Poetry Friday 6-17-2022

Today’s poem posted at my other blog Step Ahead is inspired by the post “Count on It”. We can count on the promises of the Old Testament to be fulfilled in the New Testament. That’s Good News for all.

The world shifts and changes but as in the song Solid As The Rock by Avalon, our faith is solid as a rock.

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Questions for Reflection for Study of Job 15-20

We live in a busy world with busy schedules and being able to share some thoughts about this journey with others across this world through the Internet is truly a blessing. The below Questions for Reflection will stimulate thought and offer ideas for applying biblical principles at work, at home, and in all we do.

Job 15 – Are you in sympathy with Job or Eliphaz after verses 1-6? Why? What argument would you use to refute Eliphaz in verses 12-16? Does your experience bear out Eliphaz’s dogma about the wicked (See Job’s experience in 9:24)? Have you unconsciously inherited a dogma that doesn’t fit the facts of life?

Job 16 – How does Job counter the accusations of Eliphaz (Especially 15:2-6)? How would you describe Job’s despair? What does Job seek in his predicament?

Job 17 – What is the state of Job’s physical body (See Chapter 16)? What is the state of Job’s spirit (See Chapter 7:11)? How does verse 6 show that Job will not find what he wants among men?

Job 18 – What is Bildad’s explanation for Job’s frustration (See 1-4)? What metaphors are used to illustrate the ruin of the wicked? How can these metaphors, from a different point of view, illustrate the life of the righteous? To what extent does your mood determine how you view a given situation?

Job 19 – What does Job think is the source of his troubles? What is the attitude of Job’s family and friends? What is Job’s emotional tone before and after verse 23?

Job 20 – What theme does Zophar reiterate? What illustrations does he use this time? To what extent are these metaphors fulfilled in our current society? What should we focus on during our lifetime?

Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of the questions above. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments.

Resources and Supplementary Helps Used in Posts

Adeney, Carol. This Morning with God: A Daily Study Guide to the Entire Bible. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1978. Print.

“Sermons.” Sermons | FUMC Waco. N.p., n.d. Web.  <http://fumcwaco.org/resources/sermons/>.

“Bible.” The Bible – The Word of God – ChristNotes. N.p., n.d. Web. 2017. <http://www.christianity.com/bible/>.

Nicholes, Lou. “Recent Commentaries.” Family-Times.net – Devotional Commentary Index. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://www.family-times.net/commentary/>.

“Bing.” Microsoft. N.p., n.d. Web. Images >.

“BibleGateway.” BibleGateway.com: A Searchable Online Bible in over 150 Versions and 50 Languages. N.p., n.d. Web. <https://www.biblegateway.com/>.

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Spiritual Journey Through Job 8-14

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been looking at ways to apply the word found in the book of Job and sharing some thoughts that not only can benefit you now but also help the next generation too! The greatest of all possessions one can hand off to future generations are the guiding principles taught by Christ Jesus.

A major thought from “Three Dimensional Thinking” is that we can study a certain field, learn from history, or from experience but we are limited as humans. Only the Trinity provides three dimensional thinking with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We can follow the Word and trust the guidance for each of our steps into the future.

The post “Antidote to Despair” makes the point that everyone who believes in what the gospel clearly explains and accepts God’s Son as their Savior has a protective antidote to despair.

Life is frustrating and we sometimes jump to false conclusions like Job did when he thought God was out to get him as explained in the post “The Perfect Place”. We may complain at times like Job but let us remain faithful because of Jesus who represents us and fights for us.

Our faith keeps pushing us along to better days ahead as emphasized in “Renewed Day by Day” and hope keeps bringing light even in darkness. The gleaming rays of a morning sunrise cheers us on; giving us the assurance of a brighter days ahead.

A prescription to frustration as discussed in “Physician for the Soul” is taking in God’s Word, praying, and listening to the Spirit. This prescription for the soul will provide more peace and joy in your life.

Written about in “Fixer Upper”, Job believes life is not fair and there is only death to look forward to. Even though life is tough at times, we have the advantage today in knowing what Christ has done on the cross. We know that this life on earth is not all there is and there’s another one prepared for us which is eternal.

Keep up with my spiritual journey over the next few weeks either through following this blog or the Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God – A Spiritual Journey. Let’s share thoughts or ideas about applying our faith so we step ahead along the path to victory.

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Makes A Way When There Was No Way

Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. – John 14:19

Written about in “Fixer Upper”, Job believes life is not fair and there is only death to look forward to. Even though life is tough at times, we have the advantage today in knowing what Christ has done on the cross. We know that this life on earth is not all there is and there’s another one prepared for us which is eternal.

Take inspiration from today’s song My Jesus by Anne Wilson and keep the faith because Jesus makes a Way where there is no way.

Index of devotionals

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Fixer Upper

The place I live was hit by a devastating tornado in 1953. The downtown part of Waco Texas was just about destroyed and pretty much was dead for many years. Then growth over the years started toward the lake with malls and shops rebuilding about three to five miles to the west. My local church relocated to the west of downtown at that time too.

In recent years, the area between downtown and Baylor University has been booming as shown in the photo above. New apartment buildings, restaurants, hotels, and businesses are locating in that area. There are several catalyst for this new growth but one of the biggest is the Silos at Magnolia that Chip and Joanna Gaines from the show “Fixer Upper” transformed. They renovated the Silos into shops and boutique stores. Fans of the show from around the world travel to Waco, stay in its hotels, and eat at their restaurants.

The journey through the book of Job continues and there are many similarities between the life of Job and the city of Waco after the devastating tornado. Job was trying to deal with the ruin in his life. He is going through anguish and misery after losing his children, his livestock, and his property. Then, he is afflicted with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head (Job 3:7). At this point of our study, three friends have given him advice and now in today’s passage, Job responds to that advice. 

In Job 14 we note his mood of doom and gloom that molds his thoughts about God. Job believes life is not fair and there is only death to look forward to. He tells a parable of a tree that has been cut down. He says at least there is hope for the tree. When it is cut down, it will sprout again with new shoots. The roots are alive and with water, it will bud and grow shoots like a plant (v. 7-9). On the other hand, a person will breathe one last time and be no more.

So Job has a question in verse 14: If someone dies, will they live again? To answer Job’s question, we have the advantage of knowing about Jesus. We can have faith in life after death that is beyond what we can now imagine. Life is tough at times but we know what Christ has done on the cross. We know that this life on earth is not all there is and there’s another one prepared for us which is eternal.

So a lesson for us today is to keep going in faith, keep asking, and never give up during fragile times. It is during these times that life may seem to be too much to handle and the result is brokenness. That’s when we have to get back to the basics and gain confidence because God can get us through it all.

Remember that God loved us so much that He gave us His only Son. So let us start each day in His Word to build up our faith and keep looking forward to the kingdom of God rather than the things of this world.

Let’s have faith by being anchored to God’s principles in His Word. Hold on to hope for better days ahead. Love our neighbor as ourselves and see the goodness in others. God has every good thing in mind for the future so let’s be of good cheer because we can count on Jesus. Remember … He’s fixed it all and faith in Jesus will lead to victory in the end.

This day with You Lord, we are anchored to Your principles. Life brings storms but we can make it through because of You Lord. The solid principles of faith and perseverance provide us all with what we need towards a victorious finish. The death on the cross fixed it all so we can even overcome death. Amen.

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