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Treasure His Words

I came across a verse in Job that I thought was a great reminder of how we should be treating God’s Word (the Bible). Job says, “I have not departed from the command of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food” (Job 23:12).

I like how The Message translates this verse. I’ll add verses 10-11 just so you get a better idea of what Job is saying, But he knows where I am and what I’ve done. He can cross-examine me all he wants, and I’ll pass the test with honors. I’ve followed him closely, my feet in his footprints, not once swerving from his way. I’ve obeyed every word he’s spoken, and not just obeyed his advice—I’ve treasured it.” Job’s example of treasuring God’s Word above all else is one to be followed. Despite all the pain and heartache he was going through, he still never wavered from following God.

I love to spend time in the Word in the mornings but some mornings I do find it hard stay focused on what I’m reading while my mind starts to wander into what I need to be doing for the day. Some days I feel like I’m just going through the motions and not getting anything out of what I’m reading. Other days I can’t seem to get enough. Most mornings I pray Psalm 119:18 before I start to read God’s Word, Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” It helps me slow down and focus on what God is trying to tell me. 

I pray that as you seek the Lord and read His Word that He will open your eyes to see Him. May we be like Job and treasure God’s Word above all else.

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My Redeemer Lives

Job knew his Redeemer lived. He knew no matter how difficult the trials he was going through that God would restore him. It reminded me of this song and the lyrics that I remember singing in  church while growing up,

“I know my Redeemer lives because He lives I can face tomorrow.”


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My Redeemer

I have been reading through the book of Job this week and came across a wonderful little verse I know we all probably know, “As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, And at the last He will take His stand on earth” (Job 19:25).

My Bible commentary says of this verse, “he (Job) believes that there is a Redeemer who will one day vindicate him and then restore him, even though death and decay intervene.” Job didn’t say that he hoped or trusted his Redeemer lived. He said he KNEW his Redeemer lived. He not only knew this but he knew it within a very difficult trial in his life. He knew that God would one day restore him.

My prayer for you today is that you know without a doubt that your Redeemer lives and He is in the process of restoring you.


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Jealousy, Stewing & Anger

“The Lord said to Cain, ‘Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is contrary to you, but you must rule over it.’” Genesis 4:6-7

In this passage we have two brothers Cain and Abel. Cain was a “tiller of the ground” and Abel was “a keeper of flocks” (Genesis 4:2). In this passage we read that Cain brought to the Lord and offering of “the fruit of the ground” while Abel brought the “firstlings of his flock and their fat portions” (Genesis 4:3-4). The Lord “had regard for Abel and for his offering; but for Cain and for his offering He had no regard” (Genesis 4:4-5).

My bible commentary says, “There must have been a time when Cain and Abel were instructed that sinful man can approach the holy God only on the ground of the blood of a substitutionary sacrifice.” This would, I assume, mean that at one point Cain rejected this commandment and came before God with a bloodless offering while Abel obeyed the commandment by bringing to God the first of his flock.

God’s rejection of Cain’s offering made Cain angry, “So Cain became very angry and his countenance fell” (Genesis 4:5a). I’m not going to get into why God accepted one offering over the other. What I want to focus on is Cain’s reaction and what resulted from it. Cain became angry and he allowed that anger to seep deeper so as his “countenance fell.” Here is what God had to say about Cain’s anger, “‘If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it'” (Genesis 4:7).

Cain had the option of changing his offering into one that was acceptable. He had to option of changing his attitude but he didn’t. Instead he allowed it to fester and turn into jealousy which lead him to murder his brother.

My friends, anger is a dangerous feeling. I know there is justified anger and it is a natural feeling but what we do with it is vital to both our emotional and spiritual lives. I guarantee that if you allow yourself to stew in your anger and jealousy they’ll take you to a dark place like they took Cain. I pray that when we are faced with a situation that brings feelings of anger and jealousy that we take it to the Lord. Read what He has to say in His Word. Pray about the situation and ask the Lord how to deal with it properly.