August 31

Job 37:1–39:30

Elihu closes his argument against Job in a decent place. Elihu speaks of God’s wisdom – His creation. His lightning, thunder, snow, rain, winds, clouds, sometimes used for correction, other times for mercy. He may have been on to something here.

God in His wisdom, was allowing all this to happen to Job…He had an intended end. This is God’s heart in all His creation. In the things our Maker and Maintainer allows in OUR lives…He has a plan. We don’t know the details…but we must trust Him.

Elihu didn’t think that Job could ask to even speak to God, but he was wrong in this.

Job 37:20 (NKJV) “Should He be told that I wish to speak? If a man were to speak, surely he would be swallowed up.”

I believe the LORD loves it when we speak to Him, when we open up and pour out our hearts to Him…as long as we don’t lose faith. He knows how we feel – so let’s give it to Him, let’s share it with the One whose shoulders can bear the burden (1 Peter 5:7).

Finally, God speaks out of the whirlwind.

Job had questioned God – fine. Now God would question him.

Job 38:4 (NKJV) “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding.”

The premise is that God’s done a perfectly amazing job of making and maintaining the universe up to this point, hasn’t He? We weren’t there in the beginning, He didn’t need our help along the way, so why don’t we trust Him?

Consider the awesome and amazing things God has made – the angels, the sea (its limits), the rising and setting of the sun – treasuries of snow and hail that God has reserved for the Day of Judgment. The book of Revelation speaks of hail during the Tribulation Period that will weigh up to seventy-five pounds (Revelation 8:7; 11:19; 16:21).

Job 38:22–23 (NKJV) “Have you entered the treasury of snow, or have you seen the treasury of hail, 23 Which I have reserved for the time of trouble, for the day of battle and war?”

Consider all the details of all that God has made and maintains, throughout history of all that God does each and every day – not just the rain, but the drops of dew, the ice, the frost of heaven, the clusters of stars!

Who has given human beings such wisdom and intelligence?

Job 38:36 (NKJV) “Who has put wisdom in the mind? Or who has given understanding to the heart?”

God has equipped every creature as He sees fit, and He feeds them – the lions, the ravens – God’s there when these creatures give birth. He sets the time, determines their days. God even has His hand upon the wild donkey, the wild ox, and the wild beasts.

If we look closer, we see the beauty of God’s wisdom in all that He’s made – the ostrich, the stork, and how about the courage of the horse and the vision of the eagle?

Warren Wiersbe, “The problems of life are solved not by reasons but by relationships. Job wanted to reason with God, but what he really needed was to rest in God.”

Me too…

2 Corinthians 4:13–5:11

Paul quoted Psalm 116:10, “I believed and therefore I spoke.” This is a good summary of his ministry. Paul believed in the cross and resurrection, he believed in life, and life after death, so he wasn’t afraid to die, and he wasn’t afraid to speak.

Therefore, again Paul says in 2 Corinthians 4:16, “…we do not lose heart.” The outward man was getting beat up, whipped, “thorns,” shipwrecks, you name it – didn’t matter, because the inner man was being renewed day by day.

In comparison to the glory that will be revealed one day, our sufferings in this life are merely a “light-affliction” (see also Romans 8:18).

Friend, please remember this…and please, “do not lose heart.” Look to eternity. Keeping that eternal perspective is of utmost importance. As Christians we realize that if this “tent” is destroyed (our body), we have a building from God, a home in heaven. We know that death is not the end, it’s simply our departure from mortality to immortality. God has saved us in Christ and given us the Spirit as a guarantee (down-payment) that He will finish what He’s started.

So, we walk with confidence as Christians, we walk by faith, and not by sight meaning that even though we don’t see these things physically, we thoroughly trust the truth of God’s Word spiritually.

I’m pretty sure if you’re reading these words – you know there’s life after death, and that when we die we will stand before God and give an account of our lives (Paul mentions that in 2 Corinthians 5:10). Therefore, we should make it our ambition, our goal, our aim to always please God. As Christians this will be the Bema Seat Judgment…which determines our rewards.

Psalm 44:9-26

Have you ever felt like you’re losing the battle? That God doesn’t seem to be working things out the way He should, even though you’ve been doing your best to follow Him?

That’s exactly how the Psalmist felt. He tells God all about it – – and he continues to pray.

Psalm 44:23–26 (NKJV) “Awake! Why do You sleep, O Lord? Arise! Do not cast us off forever. 24 Why do You hide Your face, and forget our affliction and our oppression? 25 For our soul is bowed down to the dust; our body clings to the ground. 26 Arise for our help, and redeem us for Your mercies’ sake.”

Paul the Apostle quoted Psalm 44:22 in Romans 8:36 and revealed the fact that Christians follow Christ in this way, that we are led as sheep to the slaughter, we WILL suffer painfully in life, but even in that, we are more than conquerors, and nothing can separate us from the love of God…nothing (Romans 8:35-39).

Let’s trust His purposes and promises even in the pain…and let’s do our best to keep on praying.

Proverbs 22:13

Proverbs 22:13 (NKJV) “The lazy man says, ‘There is a lion outside! I shall be slain in the streets!’”

The excuses a lazy man comes up with for not working are outlandish and very creative.

It’s for that reason Benjamin Franklin said, “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.”

If you have any questions or comments on today’s reading, or you’d like to share something the Lord showed you, feel free to leave a reply below. I’d love to hear from you as we grow forward in 2021.

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