Observations from today’s readings and today’s S-WOD, Thursday, 6 April 2023:
Job 26:1-3 — Then Job answered and said: “How you have helped him who has no power! How you have saved the arm that has no strength! How you have counseled him who has no wisdom, and plentifully declared sound knowledge!”
Bildad’s words were principally true but not at all helpful to Job in understanding his current situation. In fact, Bildad was only making Job feel worse by using biblical principles to blame Job for his current condition. Bildad claimed to have an understanding he didn’t really have. We must not only know the Bible, we must also know how to properly apply God’s word to the current situation, communicating God’s words to others in a way that is actually helpful. This takes more than knowledge, it takes wisdom, which is knowledge rightly applied.
Mark 13:9 – …and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them.
The reality of end times gives greater opportunity for testimony.
Mark 13:10 – And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations.
World evangelism precedes end times.
Mark 13:13, 18 – And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved…. Pray that it may not happen in winter.
Worry is never in order for end time – faith and prayer always are.
End times call for endurance and perseverance.
Mark 13:14 – …let the reader understand….
Scripture is the only basis for understanding end time.
Mark 13:9-37 – But be on guard; I have told you all things beforehand.
God prepares us for end time. He tells you what you need to know so that you will recognize it when you see it and so that you can have confidence in your circumstances that God remains in control and is working all things together for His great purposes.
Mark 13:32 – But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
Not even Jesus knew the dates of end time. If a preacher claims this knowledge, have nothing to do with him.
“Cross” Fit S-WOD (Spiritual Workout of the Day) – 6 April 2023: Today recommit to making Bible study and application your top daily priority, before exercise, before entertainment, even before eating. If you are having difficulty finding time for Bible study, make the commitment to eat nothing before you have studied your Bible. Proverbs 16:26 — “A worker’s appetite works for him; his mouth urges him on.” (See today’s readings)