TODAYS BIBLE READING:
Reading Time: 15-20 Minutes
BREAD CRUMBS COMMENTARY FOR TODAYS READING
with Krista Smith (5 minutes)
jan 31, 2023
DAY 31 IN THE APP
THIS WEEKS MEMORY VERSE
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” ~Isaiah 55:8-9
A FEW THOUGHTS...
There is a tendency to humanize God and elevate ourselves, so as to level the playing field. But this should never be. To maintain that healthy relationship, we must never forget who God is and who we are. We must also never forget that even when life seems to make no sense, God gets to write the final chapter in our lives.
In the book of Job, the stage is set in chapters one and two. Job essentially loses everything, and we go through a seemingly endless debate between Job and his friends from chapters 3-37. God reveals Himself to Job in chapters 38-41 through His creation. Then in Job 42, Job not only realizes just who he is and who God is, but God writes that final chapter in Job's life. When we rightly see God in relationship to ourselves may we respond as Job does in 42:1-6, "Then Job answered the Lord and said: "I know that You can do everything, And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You. You asked, 'Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge? Therefore, I have uttered what I did not understand, Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. Listen, please, and let me speak; You said, 'I will question you, and you shall answer Me.' "I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye sees You. Therefore, I abhor myself, And repent in dust and ashes." Throughout this long debate, though Job complained about his circumstances, he never cursed God, therefore silencing the devil. His friends thought they knew more than they did and in their self-righteousness misrepresented God, for which God had Job intercede for them at the end.
Though Job underwent hardship that few of us will ever know, and though what he underwent made no earthly sense, Job was refined in the process and came through better as he maintained his gaze and his hope in God. G. Campbell Morgan wrote, "In the whole story of Job we see the patience of God and endurance of man. When these act in fellowship, the issue is certain. It is that of coming forth from the fire as gold, that of receiving the crown of life." We must remember that no matter what God allows to transpire in our lives, God writes our last chapter. For us it might not end "happily ever after" on this earth, but if we have repented and accepted His Son as our Lord and Savior it will end "happily ever after" in heaven. So, as the world seems to continue to spin out of control may we remember who God is and that He is very much in control of world events and our individual lives. If you are hurting in any way and in need of healing, call out to Jehovah Rapha, "The Lord Who Heals". If you feel you have lost everything, call out to Jehovah Jireh, "The Lord Will Provide". If you are anxious and peace seems to be evasive, call out to Jehovah Shalom, "The Lord Our Peace". If it seems like we are surrounded by unscrupulous people and truth is nowhere to be found, call out to Jehovah Tsidkenu, "The Lord Our Righteousness", which was prophetically applied to Jesus Christ in Jeremiah 23:5-6. If life seems out of control it is because we have forgotten to maintain our hope on the One who is forever in control.
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
"The answer to our dilemma is not a new revelation from heaven. The answer is seeking the old paths and digging out the old wells which superior knowledge, human pride and flat disobedience have stopped up." - Leonard Ranvenhill