Tuesday, August 22, 2017

GOLD

Today’s Reading: Job 22-23

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Looking from the south end of the Golan Heights on the south east side of the Sea of Galilee, you can see a winding road that makes its way up and around the Golan Heights. In the distance you see what was a train track bridge built over the Yarmouk River that was blown-up during the Independence War in 1948 to prevent Arabs from transporting additional troops and ammunition. It seems obvious that God is in the process of restoring His ancient people Israel. Israel has surely been in the furnace of affliction. God is in the business of producing gold in the fires of human history. God will put the final period to the last sentence of human history.

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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 on our two-year journey through the Bible. 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, Jesus Christ! Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORD-

I keep singing to myself a song about Job that I heard an evangelist named Jack Coe sing almost 60 years ago. It’s called “Job’s God Is True.” If I can find the song I’ll attach it (click here for the lyrics). 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 feared for 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 and his wife Kara are recent graduates. God miraculously preserved Eric’s life when he was a child. God’s purpose is being fulfilled in his life and in the lives of hundreds of others. Eric is a Youth Pastor and Kara is Children’s Pastor at New Life Church in Brantford, Ontario (click here).

Yours, going for “gold,”

David

P.S. Yesterday, Lorna Dueck and her 100 Huntley Street on-air team began two weeks of special programming as we approach the financial year-end for the ministry. Here is a link to yesterday’s program. Please help the ministry to end the year strongly!

With my grandson, Eric David Mainse, and his wife Kara earlier this year at their Graduation from Masters College and Seminary.

With my grandson, Eric David Mainse, and his wife Kara at their Graduation from Masters College and Seminary. I look short beside six-foot-eight Eric!

11 thoughts on “Tuesday, August 22, 2017

  1. “For I know…that He still liveth…..And I feel Him in my soul……” Amen! You live and breathe in our souls, Lord. We adore You and hold You, most high. Thank You for Job, Lord! The oldest book in the Bible. We rise above the strife in life through Your victory! Blessings dear David and fellow saints in the Lord.

    And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 ESV

    This I Believe (The Creed) with lyrics by Hillsong Worship
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-m9sRRN9MA

  2. Amen Pastor David and Beverlee. Am keeping on and thank you again for this blog as it has enriched my life so much. Blessings on all you saints!

  3. Dear Pastor thank you for this blog, I appreciate it do much.
    I ask that all bloggers reading this would pray for little 6 month old Judah, ( I mentioned him last week) Right now he is in surgery at Sick kids to remove a tumour from his head. There are complications as the tumour is intwined with some veins. Pray for his young parents as they had just gone to the Dominican Republic just over three months ago, they were serving as missionaries. The Lord has worked many miracles already to get them back here. They are part of my church family and it do appreciate yours prayers. Thank you, Eleanor M.

  4. Heavenly Father I come to you in the Mighty Name of Jesus and ask for your intervention in the life of Judah, for your healing power to enfold him and for those that are attending to him at this time to be guided by Your Mighty hand, that nothing will be done that is not of you. Thank you Father in Jesus Name I pray, Amen!

  5. What an encouraging word Job 23:10 is “But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold:!

    Job did not receive the negative words of his friends, but turned his attention to God; being positive, instead of negative. Lord Jesus, You are the Way the Truth and the Life. The Light of the World! I pray Your light will shine in us so that others will see you in us, and come to know the Way the Truth and the Life. Amen!

    Thank you Jesus, your words are faithful and true and trustworthy, and they fail not.

  6. Thank you Irene and Beverlee, we had a great time of prayer at the church this morning. I will post when I her more news.

  7. Lianne I am praying for you! Irene Ochotta thank you for praying for me!
    had a wonderful experience last night
    meet a person, very drunk, waiting for the taxi; it did not come! called 911 and they took the person home! Praise the Lord that the person who was very drunk did not drive! Many, many lives were saved last night by that one action! Thank you Lord and bless this person.
    Lord we pray that You would bless all our children! Bless the parents! Help us to be available to anyone who needs help!
    Thank you Lord in Jesus Name we Pray AMEN

  8. Blessings to you Eleanor! God is looking after Judah! Love his name! Medical staff have so many more options open for them to do surgeries in today’s hospital; I am always so AMAZED at how tiny wire can do wonders in surgeries! God will heal Judah! God has HIS Plan in pace for the whole family! Thanks for posting, walk strong in the Lord amen

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