Vineyard Life Journal

An online forum for our church family to connect around our 2012 daily Bible reading plan using the S.O.A.P. method.

Day 319

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Welcome to Day 319 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: Job 41; Job 42; 2 Corinthians 1; 2 Corinthians 2 (2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)

Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?

S.O.A.P =  Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer

S cripture

Job 41, Leviathan… Ok, we get it, he’s a powerful creature. Most likely a whale of some sort…

Job 42:12, “The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part.”

2 Corinthians 1:3, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”

20 “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ.”

2 Corinthians 2

O bservation

Life is very seasonal… As it says in Ecclesiastes, “To everything, there is a season.” (Turn, turn, turn…) That was for you, Mark! 😉

A pplication

Every time I read Job’s story (basically the first two chapters and the last chapter…) I am left with one big question… Did being blessed with twice as much the latter part of life make up for his losses the first part?

You can’t replace kids tragically lost with a new set of kids…

Yet while Job asked some tough questions along the way, while being shredded by his friends, he fared pretty well. (Funny how his wife never chimed in after 2:9’s “curse God and die” statement. He only referenced her twice after… 19:17, “My breath is offensive to my wife; I am loathsome to my own family.” and 31:10, “then may my wife grind another man’s grain, and may other men sleep with her.”)

So what is the Application for today?

It ain’t over until it’s over.

Just because God blessed Job 2X, doesn’t mean he will double my losses… The key is to maintain my integrity and be willing to own my stuff and repent as Job did in chapter 42:1-6 in today’s reading…

Then Job prayed for his friends…

Wow.

That’s pretty impressive after they berated him over and over and over.

Note to self.

P rayer

Lord give me that humble of a heart to admit my own shortcomings and to bless my friends, even when I may have been hurt by them.

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5 thoughts on “Day 319

  1. Marcella Roe on said:

    Got it Scott… The Fat Lady has not sung yet… LOL!
    FYI… Leviathan is not a Whale… Look at Revelation and Draco…

  2. Job is restored after his hardships. That’s encouraging given the constant barrage of health ailments I’ve had lately.

    For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.

    One person has counted 3573 promises made in the bible (bibleinfo.com). Not one is good without Jesus. Yep. He’s that good.

    When all the chips are down, sometimes, all we have to count on are God’s promises. That’s what I’m holding on to. Not presumptively, but with hope.

    Thank you for your promises. I need your help.

  3. Job 41:11 everything under heaven belongs to me. 42:10 after Job prayed for his friends the Lord made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before.

    Who of us has not been wronged to the point of unforgiveness? Its difficult to pray sincerely about people who have wronged you deeply. But its important to ask God to guide our hearts to forgiveness as He forgave us.
    Father, allow love and kindness to flow from my heart when I am reminded of the wrongs commited against me.

  4. Mark Long on said:

    “To everything, there is a season.” (Turn, turn, turn…) From RS to the Byrds, When is Tom Petty going to show up??? 😉

    • Mark Long on said:

      Not sure why the smiley face showed up in the middle of the sentence???
      AND I just saw the Vine newsletter and Rebecca Holihan quotes Cat Stevens!
      Thank you Lord for blessing us with music! May our music and praise bless you!

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