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Our Journey – Week 2

Date

January Reading b
January 7 Job 14-16  
January 8 Job 17-20  
January 9 Job 21-23  
January 10 Job 24-28  
January 11 Job 29-31  
January 12 Job 32-34  
January 13 Prayer  /  Reflection  /  Journal &
Bible Reading Catch Up

  This week we stayed in Job – and I realize that we read Job 10 last week – but I wanted to share something I noted when going back over this chapter from a e-mail I received:

Be Honest with God
We need to reverence God, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be honest with him about our struggles. Job, in the Old Testament, certainly was. Like Job, you can be straight with God. His ear is tuned to you.I am disgusted with my life. Let me complain freely. I will speak in the bitterness of my soul. Job 10:1 My Bible notes share: Job began to wallow in self-pity. … luring us to feel sorry for ourselves. At this point we ar eonly one step from self-righteousness, where we keep track of life’s injustices and say, “Look what happened to me; how unfair it is!” We may feel like blaming God. Remember that life’s trials, whether allowed by God or sent by God, can be the means for development and refinement. When facing trails, ask, “What can I learn and how can I grow?” rather than “Who did this to me and how can I get out of it?”
We need to be careful how we react to trials we’re going through. And be careful that we don’t look to blame someone – as we may blame the wrong person. (Job 19:6). Additionally be careful how we act in trials, during suffering… to be sure that we’re not suffering further because of sinning while suffering. (Job 32)

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Throughout reading Job this week I believe that God was trying to share with me that it is okay to interract with Him and discuss things with Him like you would a friend. Remind yourself that He should be your best friend. He is the only one that can truly change things going on in your life. He is showing me that it is okay to share my trials and tribulations with others… as I’ve always believed that it is not good to “hold onto” feelings too often. We need someone (besides God) to share our lives with, “vent” to, bounce things off of, receive advice from, and someone to just listen – be a shoulder to lean on. Because if we don’t have a friend like this – we’ll end up holding onto too much and blowing up on the wrong person at the wrong time.
Job also shows us patience; http://www.banneroflove.net/issues/1990s/1996/1996-06_tour.htm we all need to take the time and wait on God’s answers (Job 14:14). What ever happens in our lives – the true importance to remember is that it is His timing that matters most, not our own. We also need to focus on that fact, as Job: struggled with the idea that God was presently against him, he firmly believed that in the end God would be on his side. (Bible notes: Job 19:25-27), and we need to have that faith and firmly beleive that God is for us as well! We can learn a lesson in patience from so many other’s who waiting on God as well:

  1. Noah waited for God’s timing before leaving the ark. (Gen 8:10, 12)
  2. Moses waited on God on the mountain (Exo 24:12)
  3. Isaiah waited for God to work in Isreal (Isaiah 8:17; 25:9; 26:8; 30:18; 33:2; 40:31; 49:23; 59:9, 11; 64:4
  4. Jeremiah understood the need to wait quiety for God’s salvation (Lam 3:25)
  5. Hosea warned the people to return to God and wait for Him to work (Hosea 12:6)
  6. Micah waited for the God of his salvation (Micah 7:7)

and so many more…

Job 22:21-22 states: “Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you. Accept instruction from his mouth and lay up his words in your heart.
Eliphaz shares an important knowledge here that we need to submit to God and focus on His instruction. Where does God’s instruction come from for us? HIS WORD, the Bible! So therefore – put His Words in your heart… memorizing so that you have the sword to protect yourself in trials.

Job 28:28 states: And he said to man, ‘The fear of the Lord – that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.'”
My Bible notes share: “The fear of the Lord” is a key theme in the wisdom literature of the Bible (Job through Song of Songs). It means to have repsect and reverance for God and to be in awe of His majesty and power. This is the starting point to finding real wisdom (see Proverbs 1:7-9).

Something else we realize from Job 32-34 from Elihu (the young boy) is that people cannot understand all that God allows but we must continue to trust Him.

Enjoying Our Journey together, praying for you, and hoping you’re enjoying it too. Leave your comments and or questions and have a great week.

God Bless, HL

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