YEAR 2, WEEK 11, Day 3, Wednesday, 15 March 2023

Observations from today’s readings and today’s S-WOD, Wednesday, 15 March 2023:

Job 4:7 –Remember: who that was innocent ever perished?  Or where were the upright cut off?

Job’s friend wrongfully assumed Job was suffering because of his sin.  Again, the ‘friend’s’ comfort of Job turned to criticism.  In the midst of his suffering, Job didn’t need a lesson he needed loving care. 

Job 4:17 – Can mortal man be in the right before God? Can a man be pure before his Maker?

Eliphaz trembled in fear and dread at the recognition that all men are guilty before God.  All men fall short of the glory of God, and the penalty for our sin is eternal death.  But in His perfect love, mercy, and grace God sent His son to pay the penalty for our sin — “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).”  That eternal life began the moment you were saved, and you are surrounded by God’s love in all circumstances:

  – Luke 12:6-7 — Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies?  And not one of them is forgotten before God.  Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered.  Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.

  – Luke 12:22-32 — And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on.  For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.  Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them.  Of how much more value are you than the birds!  And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?  If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?  Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!  And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried.  For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them.  Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.  “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

  – Job 13:15 — Though he slay me, I will hope in him;

  – Psalm 37:5 — Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.

Acts 25:19 – Rather they had certain points of dispute with him about their own religion and about a certain Jesus, who was dead, but whom Paul asserted to be alive.

Paul was guilty only of belief in Jesus’ resurrection.  Who could witness against you on such a charge.

Acts 25:22 – Then Agrippa said to Festus, “I would like to hear the man myself.”  “Tomorrow,” said he, “you will hear him.”

Paul had created such a stir that important people wanted to hear him testify.   What have you done to create enough interest that people want to hear your testimony?

“Cross” Fit S-WOD (Spiritual Workout of the Day) – 15 March 2023:  Leave no doubt about what, rather who you are about – share Jesus as your top priority. Get people talking. (Acts 25:19-22)

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