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A man fell in the ocean and couldn’t swim. When a boat came by, the captain yelled, “Do you need help, sir?” The preacher calmly said “No, God will save me.” A little later, another boat came by and a fisherman asked, “Hey, do you need help?” The man replied again, “No God will save me.” Eventually the man drowned and went to heaven. The man asked God, “Why didn’t you save me?” God replied, “I sent you two boats!”
Reading today in Job 34, Elihu’s view of the universe and God is that God is always right, is just, and has a concern for us. He has great wisdom, infinite knowledge, and always knows what is best for us.
Of course Elihu is right about God but there is even more that he doesn’t touch upon. God made his people so they could work together, think, and act upon ideas. Sometimes we forget that God wants each of us to take action but many times we don’t have the initiative or just don’t know what to do.
We have a part to play too. That’s why there is a need for daily prayer to determine the steps we need to take. We then can make decisions based on the guidance from the Holy Spirit. Decisions are then made with a sense of freedom and confidence.
So the lesson from today’s passage for me is that the scriptures give us information to help discern right from wrong. Also, knowing the Word furnishes us with historical patterns that we can study and follow in doing what ought to be done.
This day with You Lord, our minds are opened in all the various ways you give us help through Your Word, from other people, and in our prayers as You guide us each day. With Your help, we don’t sink in the deep waters and drown but are rescued by our Savior. Amen.