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Friday, February 26, 2010

Week 9 Readings

February 26
Leviticus 2:1-34
Numbers 1:1-54

February 27
Numbers 2:1 thru 3:51

February 28
Numbers 4:1 thru 5:31

March 1
Numbers 6:1-27
Numbers 10:1-36

March 2
Numbers 11:1 thru 13:33

March 3
Numbers 14:1 thru 15:41

March 4
Numbers 16:1 thru 18:32

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Turing Resist into Rest

Leviticus 23:1 thru 25:23

I’m back (in my singing voice). I so appreciate my mother-in-law for stepping in for me and writing Monday’s and Tuesday’s post. She's such an awesome women of God.

These past couple of days I had the opportunity to spend some quality time with over 1,000 church planters. So much was gleaned from some great men and women (Rick Warren being just one of them); great stories of what to do and what not to do, how to do and how not to do, and many amazing ideas were sparked and fueled. And all this just makes me want to jump in, implement, and run with our vision at CCA at full throttle.

Then I read today’s reading… and verse 32 of chapter 23 which said, This will be a Sabbath day of complete rest for you...

We women are so bad at complete rest. We resist the truth that says you can’t do it all and be it all. But when we step back and take the I out of the word resist, we rest.

I love what a speaker said last year at a conference I attended. Myself and a couple ladies were there with 700 other moms, wives, career women, pastor’s wives, and ministry leaders.  Of course we wanted to get the most out of the conference but the speaker knew that as we were there listening and learning we would also be worrying about what was going on back at our homes, in our churches and in our businesses.

She gave us some great advice that first night. She told us to forget everything else in our lives vying for our attention for the next couple days because it really did not matter anyway because we really were not that important.

Such words of wisdom. We women think that our families would fall apart if we were not home. No, some meals might not get cooked like we would cook them, but your family will survive. Trust me, a Quarter Pounder with Chesse have saved more than one kid’s life.

We think our churches will fall apart if we were not there to keep them running smoothly. No, if the church has survived the past 2000 years without you, chances are it will keep on surviving.

So today, I will take the I out of resist and rest in God, if not for a whole day, at least for one moment each day.

Love you guys,

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Guest Writer, Day 2

Leviticus  20, 21 and 22

Day two with our guest writer, Pat Johns.

Be Holy

This book is called Leviticus because it contains the laws and ordinances of the Levitical priesthood.

The tribe of Levi, or the Levites, were principally charged with these institutions, both to do their part and to teach the people theirs.

How many Christians have resolved to read through the entire Bible and made good progress through Genesis and Exodus, only to hit a wall and give up' when they reach Leviticus?

With all its different laws regarding the old covenant priesthood and various sacrifices it can be quite difficult to understand.

We often find ourselves asking about Leviticus, What does this mean and how is it relevant to today?

When the meaning of this book is grasped however, and we begin to see the way in which these laws foreshadowed the person and work of Jesus Christ, the reading of this magnificent part of God's inspired word becomes an encouraging and edifying joy rather than a chore.

Just hang in there four more days then it's on to numbers and Israel’s first census.

Pat Johns

Monday, February 22, 2010

Guest Writer

Leviticus chapters 17, 18 and 19

I asked my mother-in-law, Pat Johns, to be a guest writer for the next couple days.  I am out of town and appreciate her love and passion for the Lord and His Word.  I hope you enjoy.  I'll see ya back here Wednesday!

 In Christ Alone 

This little studied book has an amazing message that is practical and applicable to us today.

The God who brought the children of Israel out of the bondage of Egypt kept his promised covenant, gave them his statutes and ordinances, established a priesthood and gave his people a pattern for the tabernacle where he might dwell among them.

A study of Leviticus will provide tremendous insight into how on earth we can be holy and approach the Holy of Holies to worship Him properly.

In chapter 17, God establishes the fact that there is only one place to sacrifice and only one place to worship and that is the tabernacle.

Thank God the spiritual sacrifices we offer today are not confined to just one place.  Jesus is our altar and the true tabernacle, and it is In Christ Alone that our sacrifices are acceptable to God and in Him only.

In chapter 18, God gives moral precepts...

Close and constant obedience to God's ordinances is the most effectual preservative from gross sin.

In chapter 19, there are some ceremonial laws; however most of these precepts are binding on us because they are explanations of the Ten Commandments.

Don't you just love that we need only read the experiences of actually killing a sacrifice and offering it to God?

Thank God, Jesus became our sacrifice, once and for all.

Now all we have to do is whisper His name in prayer and His blood immediately covers us for salvation, healing and deliverance.

Hallelujah....what a Savior!!!!!!

Pat Johns

Friday, February 19, 2010

Week 8 Readings

I am so excited to announce we will have a guest writer next Monday and Tuesday.    Hope you have a great weekend!! 

If you missed this week's posts they are below the listed readings.

Week 8 Readings

February 19
Leviticus 9:1 thru 11:47

February 20
Leviticus 12:1 thru 14:32

February 21
Leviticus 14:33 thru 16:34

February 22
Leviticus 17:1 thru 19:37

February 23
Leviticus 20:1 thru 22:33

February 24
Leviticus 23:1 thru 25:23

February 25
Leviticus 25:24 thru 26:46

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Keep the Home Fires Burning

Leviticus 4:1 thru 6:30

Our readings may seem a little boring right now but they are so rich with purpose and meaning.  There is no way each day we can cover everything in the detail I would love to.  But I do want us to look at this one verse today. 

Leviticus 6:13, Remember, the fire must be kept burning on the altar at all times.   It must never go out.

For a fire to keep burning it has to be tended to faithfully.  This requirement would in turn serve as a special exhortation to the priests to be faithful in their duties so that the worship of the Lord could continue without interruption.

Not to get ahead of ourselves but on Friday we will see that it is the Lord that ignites the fire that will burn on the altar for literally hundreds of years.

Point 1 I want to make today: God lights the fire, but it is up to the priests to maintain it.

Jeremiah said,  And I can’t stop! If I say I’ll never mention the LORD or speak in his name, his word burns in my heart like a fire. It’s like a fire in my bones! Jeremiah 20:9

The passion inside of us for God is like a blazing fire.  He places it there but it is up to us to maintain and cultivate it.

In verse 10-11 God instructed Moses that the priests were to remove the ashes every morning.  These ashes represented what would not ascend in the fire, and were a fitting symbol of the dross and corruption which attaches to all human services.

Point 2: Everything which would prevent the fire from burning was to removed... daily!

In a marriage, there are times the fires burn hot and sometimes not so hot.  A few weeks ago I was in my normal routine of being super mom, super pastor's wife, super homemaker, super everything when the hubs had to tell me to stop.  He said it is our marriage that will be here when the kids are gone, retirement comes, and you no longer want to cook for me. 

I had to step back and put my priorities back in their proper place. No need for any more info on that one, just suffice it to say, we removed anything that would hinder the fire to burn.

It is that way with our relationship with the Lord.  He lights the fire, but WE have to remove all the obstacles that would hinder our quality time with Him... daily.

Point 3: Fires ignite other fires. 

If you have ever seen a massive wild fire you know that what you are seeing is not how it started out.  It began small, then it spread to everything it came in contact with.

Passion is not taught, it is caught.  When we are on fire for the Lord and our passion burns bright, it will spread out to those we come in contact with.  We will not have to tell of the Lord and His greatness, it will be seen!

I want to leave you with this short illustration I read today.

Years ago a fishing fleet went out from a small harbor on the east coast of Newfoundland. In the afternoon there came a large furious storm and when night settled in not a single fishing vessel of the fleet was in the harbor.

All night long the wind blew and thunder blasted. The wives, mothers, and children labored all night in prayer for their loved ones out in the storm. They called on God over and over to save their loved ones. Then to add to the horror of the night one of the houses caught on fire. Since most of the men were on the storm tossed sea it was impossible to save the house from burning to the ground.

To the joy of all who labored in prayer, when morning broke, there was the fleet safe in the harbor. Everyone was home safe. Yet, in the joy filled crowd there was one sad face, it was a picture of despair on the wife of the man whose house had burned to the ground.

Meeting her husband as he came ashore she rejoiced that he was alive but cried out in anguish, “Honey, we are ruined! Our home and all its belongings were destroyed by a fire last night!” But the man looked at her with excitement and exclaimed, “Thank God for the fire!” Then all the men around said the same. The woman looked confused then her husband announced, “It was the light of our burning house that guided the whole fleet into port!”

This house burned metaphorically as a sacrificial offering which saved the lives of all the men on the fleet. If it had not caught fire and burned the fleet and all its men would have been lost.

We must steadily and unfailingly maintain the burning fire that God has ignited in our hearts.

There is a host of humanity that can be saved by it.  We must never let it go out!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Equally Committed

Numbers 7:1-89

We have finished our 3rd book of the Bible and are moving right along to Numbers.  We will remain here and in Leviticus for a couple weeks. 

Today we saw all of Moses', and the children of Israel's, hard work come to completion with the erection and anointing of the temple and the presentation of offerings from all 12 tribes. 

I am sure you noticed that all 12 tribes gave the same exact thing.  One commentary I read explained how this shows us they were all equally committed to supporting the Tabernacle and the work of the Lord.

As soon as I read that I immediately thought of my church, your church and every church in the world.  I began to wonder, if every one of our members were equally committed to supporting the church and God's work, the things we could accomplish for His's glory would be mind blowing.

How many more people could we reach with the life saving gospel?

How many more families could be transformed?

How many more teens could we challenge to be a light in this dark world?

How many more dads could we teach and train to be men of honor?

How many more women could we encourage to be all God designed them to be?

How many more children could we spark a passion for God and a desire to live for Him all the days of their life?

How many more needy people in our community could we minister to with food, clothes and a warm hug?

Not every person can be committed on the same level.  Some have more time than others.  Some have more money than others.  Some have more experience than others.  But no matter what, we can all be fully committed on the level God has enabled us.

Which begs me to ask the next questions,

What area of my life and heart do I need to be more fully committed to God and His work?

Am I aware of the lost and hurting people God has placed in my life's path every day? 

And do I really care?

God no longer dwells in a temple, He dwells in us (1 Corinthians 6:19).  Therefore, if anything is going to be done for Him it is going to come through us.  We are His hands and His voice. 

Christ has no hands but our hands, to do his work today.
He has no feet but our feet, to lead men in his way.
He has no lips but our lips, to tell men how he died.
He has no self but ourselves, to bring men to his side.
St. Teresa of Avila

Remember way back on January 4th reading about the Tower of Babel?  All the people came together to build a tower to reach the sky.   This they hoped would make them famous all over the world. 

The Lord said in Genesis 11:6,  Look!  The people are united, and they speak the same language.  After this, nothing they set out to do will be impossible for them!

Today... our common language is Love. 

Our mission is to make Jesus famous. 

And when we all unite and commit to the level we are able, there will be nothing we cannot do for His glory.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Week 7 Readings

Week 7 Readings

February 12
Exodus 35:1 thru 36:28

February 13
Exodus 37:1 thru Exodus 39:31

February 14
Exodus 39:32 thr 40:38
Numbers 9:15-23

February 15
Numbers 7:1-89

February 16
Numbers 8:1 thru 9:14
Leviticus 1:1 thru 3:17

February 17
Leviticus 4:1 thru 6:30

February 18
Leviticus 7:1 thru 8:36

Thursday, February 11, 2010

A World with Two Gods

Exodus 32:1 thru Exodus 34:35

The fourth word in our reading leaped off the page when I read it today.

When the people saw how long it was taking Moses… Exodus 32:1

The people of Israel had their eyes on the wrong person, Moses. They were looking at Moses and when they could no longer see him they assumed he was lost. And seeing how he, their only connection to God, was lost then God too was lost.

Three more things stuck out when I continued to read this account in Exodus 32.

First, how quickly the Children of Israel forgot all God has done for them; bringing them out of Egypt, suppling manna and quail for them, giving direction by a cloud and by fire, turning bitter water sweet, and splitting the Red Sea.

You would think they would never leave nor forsake their God after all this. And really they didn't completely forsake God because in verse 6 we see them celebrating the festival of the Lord. We'll come back to that in a moment.

Second thing that jumped out was how easy it was for the people to persuade Aaron to make them a god (verse 1 and 2).

Thirdly, while God is telling Moses to get Aaron and his sons and set them apart (because they will be His priests) Aaron is making another god for Israel to worship (Exodus 28:1).

Makes me wonder how many times God was preparing something for me while I was off worshipping my own things.

Now back to the festival of the Lord.

We find them compromising by worshipping two gods.

If you will remember when Pharaoh was in talks with Moses, he too was trying to get them to compromise. He told Moses, Ok, go worship your God. Just don’t go too far into the wilderness. Exodus 8:28

See the Enemy does not mind if you come to church, just don’t go too far and sell out to God.

He does not mind if you take your Jesus to work, just don’t go too far and share Him.

He does not mind if you put a little in the offering, just don’t go too far and give your 10 percent plus your offering.

He does not mind if you give God your heart, just don’t go too far and give Him your whole heart.

You will never get all of God until you go too far and give all of yourself to Him.

We may be smarter than the Children of Israel and never worship a gold statue of a baby cow, but often times we too compromise and worship two gods, or should I say trinities…

Father, Son and Holy Spirit (what God wants) and… Me, Myself and I (what I want).

Thankfully God, Moses, and the Children of Israel get it all straight but not without some intersession and bloodshed.

Kinda sounds like a foreshadowing doesn’t it?

My prayer today-


You are the only true and living God who loves me even when I make mistakes or replace you with my own manufactured golden calf.  Help me to always keep my eyes on you and when I can't see you, help me to trust you even more.


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

I Know Somebody

Exodus 25:1 thru Exodus 31:18

Over the past few days we have been reading about God's instructions for His dwelling place and how Aaron and his sons were to be clothed as the priests of Israel.

Remember, Moses has been on the mountain for 40 days receiving very detailed descriptions of what the Tabernacle of God was to look like, how it was to be built, and how sacrifices are to be offered and when. 

Something that is very interesting to me is the fact that God spends only one chapter (Genesis 1) of the Bible speaking about Creation; the creation of heaven, earth, day, night, land, sea, plants, animals and man.  Only ONE CHAPTER.

But when it came to the creation of His dwelling place, the place where He would live among His people, 50 chapters of the Bible are dedicated to it. 

This shows how important we are to God.  He put more emphasis on His living among us than on His creation for us. 

God so desires to be a part of your daily life.  He wants to do life with you. 

I am not sure we will ever really get the fact that we, me and you, can have an audience with the Creator of Heaven and Earth.  

Try and get an audience with the Queen of England or the President of the United States and see how far you get.  Not very far unless you are somebody or you know somebody.  

Well, we know Somebody and His name is Jesus and when He died the veil that separated God's people from the Most Holy Place was ripped from top to bottom (Mark 15:38) and now we can come boldly into the throne room of grace and find help in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16).   

We no longer need a temple, we are the temple.

We no longer need a priest, we just need a prayer. 

And all God's peeps said, Amen.

I hope you will meet me back here tomorrow because our reading is about to get very interesting.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Little by Little

If you need Week 6 Readings click here.

Exodus 22:16 thru Exodus 24:18

One of my favorite verses of scripture is, Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin... Zechariah 4:10.

Everything that is great in your life started off small; maybe as an idea, a hope or just a dream.

I love the above quoted verse because it helps me keep going even when things seem so small and ineffective at the moment.

Today we read in Exodus 23:20-32 about the conquest of Canaan, the Promised Land.  I hope the children of Israel were comforted by these words of God:

I am sending an angel before you to protect you on your journey...

I will be an enemy to your enemies...

I will bless you with food and water...

I will protect you from illness...

I will make all your enemies turn and run...

I will hand over to you the people now living in the land...

I will drive them out a little at a time...

God did not give the land or the people to them all at one time.  It happened little by little. 

That is such a great reminder for all of us today; we don't experience great blessings all in one huge moment but in a bunch of small moments put together.

If you are losing weight, it happens moment by moment, day by day.

If you want to be debt free, it happens moment by moment, day by day.

If you want a great education, it happens moment by moment, day by day.

If you want to have a great marriage, it happens moment by moment, day by day.

If you are saving for your kid's college fund, it happens moment by moment, day by day.

Little by little all things are possible.  Don't despise the day of small beginnings, or moments, in your life because when you add them together they equal something great.

The day Jesus was born was not the day of our redemption. Jesus was born, then He became a boy, than a man, then started His ministry and then died for our sins.  A bunch of small moments put together for one great salvation.

And because of what Christ has done, and because of who he is, God keeps blessing us... little by little... because His mercies are new every morning.

Remember, it was the little by little blessings that got you where you are today, and it is going to be the little by little blessings that are going to carry you through.


Friday, February 5, 2010

Week 6 Readings

Here are Week 6 Readings:

February 5
Exodus 13:1 thru Exodus 15:27

February 6
Exodus 16:1 thru Exodus 19:25

February 7
Exodus 20:1 thru Exodus 22:15

February 8
Exodus 22:16 thru Exodus 24:18

February 9
Exodus 25:1 thru Exodus 28:43

February 10
Exodus 29:1 thru Exodus 31:18

February 11
Exodus 32:1 thru Exodus 34:35

Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Ugly Dance

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Exodus 7:14 thru Exodus 12:51

Sorry I was not able to post a blog yesterday. This week has been crazy busy and my time was very limited.  But I am so glad to be back with you today!!

We have had some great readings these past couple of days. I totally forgot about the plague of darkness. The Lord told Moses it would be so thick you could feel it. Then I love what the Word said next, But there was light as usual where the people of Israel lived.

It’s the as usual that makes this girl wanna dance, although it wouldn’t be pretty. Trust me, this white girl can’t dance.

Israel is in bondage and has been for 430 years but God still shinned His light on them. And He is still shinning His light on you and me. (For the sake of my fam sitting in front of me I am containing my desire to get that ugly dance on.)

Moving on.

In our reading back on January 5th God told Abram, You can be sure that your descendants will be strangers in a foreign land, where they would be oppressed as slaves for 400 years. But I will punish the nation that enslaves them, and in the end they will come away with great wealth. Genesis 15:13-14

Today we saw that promise on all points come to fruition.

If you find yourself in bondage as the children of Israel were, then you need to do what they did. They cried out to God and never gave up hope. I know that they were discouraged as each year changed and their situation did not. I know it got hopeless. But they kept their faith and never forgot God and God never forgot them.

And when they came out, they had more wealth then when they entered in. God is so good.

Take-a-way truth: God keeps His promises. Never stop believing or crying out to Him.

In the end what did God instruct them to do, to celebrate annually the Festival of Passover. Why? Because we have a tenancy to forget our pain, our deliverance, and the God we serve once we are living in the Promised Land.

The day I gave birth to my children, once it was all over I remember saying, It wasn’t that bad. Now if you would have asked me while I was in labor that would not have been my answer AT ALL.

How fast we forget the pain of a child’s birth after holding them. But every year on July 11th and August 9th my kids’ births are celebrated. We remember the gifts they are and the day of my deliverance (literally).

How easily we forget God and what He’s brought us out of. The Passover was God’s way of never letting His people forget who He is, what He’s done and the promises that He keeps.

Today I would love for you to leave a comment of remembrance for a prayer God was faithful to answer. The Bible tells us that we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of our testimony. Revelation 12:11

Let do some testifying and some remembering today!

Just click comment below or send an email to me tina@ccalachua.com and I will post it for you.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

I Am Who I Am

Exodus 1:1 thru Exodus 7:13

Yesterday we began our journey with Moses but seeing as we finished up Job over the weekend leaving us hanging would make all that hard work seem unfinished, therefore I blogged yesterday regarding our reading from Saturday and Sunday.  You can click here to read post.

With that said, I will take Monday and Tuesday's reading and write today's post, which began with the sons of Jacob growing into the nation of Israel.

Remember, when we departed Genesis, Joseph had moved his father and all his brothers and their families to Egypt. Many years pass and the children of Jacob became so vast the Egyptians began to fear them, causing the Egyptians to enslave them.

Knowing you have read our designated reading I’m not going to recapitulate everything in detail. But over the past two days we did read about Moses' birth, his miraculous salvation (aren’t all salvations miraculous), his murdering of an Egyptian, then his fleeing to Midian, his becoming a husband, father and shepherd.

And in chapter 3 he gets a call, a call to rescue God’s people.

God heard their groaning and remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and with Jacob. And God saw the people of Israel and knew it was time to set His people free. Exodus 2:24-25

The children of Israel will no longer be defined by their years of slavery, but by their covenant relationship with God who has heard their cries and remembered his promises.

Moses, though, the one whom God asked to go before Pharaoh is not too excited about his new marching orders and begins a protest and debate with God.

Moses: Who am I?

God: I will be with you.

Moses: Whom shall I say has sent me?

God: I Am Who I Am.

The footnote said, I Will Be What I Will Be. What is it that God will be? Anything you need Him to be.

If you are sick, He will be your healer. If you are tired, He will be your strength. If you are bound, He will be your deliverer. If you are sad, He will be your joy. If you are worried, He will be your peace.

'I am' is the present tense of the active form 'to be'. As God’s name it means that He is constant unchanging, always present, always God.

So when God said I Am he was letting Moses know I Am is in control. I Am the center of the universe. I Am the creator and sustainer of life. I Am here. I Am more than enough. I Am God.

And if God's name is I Am then Moses' name is I Am Not.  And so is my name.

I Am Not the center of the universe. I Am Not the creator and sustainer of life.  I Am Not more than enough.  I Am Not in control and I Am Not God.

We should never be quick to protest God when He calls us to do something bigger than we are because He is the great I Am in us. I am not enough, but God is more than enough for me.

One more thing I want to add before saying goodbye. We closed our reading today with God encouraging Moses. God simply requested Moses to go, He would do the rest.

I will make you seem like God…

I will make Pharaoh’s heart stubborn…

I will bring down my fist on Egypt…

I will rescue my forces- my people, the Israelites…

When I raise my powerful hand and bring out the Israelites, the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord.

In Exodus 5:2 Pharaoh said, Who is the Lord?... I don’t know the Lord.

Well, tomorrow, he’s getting his first introduction to... I Am.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Keeping Your Religion

Job 38:1 thru Job 42:17*

Job’s story came to an end this past weekend. Did you notice that Satan was conspicuously absent? He was the reason for this whole situation and I can just imagine he was sickened when Job did not ‘lose his religion’. And the fact that Job got a double portion of what Satan took from him, well, you know that will preach.

The graciousness and mercy from our God overwhelms me. He is so wise that we should never think we can understand His ways; they are far above ours (Isaiah 55:8-9).

The way with which He rebukes and challenges us demonstrates his wisdom.

God questioned Job in 38:12-38 as to whether or not he has the power or intellect to govern the elements of creation he experiences on a daily basis. Of course Job cannot so the Lord reminds him that he also cannot see fully what the Lord is doing with respect to justice and judgment either.

In regards to justice and judgment, at the hands of his three friends, Job now knows what it feels like to have what was hidden about him (his innocence) questioned and judged by those who were drawing wrong conclusions from what was visible in his circumstances.

How many times have we ourselves been guilty of that? We need to always exercise caution when we see a situation and not presume we know the heart of the matter. The Bible clearly warns us not to judge. Actually, it’s Jesus that tells us no to judge…

Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. Matthew 7:1-2

Listen to the way the Message says it…

Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults; unless, of course you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging.

Pastoring and leading on any level will give people the opportunity to criticize and judge you. I have learned from being on the receiving side of judgment to not be one who gives it. I have not always been great at it because we are human and we think we ‘know’ what we think we ‘know’. Kind of like Job’s friends thought they ‘knew’ Job must have sinned otherwise he would not be in this situation.

It is kind of humorous that they instructed Job to repent when in the end God told the three ‘friends’ they needed to repent and ask Job to pray for them.

If you find yourself under the fire of criticism today, let me give you some advise; don’t waste your time arguing, debating and explaining yourself. Let God be your defender.

Job exerted unnecessary energy trying to convince these three dudes of his innocence. And never did until God convinced them for him.

Here is a quote that may save you some heartache…

Never explain yourself. Your friends don’t need it and your enemies won’t believe it.

One thing I have found is most people who stand back and judge and criticize are doing just that; standing back. They are the type who pick apart the game but won’t get in it. Did I just write that out loud?

The story of Job ends with him praying for the ones who judged him mistakenly. This conclusion is a picture of God’s mercy and Job’s faithfulness. Job images the character of the Lord and embodies the very mercy he himself has received. By doing so, he also continues the intercessory role he had faithfully performed for his family in chapter 1.

It is very significant to note that it is only at this point that Job’s restoration occurs, when he has been reconciled with God and his friends.

God vindicated and restored Job, and in the end, He will do the same for you.  Whatever you are going through, remember the story of Job, God may just be proving Satan wrong regarding you.

Would you pass the test?

*I pray you enjoyed studying the book of Job. Today (Monday) we moved to Exodus and the story of Moses but after all our reading we really needed to finish up Job before moving on. I will blog on our reading today on Tuesday.