Suggested Reading: Job 22-23
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Key Verse: Job 23:10
But He knows the way that I take; When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.
Again today we can see the contrast between Job and his friend. Eliphaz assumes the worst about Job, but Job does not retaliate. Job longs for God. He makes strong statements of genuine faith in God, as in our key verse. Yes, Job is asking, “Why?” Jesus asked, “Why?” while on the Cross. It’s not too hard to express faith in God when everything is going well, but when the bottom seems to have dropped out of our world, faith is put to the test. Job may not yet receive a mark of 100% on his test, but he is definitely headed that way.
Eliphaz did get one thing right. In Job 22:22, he says, “Receive, please, instruction from His [God’s] mouth, and lay up His words in your heart.” This is what we are doing in this blog each day. Let us all keep on keeping on! Today is reading 445 out of 730. Please, “Let us not be weary in well doing!” (Galatians 6:9). Paul gives us great counsel on how to help people who are in trouble (read Galatians 6:1-10 for a New Testament reading).
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I pray that I will “fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2). Grant me grace to “love my neighbour as myself” (Matthew 22:39). May I “not lose heart” (Galatians 6:9b). May I “do good to all” (Galatians 6:10). In the Name of the One who always does good to all, including me, Jesus Christ! Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I keep singing to myself a song about Job that I heard an evangelist named Jack Coe sing over 57 years ago. It’s called “Job’s God Is True.” If I can find the song I’ll attach it (click here). The words bring together two statements of Job: “Though God slay me, yet I’ll trust Him,” and then, “I shall come forth as gold.”
At 19 years old, as a first-year Bible College student, I became very ill. The doctors even despaired of my life. My brothers and sisters in the faculty and student body went into a time of fasting and prayer and I was restored to health and strength. That school in Peterborough, Ontario, is now called, “Master’s College and Seminary.” They continue to be strong in faith and in the detailed study of God’s Word. I recommend to all a time of concentration in the Bible at Master’s. They offer online “distance education” courses as well (click here for information). I think that such a college is vital, particularly in the preparation of those God has called to be Pastors, Evangelists, Ministers, and more effective servants of the Lord than we might otherwise be. My grandson, Eric Mainse, is a third-year student there. God miraculously preserved his life when he was a child. God’s purpose is being fulfilled in his life and in the lives of hundreds of others. Eric’s story is in my book, “This Far by Faith” (to order my book click here).
Yours, going for “gold,”