Job: A Story of Unlikely Joy

Just a thought I had as I prepare to lead a Bible study on Job.

What if, instead of demanding God explain Himself, we begged God to reveal Himself?

What if we were less concerned with the “why” behind our circumstances and more concerned with “Who” is at work behind the scenes?

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A Heart Moved to Give

Moses was only told to receive from those whose hearts were moved to give. You see, God didn’t need their gifts any more than he needs our tithes. What He was and is interested in is hearts that desire to give. Generosity was the real gift they were giving.

Also, no one was denied the opportunity to give. Look at Exodus 25:1-8. Do you have gold and silver? Great, I can use that. Do you have linen and yarn? Wonderful, I can use that too. All you can offer is some goat’s hair? What a coincidence; that’s exactly what I need!

On and on. Spices, stones, oil – if you have it and you are moved to offer it – I can use it. That’s what God tells the people. And, guess what, it’s the same for us.

We can never look at all the needs in the world and think God can’t use what we have to offer. Are you blessed financially? Great, He can use that. Do you have a talent (the answer, by the way, is yes)? Wonderful, He can use it. You’re home bound and think “all you can do is pray”? What a coincidence; it’s just what He wants from you!

The only question to be asked is – is your heart moved to give?

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F260 Bible Reading: Exodus 24-25

They saw God. They beheld Him and they ate and drank in His presence. They promised their complete and total obedience. They committed to do all the things and follow all the instructions.

It was all so easy while still riding the high of deliverance from Egypt and enjoying a feast at His feet.

But then they are told to “wait.” They’re full of adrenaline and ready for God to put them in the game and, instead, they find themselves on the bench waiting for further instructions.

And they don’t just wait until the next quarter of the game or until half time. It’s days and days. Nights and nights. Waiting.

Often, we want God to give us a to-do list so that we can take part (and perhaps credit) for the work He’s about to do in our lives or the lives of those around us. “Put me in the game, God! I’ll show them what I’ve got. I’ll make the winning shot. Come on, put me in!”

I know that’s none of us – let’s just all pretend we “have a friend” who is sometimes this way.

And God is like, “No. I want you to wait. I want you to trust me.”

I don’t know what you’re waiting on, friend, but we’re all waiting on something. Let’s wait well . Let’s wait faithfully for the One who says, as Moses did to the people, “Wait here and I will return to you.” Jesus makes that same promise to us (John 14:3.)

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Only God Can do God Things

My prayer so often these days has been, “What am I supposed to do, Lord?”

What am I supposed to do for the widower who, with tears in his eyes, tells me that he’s lonely?

What am I supposed to do for the heartbroken mother who cries because she can’t take care of her children?

What am I supposed to do with this person who exhibits zero evidence of the faith they claim?

What am I supposed to do for the prodigal who just isn’t ready to come home?

Because the truth is that I can’t bring his wife back, bring her children back, change her heart, or make someone choose Christ. Only God can do God things.

I’ve found that I feel anxious and overwhelmed when I don’t stay in my lane. It’s frustrating when I try to do what only God can do.

My job is to love people. My job is to pray for people. And my job is to point them to Jesus. And, you know what? Those are all things that I’m perfectly capable of doing.

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#F260 Bible Reading: Exodus 8-9

Today’s #f260 reading is Exodus 8-9. And I was struck by the amount of absolute chaos that must have been taking place. Frogs covering the land. Then gnats everywhere you look. Flies taking over. Livestock begin dying. Powerful hail falling from the sky.

Confusion. Chaos. Fear.

But, in the midst of the swirling drama, God says two things that I believe can give us hope in today’s chaotic world.

👉The Lord will make a distinction between the livestock of Israel and the livestock of Egypt (Exodus 9:4.) What looks like chaos to us is perfectly clear and calm to the Lord. Nothing is spinning out of control. 2 Timothy 2:19 tells us that the Lord knows who are His.

👉The Lord put Pharaoh in power so that the Lord’s power could be shown and His name glorified. Instead, Pharaoh chose to exalt himself (Exodus 9:16-17.) Daniel 2:21 and Romans 13:1 tell us that the Lord places people in places of authority. It doesn’t matter who sits on the throne, in the Oval Office, or any other authoritative position – God is the one in control.

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