October 17, 2019

Today you should read: Job 28

The first 11 verses of Job 28 shows what kind of extent mankind will go through to find precious jewels and silver. Hidden beneath the ground, man will travel great lengths and tear up creation to find hidden jewels. It’s not easy to find. Especially in that day and age with limited resources, and technology that we have today that will work in our favor to travel and find such riches. But still they seek and find it. And Job points this out, illustrating how much tougher it is to seek and find true wisdom from the Lord.

12 “But where shall wisdom be found?

And where is the place of understanding?

13 Man does not know its worth,

and it is not found in the land of the living.

Only God knows what true wisdom is and it cannot be found on this earth without Him (v. 23). Only through God’s revelation can one find it. And He reveals it to man when they fear him. True wisdom, as repeated often in the Proverbs is the fear of the Lord. Being in awe of God and turning away from evil gives true understanding (v. 28). And this God-given wisdom is much more valuable then precious jewels and silver that man goes through great extremes to find. True wisdom leads us to the Lord and the revealing of Himself through a relationship in the Gospel, in holy fear of who we truly are as sinners and what we deserve in comparison to a Holy God. And then we understand our need for salvation from sin through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We can’t truly turn away from evil without it. Wisdom is from the Lord and as hard as it may seem to find for some, it’s available to all through the proclamation and receiving of the Gospel.

By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor

October 16, 2019

Today you should read: Job 27

Today we see Job doubling down that he is in the right and his friends are in the wrong in terms of his sin before God.

“Job refuses to agree that his friends are right, and he maintains that his circumstances are not an indication of undisclosed sin (vv. 1–6). In images similar to those his friends have used against him, Job wishes that his adversaries would be considered as the wicked are before God (vv. 7–23).” (ESV Study Bible)

The verse of focus here is verse 5: “Far be it from me to say that you are right; till I die I will not put away my integrity from me.” This is bold confidence in where he stands before God. If we had not seen God’s assurance of Job’s spiritual state earlier in the book, it would be easy for us to agree with Job’s friends.

This is certainly not a primary purpose of this text, but as I was reflecting on its truths and principles, I was reminded that this is the same assurance that we have before God in Christ. Again, these verses do not relate to our salvation, but they can serve as a reminder and encouragement to us that, because of Jesus, we can stand before God in confidence that our sins have been forgiven in Jesus Christ.

By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Associate

October 15, 2019

Today you should read: Job 26:5-14

Our passage today should cause us to realize how powerful God is. Job describes how God “hangs the earth on nothing”, “covers the face of the full moon”, and “stilled the sea”. All of these show the power and majesty of God, and this imagery should remind us how He created the world back in Genesis 1. 

Apart from that, I think there is an interesting word play in this passage. Notice in two different places that Job uses the word “tremble” (v. 5 and 11). The word play happens because not only do the dead tremble (v. 5), but even the pillars of heaven tremble (v. 11) before God. Pillars are what hold up something, and what Job is saying is that the pillars in heaven shake at His rebuke. 

This is important for all of us to understand. We need to recognize the power of God. Often times, when we are in sin, we will think to ourselves, “It’s not that bad” or “God will forgive me”. While the second statement is true, the first is not. Sin is that bad. Sin is disobeying the God who makes the pillars of heaven tremble at His rebuke! We need to guard our minds and hearts, and to not allow anything that is unholy in. 

A few questions for all of us: What unholy thing is God rebuking in your life? What sin do you continually commit because “it’s not that bad”? Are you willing to give it up?

By: Brice Stockton — Student Ministry Apprentice

October 14, 2019

Today you should read: Job 25:1-26:4

In the last several chapters we’ve seen Job’s friends attempt to encourage him in a very difficult time in his life.  We’ve read about Job’s struggles with accepting the trials and his responses to his friends.

Today’s reading brings up an interesting question… How can I encourage a discouraged friend?  Someone who’s in a dark place or is struggling through a hard time?

Here’s a few ideas:

  • Listen to them.  I’m told that 70% of counseling is just listening.  I know there have been many times when someone has shared something with me and I didn’t know what to say to them.  They poured out their heart, and before I could reply they thanked me and said I had helped them so much. I hadn’t said anything.  Many times we just need to share our burden with someone who will listen.
  • Use the Word of God to encourage them.  The Bible is honey to the soul of a Christ follower.  It soothes the pain and heals the hurt. Use it. Share promises with them that will reassure them that God is with them.
  • Help them focus their attention on God’s mighty attributes.  Relief comes when we get our eyes off of our problems and back on GOD.  One great way to do this by praying the Psalms.  Go through 3-4 Psalms together. Read them and pray God’s attributes mentioned there back to Him.
  • Commit to pray for them.  Promise that you will faithfully pray for them and do it.  Text them periodically and let them know that you prayed for them that day.
  • Don’t forget.  They need you past the initial hard day – they need you to remember and keep encouraging them.

What do you think?  Is this helpful?  Share a comment of how you will use this.

By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor