Devotion Day 38 – Through the Bible in 90 Days

Day 38 – Job 25 – Job 41 (I’ll be reading through 42 as this will finish up our readings in Job.)  – From the mouth of Job we hear (in his response to Bildad);

He spreads out the northern skies over empty space;
he suspends the earth over nothing.
He wraps up the waters in his clouds,
yet the clouds do not burst under their weight.
He covers the face of the full moon,
spreading his clouds over it.
10 He marks out the horizon on the face of the waters
for a boundary between light and darkness.
11 The pillars of the heavens quake,
aghast at his rebuke.
12 By his power he churned up the sea;
by his wisdom he cut Rahab to pieces.
13 By his breath the skies became fair;
his hand pierced the gliding serpent.
14 And these are but the outer fringe of his works;
how faint the whisper we hear of him!

The last statement is what really stood out to me; “And these are but the outer fringe of his works”.

I often marvel at God’s creation. During our vacation we enjoyed the fall colors from the front range of Colorado, to the plains of Kansas, and then when we got back home we saw how once again the Ozark hills were becoming a patchwork of colors. What awesome work God has created throughout all the seasons of the year.

I also marvel as I look up in the ski. This morning’s sky was clear and I could see the many stars above me. I marvel out how out of all the expanse of the heavens, all a part of God’s handiwork, he created earth and placed it where it is in our solar system and placed our solar system where he did in the Milky Way Galaxy, so that it could bring forth life and sustain life. Amazing!

Also the human body, down to the smallest cell, God created it, so that we could have life. Wow!

Yet, even though I can see all these things and somewhat comprehend all these good works of God, they are but a breath of what God has done and is doing. They are but “the outer fringe of God’s works.” Wow!

A marvelous fact about heaven is that in heaven we’ll experience God fully and enjoy God forever. Thanks be to God. Amen.

For me the book of Job lifts up the quandaries of human life; often the good seem to suffer, while the bad/evil seem to prosper via their own evil ways. People do suffer and at times suffer lots. Often not because of what they have done, just because that is the hand that life has dealt them. Job’s friends are the ones who try to make sense of it all and in Job even in God’s eyes they come up short. In Job it seems to be a young person named Elihu who speaks truth. Nothing is said of him at the end of Job.

In the end, Job ends up living happily ever after; his fortunes are restored and he even has more children. One thing to note, and I don’t know what to make of it, it is Job’s new daughters who are named and given a share of his inheritance. This is simply something interesting to note, something I may look into further when I get a chance.

What I walk away with from Job is that none of us are ever fully right before God, and part of life is about our worshiping God and trusting God in the good times and the bad. Even if we can’t fully understand all God’s ways, we are called to admit our own sinfulness before him and seek to walk with God. This alone will be a blessing as we encounter all that life will bring our way.

O God, I know I complain at times about my life. Yet, my life is wonderful when compared to many others. I have all I can want and more. May I give thanks to you for all the blessings you have and are bestowing upon me. Help me to trust in thee in good times and bad. Be with those who are truly suffering and may you guide me to be a help to those who are around me. Help me not be like Eliphaz, Bildad or Zophar. Help me know when to be silent and listen, and when and what to speak. Amen.

Now we move into the hymnbook of God’s people, the book of Psalms. Note the many types of Psalms. Let me know which one is your favorite. Psalms 23 can be one of them, but which other really speaks to where you are at in your walk with God at this time in your life.

Next reading Day 39 – Job 42:1 – Psalm 24

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