I find myself getting behind on a lot of things these days. Let’s see how this current week goes. The goal of any Bible study is to get closer to our Savior Jesus, and so my hope is to rearrange things to make sure that – while I study, I focus on staying at Jesus’ feet.
Assigned Reading: Psalms 36-37; Job 40-42
Chapter 36 – The problem of self given flattery is – our spiritual eyes become blind and don’t recognize the sin we are entangled in. But, we have a place to run: God is our Refuge! His faithfulness and love are ours to cherish, as are His abundance and Him being the One to preserve us!
Chapter 37 – Friends, let us take heart in the truth found in verses 3-5.
Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this…
God offers us His abundance. His safe pastures are given to those who trust their good Shepherd (see Jn. 10). This is where real living takes place. An enduring, good life is found when we trust in Jesus and commit ourselves to Him.
God speaks to Job. Powerful words. Words we need to listen to.
Who then is able to stand against me? Who has a claim against me that I must pay? Everything under heaven belongs to me (Job 41:10b-11).
Job speaks. Now, Job must answer for all he has spoken.
I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted. You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know (42:2-3).
My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes (42:5-6).
Job and his friends are brought to repentance. They had to mourn over their sin, and confess it to God. God showed them mercy, by not dealing with them as they deserved. God showed his love to them in this, and restored to Job all that was his before plus more. He had seven sons and three daughters. His daughters, even, were included in his will and named in the 42nd chapter – which is actually rather unheard of. God showed his goodness. Job showed his faith and heart toward God, as he recognized his sin and repented before God for all he had done.
What do we need to repent of, before God today? And, how are we drawing near to God?