuss it. Reply with a comment to let me know of your decision so that I can pray with you. Respond to God’s prompting on your heart. Take time to hear from God today. Take time to be with God today. Take time to respond to God today!

Let’s pray:

^^^^^^^^^^^Will you be willing to put your name there today

How much will you trust God in the midst of the storm(s)?


The Story of Job. – Day 39

We don’t need to understand it all. We don’t need to do it all. God will provide! God is in control! God’s timing is perfect! God can defend himself! Vengeance is mine says the Lord! Can you trust God enough to let go when you don’t know what that means? Can you trust God enough to wait on His perfect timing? Can you trust God in the midst of false attacks and accusations? Can you trust God enough to stop fussing and stop getting all wound up? Can you trust God enough to allow His peace that surpasses all understanding to guard your heart and mind?

If it is out of your control then why worry about it? If it is out of your control then why keep focusing on it? If it is out of your control why not just give it up to God and let Him take care of it since He knows everything, is everywhere, and is all powerful?

We don’t have to be silent but rather we can talk our way through it with God! He isn’t out there somewhere but He is right here with us! He will never leave us nor abandon nor forsake us! He is here to help us process through the situation! He is here to help us persevere in the midst of the trials and troubles! It is because of Him that we can consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds! It is because of Him that we can take heart when we face troubles!


Today’s reading from God’s Word: Job 34

‘Elihu continued his discourse and said, “Hear my words, you wise men, And listen to me, you who have [so much] knowledge. For the ear puts words to the test As the palate tastes food. Let us choose for ourselves that which is right; Let us know among ourselves what is good. For Job has said, ‘I am righteous [and innocent], But God has taken away my right; Although I am right, I am accounted a liar. My wound is incurable, though I am without transgression.’ What man is like Job, Who drinks up derision like water, Who goes in company with those who do evil And walks with wicked men? For he has said, ‘It profits a man nothing When he takes delight and is pleased with God and obeys Him.’ “Therefore hear me, you men of understanding. Far be it from God that He would do wickedness, And from the Almighty to do wrong. For God pays a man according to his work, And He will make every man find [appropriate] compensation according to his way. Surely God will not act wickedly, Nor will the Almighty pervert justice. Who put God in charge over the earth? And who has laid on Him the whole world? If God should determine to do so, If He should gather to Himself [that is, withdraw from man] His [life-giving] spirit and His breath, All flesh would perish together, And man would return to dust. “If you now have understanding, hear this; Listen to the sound of my words. Shall one who hates justice [and is an enemy of right] govern? And will you condemn Him who is just and mighty? God who says to a king, ‘You are worthless and vile,’ Or to princes and nobles, ‘You are wicked and evil’? Who is not partial to princes, Nor does He regard the rich above the poor, For they all are the work of His hands. In a moment they die, even at midnight The people are shaken and pass away, And the powerful are taken away without a [human] hand. “For God’s eyes are on the ways of a man, And He sees all his steps. There is no darkness nor deep shadow Where the evildoers may hide themselves. For He sets no appointed time for a man, That he should appear before Him in judgment. He breaks mighty men without inquiry, And sets others in their place. Therefore He knows of their works, And He overthrows them in the night, So that they are crushed and destroyed. He strikes them like the wicked In a public place, Because they turned aside from following Him And would not consider or show regard for any of His ways, So that they caused the cry of the poor to come to Him, And He heard the cry of the afflicted. When He keeps quiet, who then can condemn? When He hides His face [withdrawing His favor and help], who then can behold Him [and make supplication to Him], Whether it be a nation or a man by himself?— So that godless men would not rule Nor be snares for the people. “For has anyone said to God, ‘I have endured my chastisement; I will not offend anymore; Teach me what I do not see [in regard to how I have sinned]; If I have done wrong (injustice, unrighteousness), I will not do it again’? Shall God’s retribution [for your sins] be on your terms, because you refuse to accept it? For you must do the choosing, and not I; Therefore say what you [truthfully] know. Men of understanding will tell me, Indeed, every wise man who hears me [will agree], ‘Job speaks without knowledge, And his words are without wisdom and insight. Job ought to be tried to the limit Because he answers like wicked men! For he adds rebellion [in his unsubmissive, defiant attitude toward God] to his [unacknowledged] sin; He claps his hands among us [in open mockery and contempt of God], And he multiplies his words [of accusation] against God.’ ”’

–Job 34:1-37

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Study Notes:

Today’s summary from the study notes: Job Chapter 34 Explained (visit the links above to dig in deeper verse by verse):

34:1 – 35:16: In these chapters Elihu answers two arguments crucial to Job’s position. First, against Job’s charge that God has wrongly afflicted an innocent man. Elihu answers that God’s absolute sovereignty (34:13-15), and omniscience (34:21-28), ensure His justice. Second, against Job’s position that righteousness does not garner divine favor, Elihu answers that neither sin nor righteousness cause any change in God (35:5-7). Further, Job has denied the teaching value of suffering (35:11), and has failed to have his prayers answered because they are vain (35:13).

Verses 1-37: Elihu addressed Job and his accusers. His approach was to quote Job directly (verses 5-9), then respond to his complaints, but at times he misinterpreted Job’s remarks, and at other times he put the words of the accusers in Job’s mouth. The most obvious example of the latter wrongdoing was in saying that Job claimed to be sinless and perfect (verse 6). Job never claimed that; in fact, Job acknowledge his sin (7:21; 13:26). Elihu didn’t know it, but God had pronounced Job innocent (1:8; 2:3). In answer to Job’s complaints that God seemed unjust, Elihu reminded Job that God was too holy to do anything wrong (verse 10), fair in dealing with people (verses 11-12), powerful (verses 13-14), just (verses 17-18), impartial (verses 19-20), omniscient (verses 21-22), the judge of all (verse 23), and the Sovereign who does what He wills to prevent evil (verses 24-30).

Verses 8-12: The young sage counted Job among those in the company of “wicked man”, not because of his actions but because he had accused God in injustice (27:2). Elihu believed correctly, that God is always just in His ways and is incapable of doing wrong, but applied it incorrectly, using it against Job.

Verses 16-20: The Hebrew words shift from the plural to the singular here, as Elihu shifts his attention away from the friends and back to Job. This time, Elihu declares that an unjust God is unthinkable, because if He were unjust, He could not be God and everything would fall apart.

Verses 21-30: Elihu defended God against Job’s criticism that God was neglectful and absent (“His eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings”).

Verses 23-25: God knows everything about each person. He is not obligated to gather “men without number” to get more information. Because God’s knowledge is not skewed like human knowledge. He judges with perfect wisdom (Psalm 139:1-4).

Verses 31-33: God will not be regulated in His dealings by what men may think. He does not consult men. If He chooses to chasten He will decide when it is enough.

Verses 34-37: Apparently, Elihu was convinced Job hadn’t had enough chastening because of how he answered his prosecutors. He continued to defend his innocence and speak to God.

Verses 35-37: Elihu concluded that his friend was guilty (“My desire is that Job may be tried unto the end”) because he expressed anger against God (added “Rebellion unto his sin”), rather than maintaining a posture of repentance and silence.

Job Chapter 34 Explained

So where are you at today? How will you respond to the offer from God of grace, mercy, and salvation? Are you ready to lean into all that God has for you? Are you ready to persevere and trust and have your faith built up? 

My hope and prayer is that You will ask Jesus into your heart so that I will get to spend eternity in God’s presence with you. 

Are you ready for forgiveness and peace? Are you ready for a hope and a future? Are you ready for a transformation where the old is gone and the new has come? Are you ready to being the journey of knowing right from wrong? Then let’s pray together to invite Jesus into your heart and your life so that His peace which surpasses all understanding can guide you and comfort you, protect your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. If this is the first time you have prayed to invite Jesus into your heart, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If this is a re-commitment to Jesus, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If you are still questioning or seeking, don’t go it alone, feel free to leave me a comment so we can discuss it.

Reply with a comment to let me know of your decision so that I can pray with you. Respond to God’s prompting on your heart.

Take time to hear from God today. Take time to be with God today. Take time to respond to God today!

Let’s pray:

^^^^^^^^^^^Will you be willing to put your name there today?

How will your day be defined?


The Story of Job. – Day 38

How will a day be? Can it be defined by how it starts? Can it be defined by how it finishes? Can it be defined by how it played out? Will any of them make it a good day vs bad day? Will any of them make it a happy day vs a non-happy day? Will any of them be able to steal your joy since you know that this is the day that the Lord has made?

What if you start your day in God’s Word, how does that setup your day?

What if you start your day at the movie theater with popcorn, soda, and the new release of Star Wars?

What if you start your day in the office with meetings?

What if you end your day with a family dinner?

What if you end your day with watching the sporting activities of your kids?

What if your day is filled with attacks physically, spiritually, mentally, or emotionally?

What if your day is filled with accusations and lies?

What if your day is filled with deception and misdirection?

What if your day is filled with uncertainty, obscurity, and vagueness?

What defines how your day is and will be and was? Will you go back to Psalms 118 and take hold of the truth that:

This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalms 118:24

What type of attitude will your response to the day say about you? Will it be a response of joy? Will it be a response of trust? Will it be a response of faith? Will it be a response of truth? Will it be a response of grace? Will it be a response of pain? Will it be a response of complaining? Will it be a response of justification? Will it be a response of hope? Will it be a response of despair? What type of a response will it be and how will that speak of your attitude?


Today’s reading from God’s Word: Job 33

‘“However, Job, please listen to my words, And pay attention to everything I say. Behold, I have opened my mouth [to begin my speech]; My tongue in my mouth is going to speak. My words will express the uprightness of my heart, And my lips will speak what they know with utter sincerity. The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life [which inspires me]. Answer me, if you can; Set yourselves before me, take your stand. Behold, I belong to God like you; I too was formed out of the clay. Behold, I will not make you afraid or terrified of me [for I am only mortal and not God], Nor should any pressure from me weigh heavily upon you. “Surely you have spoken in my hearing, And I have heard the sound of your words, saying: ‘I am pure, without transgression; I am innocent and there is no guilt in me. Behold, God finds pretexts against me; He counts me as His enemy. He puts my feet in the stocks [to hinder and humiliate me]; He [suspiciously] watches all my paths,’ [you say]. Look, let me answer you, in this you are not right or just; For God is greater and far superior to man. “Why do you complain against Him? That He does not answer [you with] all His doings. For God speaks once, And even twice, yet no one notices it [including you, Job]. In a dream, a vision of the night [one may hear God’s voice], When deep sleep falls on men While slumbering upon the bed, Then He opens the ears of men And seals their instruction, That He may turn man aside from his conduct, And keep him from pride; He holds back his soul from the pit [of destruction], And his life from passing over into Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead). “Man is also disciplined with pain on his bed, And with unceasing complaint in his bones, So that his life makes him loathe food, And his soul [loathe] even his favorite dishes. His flesh is so wasted away that it cannot be seen, And his bones which were not seen now stick out. Then his soul draws near to the pit [of destruction], And his life to those who bring death (the destroyers). “If there is an angel as a mediator for him, One out of a thousand, To explain to a man what is right for him [that is, how to be in right standing with God], Then the angel is gracious to him, and says, ‘Spare him from going down to the pit [of destruction]; I have found a ransom [a consideration, or reason for redemption, an atonement]!’ Let his flesh be restored and become fresher than in youth; Let him return to the days of his youthful strength. He will pray to God, and He shall be favorable to him, So that he looks at His face with joy; For God restores to man His righteousness [that is, his right standing with God—with its joys]. He sings out to other men, ‘I have sinned and perverted that which was right, And it was not proper for me! God has redeemed my life from going to the pit [of destruction], And my life shall see the light.’ ” [Elihu comments,] “Behold, God does all these things twice, yes, three times, with a man, To bring his life back from the pit [of destruction], That he may be enlightened with the light of the living. Pay attention, Job, listen to me; Keep silent, and I will speak. If you have anything to say, answer me; Speak, for I desire to justify you. If not [and you have nothing to say], listen to me; Keep silent, and I will teach you wisdom.”’

— Job 33:1-33

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Study Notes:

Today’s summary from the study notes: Job Chapter 33 Explained (visit the links above to dig in deeper verse by verse):

Verses 1-33: The first of Elihu’s challenges to Job began with proud claims (verses 1-7), followed by references to Job’s questions/complaints (verses 8-11). Then came Elihu’s answers (verses 12-33).

Elihu charges that Job has had a complaining attitude toward his suffering and a hostile attitude toward God. God does not have to answer to man (verse 13), but He does reveal Himself through dreams and visions (verses 15-16), pain and suffering (verses 19-22), and angelic beings (verse 23). When a man responds favorably to his suffering, God restores him (verses 25-28).

Verses 8-11: In summarizing Job’s argument, Elihu recalls Job’s claim of sinlessness. Here Elihu is not accusing Job of claiming to be without original sin. Rather, he is rightly understanding Job’s assertion that he has not committed a transgression that warrants the suffering he has endured.

Verses 14-18; God does speak, he contended, in many ways such as dreams and visions to protect people from evil and deadly ways (verses 17-18).

Verses 15-18: Elihu suggested that perhaps Job had missed some of the ways God speaks, beginning with dreams. The Old Testament reports prominent dreams in the lives of Joseph (Gen. 37:40-41) and Daniel (Dan. 2:4, 7-12).

Verses 19-28: Job has lamented that his suffering was not deserved. Elihu answered that complaint by saying he was God’s messenger, a mediator to Job to show him that God doesn’t act in a whimsical way, but allows suffering as chastening to bring a person to summit to Him as upright (verse 23), and to repent (verse 27), that his life may be spared (verses 24, 28, 30). God allows suffering for spiritual benefit.

Elihu’s words here to Job agree with the gospel presented in the New Testament. Similar to much of what Paul wrote in his letters, a “ransom” is necessary to secure a person’s redemption and to avoid the deserved judgment (Rom. 5:6-11).

Verses 23-26: Some scholars argue that Elihu was presenting himself as the “daysman” (interpreter), job needed (9:31-33). Even if this were the case, he was not the mediator Job sought. Job needed an intermediary who could be a “ransom” for him. Christ alone is qualified as that ransom, for Job and for all people (1 Tim. 2:5-6).

Job Chapter 33 Explained

So where are you at today? How will you respond to the offer from God of grace, mercy, and salvation? Are you ready to lean into all that God has for you? Are you ready to persevere and trust and have your faith built up? 

My hope and prayer is that You will ask Jesus into your heart so that I will get to spend eternity in God’s presence with you. 

Are you ready for forgiveness and peace? Are you ready for a hope and a future? Are you ready for a transformation where the old is gone and the new has come? Are you ready to being the journey of knowing right from wrong? Then let’s pray together to invite Jesus into your heart and your life so that His peace which surpasses all understanding can guide you and comfort you, protect your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. If this is the first time you have prayed to invite Jesus into your heart, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If this is a re-commitment to Jesus, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If you are still questioning or seeking, don’t go it alone, feel free to leave me a comment so we can discuss it.

Reply with a comment to let me know of your decision so that I can pray with you. Respond to God’s prompting on your heart.

Take time to hear from God today. Take time to be with God today. Take time to respond to God today!

Let’s pray:

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