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 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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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!