Different members of our church family write these reflections each week to go along with the two year reading plan the church is participating in. It is our hope that these reflections help you to get in to your Bible throughout the week and be challenged by the word of God.
Read Job 23-24 (Monday 8/21)
Have you ever written a lament?
Have you ever considered that, even as a Christian, you are ~allowed~ to lament? Life is hard. I don’t need to tell you that there are some seasons of life that getting out of bed in the morning isn’t even easy. Each day feels like an uphill battle, and that’s before you even click on the news. Why does God make your life so hard? Why does he allow for bad things to happen, for illness to grow, for depression to strike? I find that, in the times when life is hard, I don’t lament. I mean I do, but not to God. In fact, I sort of shut Him out. Have you ever done that? We talk to our moms and our friends and our Facebook wall about how difficult things are right now, and the burdens we are carrying. But when someone who loves us asks, “Well, have you prayed about it?” We shrug and say, “I’ve been busy” or “not really.”
The thing about God is that He is always right there with you. Nothing that is happening to you is shocking to Him. He has laid out every step of your life (even the hard ones.) So why not talk to Him about it? Why not get frustrated with Him, mad at Him? Say what you feel about Him to His face. He will listen. And He won’t go anywhere. He loves you. He hears. You.
Challenge for this Week: Write a lament this week.
Read Job 28 (8/23 Wednesday)
Twenty-Seven verses of build-up. Twenty-seven verses of Job’s meticulous and downright poetic walk through each level of creation. He highlights each of their inability to find or equal the value of wisdom. Of all the majestic creatures, priceless jewels, and delicious foods that come forth from the earth (thank you, Job, for loving food the way I do) – none is as valuable as wisdom. And where does it come from? At the very end after working so hard to make sure we understand the gravity of it all; in just two verses, Job explains what all the hubbub was about: Wisdom comes from God alone. More than that, God knows where to find wisdom. He knows from where the fountains of wisdom flow. In the book of James, God uses the author to explain that, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” So, not only does God know where all of the wisdom is, but He is willing to give it out freely to His children who ask for it. Which is nice, since Job made it pretty clear that there’s no way on earth we could get it or match it on our own.
Isn’t that encouraging? No matter what you are doing or who you are – you are incapable of finding wisdom for yourself. But your God? He is excited to pour this precious gift upon you if you would just seek Him out and ask.
Challenge for this Week: Pray for wisdom each day this week.
Reflections written this week by Liz Doogan