Category Archives: Trust

How much can you trust?


So you wanted vision or visibility or insight… So you got some, now what? Did it help you or did it cause more questions to get raised? Did it clarify the things you wondered about or did it generate more questions? Who will you put your trust in? Will you trust that if God brought you to it that He will bring you through it? Will you trust that God is in control? Will you trust that God puts the people who are in authority into authority? Will you trust Him even when it doesn’t make sense? Will you trust Him even when it seems to go against what you had been told? Will you trust Him? Now ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom and discernment about the plans being made around you. Ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom and discernment if you are in need to speak up or speak out or even just question. Ask the Holy Spirit to cover you with His peace that surpasses all understanding. Be still and know that God is God! Listen carefully for the still and quiet voice. Walk in alignment and obedience to God’s instruction and direction.


Day 221: 2020 Hindsight
— The 49-Week Challenge – Day 22 —

Hindsight is 2020

Want to join me in the challenge? Click Day 22 link above or want to join link here to join me and sign up.

Let’s share our takeaways from today’s reading! Did you catch and promises to trust? Did you catch any commands to obey? Did you catch any truths to embrace? Did you catch any warnings to heed? Did you catch any encouragement to rest in? What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about the world? What verse stood out most to you today?

If you are interested in getting together or sharing the information together, please let me know through the comment section below, through email, or even through text messages.


Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from: (I have chosen to use NIV translation, but feel free to choose whichever version you feel more comfortable with)


My Notes:

  • Do you realize the power of Jesus to change the situation or circumstance?
  • Do you realize the wisdom of Jesus to know where you are at and know what you have need of before you even ask?
  • Do you trust Jesus in the middle of the storm?
  • Do you trust Jesus in the midst of the waves?
  • Do you trust that God’s timing is perfect?
  • Do you trust that God won’t give you more than He knows you can handle?
  • Do you realize that Jesus isn’t out there somewhere but He is right here with us?
  • Are you willing to do whatever Jesus tells you to do?
  • Will you trust Him enough to do it even if it seems like more than you can do?
  • Will you stand up for what is right? Will you stand up for what is just?
  • Will you choose to speak up and speak out for justice and righteousness?
  • Will you believe in Jesus?
  • What signs do people see that you are a follower of Jesus?
  • What does the dream mean? Are you able to interpret the vision? Are you able to interpret the plans?
  • Don’t lose hope even if you have to wait for you will be remembered.
  • Point people to God for wisdom and interpretation.
  • Receive what God is telling you to do. Do it!
  • God has a purpose and a plan for you!
  • Be prompt in doing what God is telling you to do, don’t wait and be ruined, instead allow the Spirit of God in you to lead and guide you so that God will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name.
  • Remember what you have learned!
  • Walk with humility and wisdom
  • Forget all your troubles and remember how God has made you fruitful.
  • Live out your today as a living sacrifice to God
  • Live out your day with Jesus as your Lord and Savior for He gave up His life in order that you can be saved and reconciled back to God
  • We are the children of the Lord our God
  • God so loves us that He sent Jesus to make a way when we couldn’t make a way in our own strength or power
  • Be generous! Walk in a spirit of generosity! Whatever you give, do so joyfully for God loves a cheerful giver.
  • God’s plan for you is for good and not for evil. God’s plan is to give you a hope and a future. God’s plan was so filled with love that He sent Jesus to pay the price and make a way when there didn’t seem to be a way. We need to remember what we have learned and so walk out our lives with wisdom in humility. God knows right where you are at and even knows what you have need of before you ask. So trust in God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength and pursue Him and His will every step of the day! Let’s delight ourselves in the Lord in order that we can receive the desires of our heart!

As day 22 of 2020 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision this early into 2020 and the blessing to get to live out the rest of 2020 in that power and that truth and that hope.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?

Did you pray with me? Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision? Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?


Today’s devotional comes from Life.Church. For more information, please visit www.life.church — Thank you Life.Church for sharing this reading plan through Bible.com

What happens when it starts today?


Imagine being told to go and do something and change how things were being done. Imagine being told to not do it and fortunately you hadn’t gotten to it but were planning to do it today. Imagine had it been done and the response it may have had. Imagine the changes that are taking place that you aren’t even aware of. Ever considered what God is doing and can be doing even when we don’t see it? Ever consider how God is going ahead of you to prepare in advance the good works He has for you to accomplish? Ever considered everything Jesus gave up in order to make a way when there didn’t seem to be a way? Ever considered that yes in this world we will have trouble but that we don’t have to worry or fret because Jesus has already overcome the world? Ever considered the benefits of perseverance even in the midst of trials? Do those benefits allow you to consider it pure joy when you face trials of many kinds? Ever realized that the perseverance will make it so that you will be complete and lacking nothing?

If not, then why not start today? What happens when you choose to make today the start of your relationship with Jesus? What if today you put God first? What happens when you choose to make today the start of the new way? What happens when you decide that you will do it God’s way starting today? What happens when you decide that today is the day that the Lord has made so you will start rejoicing and being glad in it? What if today were the day that you reached out and joined the reading 49-week challenge and joined us right where we are at today? Is today the day? Do you realize the gift that today is? Do is the present! Yesterday is gone! Tomorrow is not guaranteed! So let’s make the most of today and let’s get it started!

Let’s get it started by praising God for who He is and what He is like! Let’s get it started by confessing our sins and asking God to forgive us for having missed the mark! Let’s get it started by thanking God for forgiveness through Jesus Christ who paid it all! Let’s get it started by thanking God for the blessings in our life! Let’s get it started by thanking God for all the answered prayers! Let’s get it started by thanking God for what He has done for us! Any worries or concerns? Let’s get it started by sharing them with God instead of carrying them around with us today! Know of needs of others? Let’s get it started asking God to help them in their place of need! At a decision point and not sure what to do? Let’s get it started asking God for guidance! Not sure what to do or where to go? Let’s get it started by putting our hope and our trust in God!


Day 21: 2020 Hindsight
— The 49-Week Challenge – Day 21 —

Hindsight is 2020

Want to join me in the challenge? Click Day 21 link above or want to join link here to join me and sign up.

Let’s share our takeaways from today’s reading! Did you catch and promises to trust? Did you catch any commands to obey? Did you catch any truths to embrace? Did you catch any warnings to heed? Did you catch any encouragement to rest in? What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about the world? What verse stood out most to you today?

If you are interested in getting together or sharing the information together, please let me know through the comment section below, through email, or even through text messages.


Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from: (I have chosen to use NIV translation, but feel free to choose whichever version you feel more comfortable with)


I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

Psalms 91:2

My Notes:

  • We can be assured of God’s protection and so let’s call out to God in whom we trust when we are faced with troubles and trials.
  • John Gil’s exposition speaks to today’s verse this way:
    • I will say of the Lord
      • Or to the Lord: these are the words of the psalmist, expressing his faith in the Lord in the following words, taking encouragement from the safety of the godly man above described: the Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, and all the Oriental versions, read, he shall say to the Lord; that is, the man that dwells in the secret place, and under the shadow of the Lord: the Targum is,
      • “David said, I will say to the Lord,”
      • as follows:
    • he is my refuge:
      • a refuge in every time of trouble, outward or toward; a refuge when all others fail; and is himself a never failing one, a strong refuge, which none can break through and into, and in which all that have fled thither and dwell are safe:
    • and my fortress;
      • what fortifications, natural or artificial, are to a city and its inhabitants, that is God to his people, and much more; he is round about them, as the mountains were about Jerusalem; his salvation are walls and bulwarks to them; yea, he is a wall of fire about them, ( Psalms 125:2 ) ( Isaiah 26:1 ) ( Zechariah 2:5 ) , they are kept by his power, as in a garrison, ( 1 Peter 1:5 ) ,
    • my God, in him will I trust;
      • his covenant God, his God in Christ, and who would ever continue so; and was a proper object of his trust and confidence, both as the God of nature, and the God of grace; who is to be trusted in, both for temporal and spiritual blessings, and at all times; to which his lovingkindness, power, and faithfulness, greatly encourage and engage: the Targum is,
      • “in his Word will I trust.”
  • Treasury of Scripture Knowledge shares:

As day 21 of 2020 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision this early into 2020 and the blessing to get to live out the rest of 2020 in that power and that truth and that hope.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?

Did you pray with me? Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision? Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?


Today’s devotional comes from Life.Church. For more information, please visit www.life.church — Thank you Life.Church for sharing this reading plan through Bible.com

Do you realize what is just in front of you?


Do you realize what is just in front of you? Do you realize the impact of the temperature of the situation? Is it wet or is it ice? Is it cold, warm, or hot? How is it making those around you feel? Is there anything you can do to help the situation? Do you know what to do to avoid escalating the situation? Can you make it stop? Can you make it stop as quickly as you would like? What if what is just in front of you happens to be ice and you can’t stop? Do you understanding your surroundings? Do you understand the dynamics of what is going on? Do you realize where you do and don’t have support? Do you realize where you will and won’t get support? You may want to look around and reconsider the situation you are in. You may want to revisit the options of moving forward vs staying put. You may want to revisit who is with you and who is against you. You may want to consider if things really are as they seem. Who can you really trust? Who can you really depend on? Do you know that you believe what you hope for?


Day 17: 2020 Hindsight
— The 49-Week Challenge – Day 17 —

Hindsight is 2020

Want to join me in the challenge? Click Day 17 link above or want to join link here to join me and sign up.

Let’s share our takeaways from today’s reading! Did you catch and promises to trust? Did you catch any commands to obey? Did you catch any truths to embrace? Did you catch any warnings to heed? Did you catch any encouragement to rest in? What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about the world? What verse stood out most to you today?

If you are interested in getting together or sharing the information together, please let me know through the comment section below, through email, or even through text messages.


Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from: (I have chosen to use NIV translation, but feel free to choose whichever version you feel more comfortable with)


My Notes:


As day 17 of 2020 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision this early into 2020 and the blessing to get to live out the rest of 2020 in that power and that truth and that hope.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?

Did you pray with me? Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision? Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?


Today’s devotional comes from Life.Church. For more information, please visit www.life.church — Thank you Life.Church for sharing this reading plan through Bible.com

New Day! New Week! New snow day! No matter which it is for you, put your hope and trust in God!


So getting back on schedule, getting back on task, getting back to things as we start this new year with a full week. I wake up rested after traveling thru different time zones, waking up way early in the other time zone, and dealing with the challenges of my stay while yet being able to spend time and have fun with family. I prepare for this new week after an incredible week of wisdom and hearing from God during my 3 day journey of fasting and prayer week. God is good! Even when the world may try to slip you up or slow you down, God is always good, God is always in control, and God always has a plan.


Day 13: 2020 Hindsight
— The 49-Week Challenge – Day 13 —

Hindsight is 2020

Want to join me in the challenge? Click Day 13 link above or want to join link here to join me and sign up.

Let’s share our takeaways from today’s reading! Did you catch and promises to trust? Did you catch any commands to obey? Did you catch any truths to embrace? Did you catch any warnings to heed? Did you catch any encouragement to rest in? What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about the world? What verse stood out most to you today?

If you are interested in getting together or sharing the information together, please let me know through the comment section below, through email, or even through text messages.


Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from: (I have chosen to use NIV translation, but feel free to choose whichever version you feel more comfortable with)


My Notes:

  • Who is leading? Who is preparing the way?
  • God has gone before you preparing in advance the good works He has for you to accomplish.
  • Who are you leading? Who are you preparing the way for? Where are you pointing people? Are you leading in the right direction?
  • Are your words speaking to people the right messages?
  • Are you turning back and turning others back to God?
  • Are you producing good fruit?
  • Have you been baptized in the Holy Spirit?
  • Are you able to obey God in order to accomplish God’s will and fulfill His purpose and plans?
  • Have you received Jesus as Your Lord and Savior and received His directions and instructions?
  • Jesus is able to take away our disgrace, will you let Him?
  • Have you been grafted onto the branch of God?
  • Are you now a part of the family of God?
  • As some have been pruned or cut off from the branch and thrown into the fire, others will be grafted onto the branch and become a part of God’s branch.
  • Will you receive the comfort of God? Will you allow the peace of God that surpasses all understanding to comfort you?
  • Will you make the most of your short time on this earth? God’s Word endures forever.
  • Do you realize that God gently leads those that have young? Do you realize that God carries the lams close to His heart?
  • Do you realize your value in the God?
  • Do you realize that there is nothing we can compare God to?
  • Do you realize that since there is nothing that compares to God that there is no reason or way to create any image of Him?
  • Live with humility.
  • Put your hope in the Lord and have your strength renewed.
  • Allow the Lord to lift you up while you are low so that you can soar on wings like eagles.
  • Allow the Lord to be your strength and endurance so that you can run and not grow weary and you can walk and not become faint.
  • So let us praise the Lord in the ways we have available to us.
  • Let us praise the faithfulness of the Lord
  • Let us praise the love of the Lord
  • Let us praise how He makes us glad
  • Let us praise Him with joy for all that His hands have done
  • Let us praise the works of the Lord!

As day 13 of 2020 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision this early into 2020 and the blessing to get to live out the rest of 2020 in that power and that truth and that hope.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?

Did you pray with me? Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision? Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?


Today’s devotional comes from Life.Church. For more information, please visit www.life.church — Thank you Life.Church for sharing this reading plan through Bible.com

Are you walking? Are you running? Are you gliding? Are you bobbing? Are you weaving? Are you spinning?


Imagine gliding across the water at up to 26 MPH, bobbing, weaving, turning, and getting to see amazing things like alligators, turtles, and many varieties of birds. Reeds flying by, water splashing up from time to time. Exhilarating and amazing adventure where you can’t see where you are going but the drive is able to bring you thru what would appear to a path through the place. It kind of reminds me of where I have read that God will make a way even when there doesn’t seem to be a way. It kind of reminds me of where I have read that God knows the beginning from the end. It kind of reminds me of where I have read that nothing is a surprise to God. It kind of reminds me of where I have read that God know even before we ask what we have need of.


Day 11: 2020 Hindsight
— The 49-Week Challenge – Day 11 —

Hindsight is 2020

Want to join me in the challenge? Click Day 11 link above or want to join link here to join me and sign up.

Let’s share our takeaways from today’s reading! Did you catch and promises to trust? Did you catch any commands to obey? Did you catch any truths to embrace? Did you catch any warnings to heed? Did you catch any encouragement to rest in? What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about the world? What verse stood out most to you today?

If you are interested in getting together or sharing the information together, please let me know through the comment section below, through email, or even through text messages.


Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from: (I have chosen to use NIV translation, but feel free to choose whichever version you feel more comfortable with)


My Notes:

  • Do you realize how big of a deal it really is?
  • Do you realize how important you are to God?
  • Do you realize how far God will go to try and get you to choose and love Him?
  • Do you realize there is a time and a place for everything?
  • Do you realize that not everyone who acts like they are looking for your best interest really are?
  • Do you realize that we need to listen and obey the prompting of the Holy Spirit what the truth is and what we are to do, like the warning received by the Magi?
  • Do you realize that we need to listen and obey the direction of the Holy Spirit what we should do, like the direction and warning provided to Joseph because Herod was about to go and kill all the children and God had foretold how it would be said that “Out of Egypt I called my son” as well as when Joseph was directed to go back home which would fulfill what God had foretold of how “he would be called a Nazarene“?
  • In Micah we even see how God foretold so long ago how Jesus would be born in Bethlehem.
  • God has a plan that is good for those who will choose Him to be their Lord
  • In Hosea, we learn about how Jesus was to be called out of Egypt.
  • What is it going to take for people to turn back to God? Will it be natural disasters? Will it be storms? Will it be fire? Will it be flooding? Will it be wars or threats of wars? What is it going to take?
  • What will it take for you to see clearly?
  • What will it take for your ears to be opened in order to hear God’s word?
  • Do you realize the protection God has put over you? Do you realize the blessings that are available to God’s people?
  • Will you only speak what God gives you to speak?
  • Do you realize there is a good way and a bad way to live your life?
  • Do you realize there is a possibility of doing something accidentally or intentionally?
  • Jesus is our redeemer! We have all missed the mark! Jesus paid it all!

As day 11 of 2020 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision this early into 2020 and the blessing to get to live out the rest of 2020 in that power and that truth and that hope.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?

Did you pray with me? Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision? Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?


Today’s devotional comes from Life.Church. For more information, please visit www.life.church — Thank you Life.Church for sharing this reading plan through Bible.com

We need to realize we are at an intersection point. We need to turn back to God humbly and pray.


You wake up at your normal time and when you login you see the computer’s clock shows 3 hours earlier. How will you adjust? How will you respond? Are you ready for a new day with an early start? Are you ready for a new adventure? What if you found a surprise last night? What if you gave it up to God rather than worrying in order to get some sleep? How will God take care of it? How will God provide this time? Let’s get ready to go and see what all He will do with today!

Day 10: 2020 Hindsight
— The 49-Week Challenge – Day 10 —

Hindsight is 2020

Want to join me in the challenge? Click Day 10 link above or want to join link here to join me and sign up.

Let’s share our takeaways from today’s reading! Did you catch and promises to trust? Did you catch any commands to obey? Did you catch any truths to embrace? Did you catch any warnings to heed? Did you catch any encouragement to rest in? What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about the world? What verse stood out most to you today?

If you are interested in getting together or sharing the information together, please let me know through the comment section below, through email, or even through text messages.


Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from: (I have chosen to use NIV translation, but feel free to choose whichever version you feel more comfortable with)


My Notes:

  • Do you realize that sometime to get you where you need to be requires that you are inconvenienced? Similar to how it took the census of Caesar Augustus to get get Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem in time for the birth of Jesus.
  • Do you realize that sometimes God uses the selfishness or plans of man to accomplish His will? Similar to how Caesar Augustus’s desire to be able to tax, control, manipulate, enlist caused him to take a census of the entire Roman world.
  • Do you realize that even when others have plans for evil, God can turn them around and use them for good? Similar to how Joseph’s brothers sold him as a slave but how it positioned Joseph to save not only Egypt but also his entire family.
  • Do you realize that God’s plan is for everyone? Similar to how in the midst of the birth of Jesus, He sent out angels to the shepherds so they too can know of the birth of the savior.
  • Do you realize that God can bring encouragement in the midst of your life by sending others to speak God’s truth to you? Similar to how the shepherds went to see Jesus and how it spoke truth and life to Mary and Joseph. Similar to how Simeon spoke praising God as he was to live until he got to see the salvation for both Israel and the gentiles. Similar to how Anna, the daughter of Penuel got to speak about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.
  • Do you realize the importance of giving your children to God and having them dedicated to Him? Similar to what they did both for Jesus and in the Old Testament.
  • Do you realize there are reasons and purposes for resisting things and even celebrating things? Like what was being done because the Lord brought the people of Israel out of Egypt with His mighty hand, out the land of slavery.
  • Do you realize no matter the situation or the circumstances, God will lead you and guide if you are willing to listen and follow after Him. Like how He provided fire by night and cloud by day.
  • Do you realize there is a way and time for everything? God reveals these things in His Word like purification, like Solomon spoke.
  • Let’s celebrate all the good God has done for us so that others may see it and also glorify our Heavenly Father in heaven.
  • Do you realize that God will forgive our sins and heal our land? Like He promised in today’s reading when he said:
    • ‘“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. ‘ — 2 Chronicles 7:13-14
  • Do you realize God is revealed through everything in life?

As day 10 of 2020 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision this early into 2020 and the blessing to get to live out the rest of 2020 in that power and that truth and that hope.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?

Did you pray with me? Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision? Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?


Today’s devotional comes from Life.Church. For more information, please visit www.life.church — Thank you Life.Church for sharing this reading plan through Bible.com

Amazing a time of fasting and prayer can reveal and accomplish. Amazing the revelations of God and His power on display.


Some questions answered. Some plans revealed. Some ideas brought up. But now to pause and reflect on the time of prayer and to focus some time on family. The who has been revealed. The what list has begun. The how is tbd. The operating model still feels like it is up in the air. To hear from an astronaut… To experience a higher level of competition… Giving it all up to God so that His peace that surpasses all understanding will guard my heart and mind. Giving it all up to God so that His way, His plan, His purpose, and His will can be revealed as I seek first the king of God and His righteousness.


Day 9: 2020 Hindsight
The 49-Week ChallengeDay 9

Hindsight is 2020

Want to join me in the challenge? Click Day 9 link above or want to join link here to join me and sign up.

Let’s share our takeaways from today’s reading! Did you catch and promises to trust? Did you catch any commands to obey? Did you catch any truths to embrace? Did you catch any warnings to heed? Did you catch any encouragement to rest in? What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about the world? What verse stood out most to you today?

If you are interested in getting together or sharing the information together, please let me know through the comment section below, through email, or even through text messages.


Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from: (I have chosen to use NIV translation, but feel free to choose whichever version you feel more comfortable with)


My Notes:

  • Ever needed perspective on how things should go or how things have gone down?
  • Ever found that when you hear the story from more than one perspective you can have a better understanding of the situation?
  • Imagine being Joseph before the encounter and hearing what Mary had to say.
  • Imagine being Mary after Joseph had the encounter with the angel
  • Imagine hearing each story from their individual perspectives and being able to combine them and realize God’s plan in and through their lives
  • Imagine realizing the revelation that you are about to be a part of a prophesy from hundreds of years earlier
  • When you have the full perspective you are able to see more clearly and more easily be able to commit and do what you are needed to do.
  • We can’t let the lies and deception of the devil to cause fear that will keep us from what God has planned in advance for us
  • Let us not be afraid but instead allow our faith to overcome our fear and go and do what God commands of us to do
  • We need to stand firm in our faith!
  • We can trust in God!
  • Consider what is promised in the time of Isaiah.
  • We need to turn back to God for He makes forgiveness available to us through Jesus Christ our Lord.
  • We need to wait upon the Lord and He will renew our strength
  • We need to put our hope in God for his love is unfailing
  • We need to put our hope in God for his redemption is full
  • We need to be good stewards
  • We need to love our neighbors as ourselves
  • We need to live out our lives doing good
  • We need to follow God’s leading and guiding in order that through it all He will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory and we can live under the covering and blessings of God.
  • We need to honor our father and mother as it is the first command with a promise that things will go well with us.
  • We need to do good not evil

As day 9 of 2020 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision this early into 2020 and the blessing to get to live out the rest of 2020 in that power and that truth and that hope.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?

Did you pray with me? Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision? Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?


Today’s devotional comes from Life.Church. For more information, please visit www.life.church — Thank you Life.Church for sharing this reading plan through Bible.com

What will you do when you do not know what is going on? What will you do when you do not know what to do?


Are you ready? How do you get ready when you aren’t sure what is around the corner? Do you start in God’s Word? Do you start with prayer? Do you just wing it? Where will your hope come from? Where will your help come from? My hope comes from the Lord! My help comes from the Lord! So I will start in God’s Word to get wisdom and allow the comforter and counselor (the Holy Spirit) to guide and guard my heart and mind. I will not lean on my own understanding but rather I will put my trust in God! I wait upon the Lord for I know that through Him I can receive a peace that surpasses all understanding. I know that God is a way maker, miracle worker, promise keeper, and light in the darkness.


Would you consider the 3 day challenge in order to be ready to accomplish the plans of God who put you right here and right now for such a day and such a time as this? What if it meant giving up something for those 3 days? What if it meant you had to give them up starting tomorrow? Would it have to be significant for you to even consider it? Would it have to be person for you to do it?

Day 6: 2020 Hindsight
The 49-Week ChallengeDay 6

Hindsight is 2020

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Let’s share our takeaways from today’s reading! Did you catch and promises to trust? Did you catch any commands to obey? Did you catch any truths to embrace? Did you catch any warnings to heed? Did you catch any encouragement to rest in? What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about the world? What verse stood out most to you today?

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Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from: (I have chosen to use NIV translation, but feel free to choose whichever version you feel more comfortable with)


My Notes:

  • Do you realize the impact you can have on the future?
  • Do you realize the impact of your decisions on history?
  • Do you realize the legacy that you can produce?
  • Consider the story of Ruth and its impact on the legacy that led to Jesus.
  • Consider the story of Ruth and its impact on the legacy that led to King David.
  • Consider the story of Ruth and the impact on the legacy that led to King Solomon.
  • How will you deal with loss? How will you respond to trials, troubles, and challenges?
  • Consider the response after such catastrophic loss and how Orpah responded to Naomi.
  • Consider the response after such catastrophic loss and how Ruth responded to Naomi.
  • Is it better to go back or to press on?
  • Is it better to turn away or to turn back?
  • Will you go it alone? Will you cling to God in the midst of it all?
  • Will you choose to go where God sends you and to stay where God sends you?
  • Is God’s plan to work in and through you by pressing on and going into the unknown with Him?
  • Will you choose to be like Ruth who went with Naomi, into the unknown but knowing who you are following?
  • Will you choose to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior and build a relationship with Him and make your life on top of Him as your rock and your foundation? Aligning your life with Him as your cornerstone?
  • Where will you find favor? In whom will you find favor? Will you go there and work for the glory of God in order to provide for the needs of your family?
  • Will you trust God and ask, praying God’s favor will lead and guide you? Will Ask, Seek, and Knock until that door opens and you are able to accomplish God’s will and plan and His purpose?
  • Do you realize that God is going before you to prepare in advance the good work He has for you to accomplish?
  • Will you live your life out with humility because of the favor You have found thanks to God?
  • Will God’s peace that surpasses all understanding come over you in order that you are put at ease through His Words in order to be able to step up and step out and be everything that He has purposed and created you to be?
  • Give credit where credit is due.
  • Bless those that God has brought across your path to bless.
  • Stay in the protection of the Lord!
  • God has a plan and it is for good, He blessed you so that you can be a blessing to others.
  • God has a purpose for you, He has positioned you for such a day and such a time as this.
  • God has a way that is better than our own way, decide to follow His way and to pursue His plan and purpose for your life so that in and through your life He will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in order that the legacy He desires for you may be fulfilled.
  • Don’t allow fear to rob you of what God has prepared for you.
  • Allow faith to lead and guide you and to overcome any fear that may come your way so that in and through your faith and obedience, God’s plan will be accomplished.
  • It is amazing when you study God’s Word how we can see the connection of the past revealed in more recent times. We see how what we read about the genealogy of Jesus we can find in more details in the story of Ruth. We can see how through Ruth and Boaz, a son is board Obed who was the father of Jesse who happens to be the father of David who becomes King David.
  • It is amazing to see how important genealogy is in the Bible and how through out the generations and the centuries how God’s Word, God’s purposes, and God’s plans is captured and revealed to us.
  • Let’s do what we are to do according to God’s will. Don’t delay! Don’t put it off! Today, let’s do what God tells us to do!

Questions to consider:

  • What do you learn about God, about yourself, or about the world?
  • Is there one verse or thought that stands out to you today?

As day 6 of 2020 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision this early into 2020 and the blessing to get to live out the rest of 2020 in that power and that truth and that hope.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?

Did you pray with me? Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision? Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?


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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

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

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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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?