Thursday, November 15, 2012
Welcome to Day 319 of our Life Journal!
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
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
Life is very seasonal… As it says in Ecclesiastes, “To everything, there is a season.” (Turn, turn, turn…) That was for you, Mark! 😉
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…
That’s pretty impressive after they berated him over and over and over.
Note to self.
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.