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Understanding God's Ways

Morning Inspiration: Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways! For who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to give Him advice? And who has given Him so much that He needs to pay it back?
For everything comes from Him and exists by His power and is intended for His glory. All glory to Him forever! Amen. Romans 11:33–36 After a week of reading Job, I feel drained. Yet I am also hopeful & encouraged. Those Scriptures do it to me every year, which is precisely why I make myself go over them at this time. Living in great luxury, with hours of free time to really think, can be great. Or terrible. Usually both! I’m so grateful God gave us true & unvarnished examples of Bible heroes. Job, David, Jonah, John the Baptist, Peter & many others who were perfectly unperfect, completely human. Weak, doubtful, & afraid, they wondered about God & His plans for them. Why? What? When Lord?…
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Question God With Caution

Morning Inspiration: Then the Lord said to Job,
“Do you still want to argue with the Almighty?
You are God’s critic, but do you have the answers?” Then Job replied to the Lord,
“I am nothing—how could I ever find the answers?
I will cover my mouth with my hand. 
I have said too much already.
I have nothing more to say.”
Job 40:1–5 Job knew the Lord amazingly well. He admired & respected Him. He served & obeyed Him. He trusted Him completely...up until things went very wrong! Then Job let his pain, frustration & disappointment take over, & said things that never should have even entered his mind, yet alone left his lips. God’s reply stretches through all of chapters 38-39, & even then just barely touches on God’s creativity, power, understanding & wisdom. He could have stopped after His first four sentences:
“Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorant words? Brace yourself like a man, because I have some questions for you, and you must answer them. “W…

Seeing Through Pain, Fear & Doubt

Morning Inspiration: “But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and he will stand upon the earth at last. And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God! I will see him for myself. Yes, I will see him with my own eyes. I am overwhelmed at the thought! Job 19:25-27
The story of Job overwhelms me with grief, & worry...yet fills me with hope! What happened to Job could come to pass in any of our lives. Very few escape this existence unscathed by the harsh realities of life. Disappointment & doubt are certain to come, so we must place our complete trust in the Holy One. Regardless of the mountains of fear & pain right before our eyes, we must always know where to direct our cries. Stay focused on your ultimate prize; Standing in the presence of Jesus, & hearing “Well done my good & faithful servant.”

We Can Talk Too Much About God!

Morning Inspiration: His wife said to him, “Are you still trying to maintain your integrity? Curse God and die.” But Job replied, “You talk like a foolish woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?” So in all this, Job said nothing wrong. Job 2:9–10 When they saw Job from a distance, they scarcely recognized him. Wailing loudly, they tore their robes and threw dust into the air over their heads to show their grief. Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and nights. No one said a word to Job, for they saw that his suffering was too great for words. Job 2:12–13 These two passages from chapter 2 of Job, both deal with the words we speak. Through the incredible pain of hearing of the death of his family & destruction of his life’s work, Job said nothing wrong. Later, his friends said nothing wrong, because they said nothing at all; not a word. They understood they could not ease his grief by talking. They shared his sorrow by ju…

From Luxury to Desolation, God is Near.

Morning Inspiration: There once was a man named Job who lived in the land of Uz. He was blameless—a man of complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil. He had seven sons and three daughters. He owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, and 500 female donkeys. He also had many servants. He was, in fact, the richest person in that entire area. Job 1:1–3 The book of Job is powerful, informative, & beneficial. It’s also incredibly sad, yet greatly encouraging. Honestly, it’s a difficult read. I ‘force’ myself to read it once each year. I choose to do so, when I’m on vacation, living in the lap of luxury, relaxing & enjoying the immense ‘health & wealth’ God has bestowed on me so lavishly. Job reminds us, it could all disappear in a moment! Everything we so naturally take for granted, is actually a gift from our Creator. From the world’s richest man, to a beggar on the streets, not a soul is immune to the desolation & destruction this life can brin…

We Don't Know, All We Think We Know About God!

Morning Inspiration: My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so my ways are higher than your ways
and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. 
Isaiah 55:8–9 We always want to put God in a box. Our own neat & clean little box, where we can keep Him contained, pretending to know everything about Our Creator. How foolish we are, to act as though we know exactly what Jesus is thinking & planning. Yes, His Holy Word gives us great insight into what is coming & why...but NO man knows when! Not a soul knows exactly how. Likewise, we deceive ourselves by trying to make God fit into our dreams & desires. Our goal should be to conform to what Jesus has planned for us. His ways are immensely greater than ours...& so are His results. We significantly reduce our potential, effectiveness & spiritual growth, when we try to make Jesus like us. Our daily pra…

Call On Jesus While He Is Near

Morning Inspiration: Seek the Lord while you can find him.
Call on him now while he is near.
Let the wicked change their ways
and banish the very thought of doing wrong.
Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them. 
Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously.
Isaiah 55:6–7 God is always nearby, waiting for us to call on His Holy Name.
Yet often we push Him away through our sinful behaviors, or run from Jesus on our own.
After we’ve been gone for a while, we convince ourselves we are so lost,
that we are beyond His salvation. No matter what you’ve done, you can come
back to God’s only Son! You do not have to live without hope! When you turn to
the Lord & ask Jesus to forgive you, He will! Ask Jesus come into your heart as
Lord & Savior. Seek Him. Find Him. While you still can. Before it’s too late.