Daily Devotion Day 36 – Through the Bible in 90 Days

Monday, October 15th, 2012 – Day 36 – Nehemiah 13:15 – Job 7:21

In the book of Esther we hear Mordecai saying to Queen Esther; “And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?”

You may not be in a royal position, but I believe each of us was and is created by God for a purpose. First and foremost to glorify God and enjoy God throughout our life; but and just as importantly to make a difference in other people lives. We all have the God given potential to make an impact on another or other people lives. Each in our own way, but we have been created to make the world a better place. Esther was able to save the lives of her own people.

When I went to General Assembly back in 2001, morning worship was begun with these words; “Lord, thank you for this day that you did not promise me, yet are giving to me.” Nice way to begin a new day. I’ve added to it by saying; “May I glorify you and serve you throughout it. Use me as an instrument of thy love and thy will. Amen.”

Each of us has the potential to really make a difference. Be open to God using you this day.

Now on to the book of Job; where we’ll hear of one who was dealt many blows all at once in his life, yet continued to worship God.

One of the first things to stand out to me is not the many tragedies that befall Job, but the fact that his three friends come unto him and say nothing for the first seven days. Nothing. Not one thing. The reason this stands out to me is that often when someone experiences a crisis, the first thing we try to do is fill the silence with words of comfort that often do not bring comfort. In fact, we often say something that is meant to comfort, but does just the opposite.

The best thing we can often do and we learn this from Job’s three friends is just be present with the one who has experienced the loss of a loved one, or just found out a child is seriously ill, or …. You can fill in the blank. The comfort is not in what we say, but in our being present with them.

The second thing I noticed and I hadn’t noticed this before is that it is Job who breaks the silence. It is Job who speaks first. Just something interesting that I hadn’t noticed before.

O Lord, when I am called upon to be your presence with one who is experiencing a deep grief, help me be silent instead of speak. Help me be your presence unto them. Amen.

Day 37 readings – Job 8:1 – 24:25

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