Today’s Scripture: Job 41-42
Things to remember in today’s reading:
- The Lord continues to question Job about his true understanding of God’s exercise of power and judgment, asking him what he knows about Leviathan (41:1-34)
- Job responds in submission, recognizing God’s power and his own foolishness in venturing to speak where he had inadequate knowledge. He repents in dust and ashes (42:1-6).
- The Lord rebukes Job’s friends, commands them to make burnt offerings for themselves and vindicates Job before them (42:7-9).
- The Lord restores Job after his repentance, doubling his previous possessions and blessing his latter days more than his beginning (42:10-17).
Things God is teaching me in today’s reading:
- When I presume to speak for God in those areas that are not revealed, and are therefore the “secret things,” (Deuteronomy 29:29), I expose myself to God’s rebuke.
- There may be varying degrees of satisfaction on the part of God with my attitude. God expressed a level of dissatisfaction with Job as He responds to him (38:1-42:6), but when He is speaking to Job’s friends about him, he says, “you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has. (42:7-8).
- I would do well to follow Job’s example, where appropriate, to pray for my friends that God not deal with them according to their folly (42:8).
Things to act on in today’s reading:
- I will glorify the Holy name of God and reflect upon the greatness of His creation!
- I will pray for my friends and family!
- I believe that the Lord restored the fortunes of Job because he maintained his integrity, reaffirmed his faith, and was reconciled to his friends. I will look for the Lord to restore me to a position that will allow me to support my family.
Things to pray about in today’s reading:
- Lord, help me to respect the voice and silence of the Scriptures!
- Lord, may the folly of my friends and family, who are not allowing you to rule in their lives, become apparent to them. I pray for them that they will submit to your will in obedience, while there is yet time.
- Lord, be with your servant Jesse and his faithful wife Lura. Give them peace, comfort, and strength!
Thanks for reading with me dear friend. Have a blessed day!!
— Randy Sexton