August 25, 2018 Job 23,24; James 1:19-27

“There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:42 (NLT) The heart of this ministry is to inspire a love for God’s Word and encourage the discipline of daily Bible reading and SOAP journaling. These are a few of our SOAP notes from today’s reading. We encourage you to read and journal on your own first, then join us in conversation about what God revealed to YOU today. Click HERE to go directly to the daily reading if you wish.

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The Way God has for Me | Tara Wiley

S~ Yet He knows the way with me (HCSB literal translation); when He has tested me, I will emerge as pure gold. Job 23:10

O~ He knows...

He sees. He is aware. He pays attention. And in His sovereignty, He has groomed this way to perfectly refine me.

When He has tested me…

Ethan and I just finished a brief but thorough review of the End of Time. One event is the judgment of believers before God, where our deeds will be tried as in a furnace:

1 Corinthians 3:12-15 (ESV)

Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.

All the stubble will disappear but the good will come out as gold. Beautifully refined. I want a treasure trove to lay at Jesus’ feet!

A~ Some days I feel so inadequate for this God-life. I look at Facebook and read Christian articles and think – am I doing enough? Giving enough? Volunteering enough? Sharing Christ enough? Guilt creeps in and I worry… and am tempted to avoid God just like Adam and Eve did in the garden. (THAT is clue number one that this is not a God-driven conviction but an assault of the enemy to draw me away from Him!)

Then I remember: He has called me to do the good works He prepared beforehand for me to do (Ephesians 2:10). Not Jen Hatmaker’s or Francis Chan’s or Ann Voskamp’s  or my friends’ good works. Just the ones in front of me. These amazing God-followers can serve to remind me of His ways, and to check myself to see if I’m being obedient to God’s call – but I am not to bethem.

I am to love my neighbor as myself – the ones God places in my path in this season, using the story He has placed in my life to reflect His glory. This way I am on: He knows it. He is using it to refine me. It’s up to me to take the gifts He has given me, especially the ones wrapped in pain, to build on the foundation He has laid in my life through the gift of His Son.

I just looked back at the context of the verses from I Corinthians and was surprised to see that just a few verses before, Paul was addressing the very issue I feel roiling in my spirit – people were comparing different people’s ministries, and it was becoming a source of division and jealousy. Paul pointed out that he and this other leader, Apollos, had different callings and were being obedient to what God was moving them to do. They were not the same. They weren’t supposed to be the same!

When I try to do more just because someone else is doing something I’m not, I am being disobedient to God’s call on my life. As I continue to submit to Him, draw near to Him, pray and study His Word, God will reveal what He wants me to do. Then: I must be obedient.

P~ Oh Lord! I want to come forth as pure, shining, gold. I truly do want to have a treasure trove of brilliant jewels to lay at Your feet on that Day. Not because I want glory, but because I want You to be glorified. Help me be obedient to what You have called me to. Nothing more, nothing less. Forgive me for the times I allow the enemy to get a foothold in my life through paralyzing guilt. You are gracious, God. You are good. Any conviction You bring leads to fruit. Let me be sensitive and moldable to You and You alone. Thank You for knowing the way I take. Every moment of my life has meaning because it can be used by You. Help me be a good steward of all You have given me.

First Things First | Kelley Deases

S~ I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread,  Job 23:12b (NIV)

O~  A good friend and pastor once told me that in her seminary program, the students were required to spend their devotion time with the Lord before eating anything.  I’m not sure I agree with that legalistic regimen, or even the idea of mandated time with God per the terms set forth by school administrators, but, be that as it may, the policy does underscore giving priority to hearing from God over (and before) doing our own thing.  Most of us could stand to go a couple hours (or even days?) without a meal, but we should not go a day without seeking connection with our Maker and Lover of our Souls.

A~  I shouldn’t go a day without sitting at His feet.  But I do. It’s been a few days as I sit here now.  And isn’t it me always trying to share with and encourage others to be in The Word on a consistent basis?  Aren’t I always saying how life changing it is  when we take that time, still our hearts, and listen to His voice and what He’s trying to reveal to us?  I don’t want to be legalistic or get caught up in shame or condemnation.  I just want to be able to say, in all sincerity, as Job did, that “I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.”  But, all too often, my agenda for the day, my scurrying around the house, my distracted thoughts, my daily bread, takes precedence over partaking in the Bread of Life.

P~  Father, Maybe you brought my pastor friend’s experience to mind today as something I should embrace to hone my spiritual discipline of spending daily time in Your Word.  Bread over bread….time with Jesus before my bowl of cereal!

The Blessing of Enduring Pain | Joni Tyner

S~ God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward, they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.  James 1:12 (NLT)

O~ Troubles are a part of all of our lives—especially if we are believers.  (verse 2—when troubles come your way…-this is telling us to expect to have trouble in this life. )

God is with us during difficult times.

The trouble won’t last forever.

He will bless those who endure and stay faithful to Him.

A~ I find this verse so  comforting to know that God with me during difficult times. There is purpose in the pain.  He knows how hard it is, my tears are held by His hand, He only asks me to hang on, to keep doing the right things.  I need to  keep trusting and having faith.

P~ Dear Lord,  going through tough times is so difficult…thank you for this scripture.  I know you love me and someday I will understand everything that has caused pain—all this will one day make sense.  I’m trusting You.

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1 thought on “August 25, 2018 Job 23,24; James 1:19-27”

  1. Ms. Wiley, Never underestimate the power of your encouragement (in timeliness and content) in the hands of our Lord’s Spirit. Your obedience to write what you did and your candor bears witness to your ability to hear what the Spirit is saying (to you personally as well as to those members of the body who have/will visit here). Thank you. – Mrs. K

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