Observations from today’s readings and today’s S-WOD, Sunday, 12 August 18:
1. Job 13:3 – “But I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to argue my case with God.” Job was not trying, nor did he intend to defend himself before men; Job only wanted to speak to God.
2. Job 13:4 – “As for you, you whitewash with lies; worthless physicians are you all.” Job’s judgmental friends were completely unhelpful. Our words should bring healing, not that they will always be pleasant. As Proverbs teaches, “Faithful are the wounds of a friend,” and “Better is open rebuke than hidden love…. Whoever rebukes a man will afterward find more favor than he who flatters with his tongue…. It is better for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise than to hear the song of fools. (Proverbs 27:5,6; Proverbs 30:6; Ecclesiastes 7:5) The physician handles the scalpel delicately, does not cut carelessly, and always cuts to heal, leaving as little scarring as possible. Proverbs 12:18 says, “There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” “A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.” (Proverbs 15:4) The fruit of the spirit include gentleness, and the Bible tells us that “if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.” (Galatians 6:1) We must remember that all of our words must be grounded in love and that we have been given “the ministry of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:8). We are called to “Aim for restoration.” (2 Corinthians 13:11) Christians are in the people business, and the Bible is particularly interested in how we treat one another. How are you doing on the one-anothers below?
– Romans 12:10 — Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
– Romans 12:16 — Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.
– Romans 13:8 — Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
– Romans 14:13 — Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.
– Romans 15:5 — May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus,
– Romans 15:7 — Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
– Romans 15:14 — I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another.
– Romans 16:16 — Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.
– 1 Corinthians 4:6 — I have applied all these things… that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another.
– 1 Corinthians 6:1, 7 — When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints…? To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded?
– 2 Corinthians 10:12 — But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding.
– 2 Corinthians 13:11 — Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
– Galatians 5:13 — For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
– Galatians 5:26 — Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
– Galatians 6:2 — Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
– Ephesians 4:2 — with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,
– Ephesians 4:25 — Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.
– Ephesians 4:32 — Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
– Ephesians 5:19 — addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,
– Ephesians 5:21 — submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.
– Colossians 3:9 — Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices
– Colossians 3:13 — bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
– Colossians 3:16 — Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
– 1 Thessalonians 3:12 — and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you,
– 1 Thessalonians 4:9 — Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another,
– 1 Thessalonians 4:18 — Therefore encourage one another with these words.
– 1 Thessalonians 5:11 — Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
– 1 Thessalonians 5:15 — See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.
– Hebrews 3:13 — But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
– Hebrews 10:24 — And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,
– Hebrews 10:25 — not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
– James 4:11 — Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.
– James 5:9 — Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door.
– James 5:16 — Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
– 1 Peter 1:22 — Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart,
– 1 Peter 4:8 — Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
– 1 Peter 4:9, 10 — Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:
– 1 Peter 5:5 — Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
– 1 Peter 5:14 — Greet one another with the kiss of love. Peace to all of you who are in Christ.
– 1 John 1:7 — But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
– 1 John 3:11 — For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
– 1 John 3:23 — And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.
– 1 John 4:7 — Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.
– 1 John 4:11 — Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
– 1 John 4:12 — No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.
– 2 John 1:5 — And now I ask you, dear lady—not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning—that we love one another.
3. Job 13:5 – “Oh that you would keep silent, and it would be your wisdom!” Silence is often our wisest option. If you are not speaking as an Ambassador for Christ with a definite word from God, remain silent.
4. Job 13:7 – “Will you speak falsely for God and speak deceitfully for him?” Job’s friends used their ‘biblical’ knowledge inappropriately to speak falsely for God and to wrongly judge Job and his situation. You must be very careful not speak beyond your actual wisdom.
5. Job13:15, 16 – “Though he slay me, I will hope in him; yet I will argue my ways to his face. This will be my salvation, that the godless shall not come before him.” Job did not understand his situation but trusted in God and in his relationship with God. Job saw salvation in His special relationship with God. To know God is to love God. To love God is to trust God, no matter what.
6. Job 13:16 – “This will be my salvation, that the godless shall not come before him.” Job understood that God will reveal the truth of every matter and judge the hearts of all people.
7. Job 13:24 – “Why do you hide your face and count me as your enemy?” It is hard for us to understand what appears to be God’s silence or even absence. Even righteous Job, the one hand-picked by God, struggled with this — the Bible reveals Job’s struggle with us intentionally to give us strength in our trials. What we cannot see requires faith.
8. Job 13 — There are times in life when human advice is no longer helpful, only the Holy Spirit can be your Counsellor.
9. Job 14:1-5 — Job’s suffering caused him to consider the frailty of life and the true sinfulness of man. Any illusions of control over life were gone. Whatever pride he had was removed. Sometimes God needs to take people to a low point for them to see the reality of His Sovereignty and their total dependence on Him.
10. Job 14:7-17 — We must all deal with what happens after death and the eternal consequences of our sin.
11. Job 14:10 – “But a man dies and is laid low; man breathes his last, and where is he?” We all have to come to terms with the fact that life is hard and then we die. One of the biggest lies ever told is that life is supposed to be easy. Another is that we are in control of our destiny, that all the right decisions and the right circumstances can produce a Heaven on earth. Many seek various forms of denial in life, but Christians, who understand God’s purpose for their life, remain joyful in the face of the reality of life.
12. Job 14:13-15 – “If a man dies, shall he live again? All the days of my service I would wait, till my renewal should come.” Faith’s hope is that, in life, we can find joy in a love relationship with Jesus and that God will provide resurrection after death, forgiveness of sins, and answers to life’s questions. Without faith, life is a very hopeless proposition.
13. Proverbs 12 — Today’s proverbs speak of the wise person’s approach to building economic security. First, a wise person does not make deceptive wages and does not get rich taking advantage of others (Proverbs 12:2). A wise person’s integrity produces stability in all areas of life. (Proverbs 12:3) A wise person marries well. (Proverbs 12:4) The wise don’t just jump from one thing to the next, they do long-range planning and follow their plan without distraction. (Proverbs 12:5) The wise man is guided by sound thinking that comes from years of Spirit-led character development, and because of his outstanding character, he gains a great reputation. (Proverbs 12:8) The wise person does not spend money to impress others or pretend to be wealthy; rather, the wise person uses money to provide for self and others and to build. (Proverbs 12:9) The wise person has a giving heart and uses growing resources to further provide for others. (Proverbs 12:10) The wise do not pursue get rich quick schemes and are not driven by the need for instant gratification. Rather, the wise work diligently day by day to build wealth little by little over time; his wealth is built the old-fashioned way – with his hands. (Proverbs 12:11, 12) The wise man learns to work well with others, deals patiently and honestly in all relationships, and accepts counsel from other wise Christians. (Proverbs 12:13-19) The wise pursue peace knowing that conflicts destroy. (Proverbs 12:20) The wise mind their own business and do not get entangled in worthless arguments. (Proverbs 12:23) A wise person works hard, does not worry, and avoids friendships with the ungodly. (Proverbs 12:24-27) The wise person stays on the path of life.
14. Proverbs 12:9 – “Better to be lowly and have a servant than to play the great man and lack bread.” Don’t seek honor; seek to be honorable.
15. Proverbs 12:15 – “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.” Wise people get advice from other wise people.
16. Proverbs 12:16 – “The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult.” Wise people are not easily annoyed or angered.
17. Proverbs 19:20 – “Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but those who plan peace have joy.” Sin is based on lies.
18. Psalm 92:1, 2 – “It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night….” Praising the LORD from the beginning of the day until the end is good for you. Make this your habit. Sometimes you might not feel you have a heart of praise. Praise anyway and see how your heart changes.
19. Psalm 92:5-7 – “How great are your works, O Lord! Your thoughts are very deep! The stupid man cannot know; the fool cannot understand this: that though the wicked sprout like grass and all evildoers flourish, they are doomed to destruction forever.” Only a fool rejects God and His wisdom, trusting in their incredibly limited and perishable knowledge. Why not go to the Creator of the Universe to guide you through your life?
20. Psalm 92:6 – “The stupid man cannot know; the fool cannot understand this….” If you cannot find reason to praise the LORD all day, understand that it is because there is a problem with your senses. You need to adjust your focus, get tuned in with God. You cannot see what is obvious because of a heart problem.
21. Psalm 93 — God is all powerful, omnipresent, omniscient, unchanging, and perfect. He loves you perfectly and provides what is perfect. We can trust God completely though we cannot possibly understand what He is doing.
22. Psalm 93:1 – “The Lord reigns.” How much you really believe this will determine how you respond to any situation, whether you will trust and obey Him or instead sin.
“Cross” Fit S-WOD (Spiritual Workout of the Day) – 12 Aug 18: Today, pray and meditate upon the Sovereignty and Holiness of God and the implications to your daily living. Meditate upon what it means to serve the KING on this earth. Consider what the Bible means by, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:16) Visualize trusting God and obeying Him regardless personal cost. (Job 13; Psalm 92, 93)