January 9, 2012 Job 21 – 23
S – “Yet I am not silenced by the darkness, by the thick darkness that covers my face.” Job 23:17
O – Darkness is stifling. It has a way of debilitating your senses, consuming your thoughts, and oppressing your spirit. Darkness is ugly and painful. If left unchecked, it can spread like a malignant cancer, enveloping every last cell of your body, bringing suffering and spiritual death, leaving only a rotting stench looming in the clouds. Not even the darkness could silence Job. You want to know why? Within each and every one of us, God placed a mustard sized seed of faith. Even during this dark time in Job’s life, his afflictions were eclipsed by glory. The Light brought forth nurtured that seed of faith and caused it to flourish. Job knew Who he belonged to and stepped out of the darkness, into the Light, forbidding the darkness to silence him. For He who lives within us is greater than he who lives in the world…this dark world. We were made to glorify Him, we were made to be courageous, and we were made to be a light unto the world, removing all darkness. So I say, Shine On!!
A – Even during those dark days…those days where I just don’t “feel like it” and want to wallow in the darkness and self pity, I MUST step into the Light! I must remember to Whom I belong and what I was created to do and be. The darkness will last for only but a moment! The Son will rise and be magnified in my life! Not even the darkest night will silence me from proclaiming the love I have for my God and my life in Christ!! I will shout it from the mountaintops and earnestly seek it in the valleys. Christ is King and will forever reign!!
P – Dear Light of the world, Light of my life, and all Sovereign King. Thank You for placing that mustard sized seed of faith within me at my creation. Thank You for nurturing, protecting and irrigating my spirit, producing a bountiful harvest. Thank You for being the Almighty Gardner and sending the Son to shine, not only in the darkness, but throughout all of my days. Bring Your reign, and continue to sow Your seeds, not only within me, but throughout this world. One day, and very soon, we will be handpicked and placed upon the banquet table of the great wedding feast as Your centerpiece. Being forever removed from this, our temporary home, and having our roots transplanted and forever established in our one true home, with You for eternity. Oh happy day!!!! In Christ’s Name I pray. Amen.
January 10, 2012 Job 24 – 28
S – “The eye of the adulterer waits for the twilight, Saying, ‘No eye will see me’; And he disguises his face.” Job 24:15
O – There are a lot of things that I can tolerate, but a liar and an adulterer are two things in which I refuse to deal ever again in my lifetime. It sickens me to my very core. I know what it’s like to be constantly lied to, cheated on, and devalued as a woman and human being. It is completely incomprehensible to me, the extent in which people go to sabotage and destroy their relationship, thinking “no eye will see me.” Whether it be in the twilight or day light; whether faces are disguised or costumes adorned; the day of reckoning will come. Telling only half of a story, withholding details, and only informing your spouse of what you think she should know = liar. The age-old adage “what she doesn’t know won’t hurt her” is one of the most unintelligible, ludicrous and revolting things I’ve ever heard. Physical extramarital relations, confiding in someone of the opposite sex without your spouse’s knowledge, viewing pornography in any form whatsoever (whether it be on a website, in an email, on television, over your iPhone, or in some juvenile forward sent to you from a “friend”), affairs of the heart, emotional affairs, lustful thoughts of someone other than your spouse, inappropriate conversations (in person, on the phone, over email, chat, or any other form) ALL = adultery. Having trouble deciding on whether or not the acts you are committing would be considered adultery? Just ask your spouse if they approve. Better yet, being that God is right there with you and knows your every thought and step….ask Him. He’s the one who established the boundary lines and perimeters of marriage. Who better else to ask?
A – To continue to always be completely truthful with my husband. Never allow “half-truths” to be acceptable in our marriage and keep one another covered in prayer. I trust You, Jesus.
P – Father God, this scripture tonight really lights a fire under me and stirs me to boiling. Help me to focus that passion toward building a better relationship with my husband and keeping him covered in prayer. Prayers of protection from the wiles and temptations of this world and for his complete faithfulness to You and to me, be it in his heart, his thoughts, his eyes, his speech, his body, his hearing and his actions. I pray that You would be with those that look forward to the “twilight” and make them to see the Son instead. Shine Your light in all things dark and expose them for what they are. May Your truth be revealed in every way. In Your Son’s precious Name I pray. Amen.
January 11, 2012 Job 29 – 31
S – “When I looked for good, then evil came unto me; and when I waited for light, there came darkness.” Job 30:26
O – I know I’m not alone when I say this, so I’m just going to say it. Why is it that when I try my best to do what I’m supposed to do, be who I know God has called me to be, do my Bible studies, tithe, help the homeless and in general, be a good person, bad things come my way? I hear this a lot from many people. I’ve learned that it’s inevitable. As long as we are here in this fallen world, and especially being believers, the world will come at us full force, no holds barred. God never said it would be easy. In fact, He said just the opposite. There are so many questions that we will never be able to answer, this side of heaven, but I do know this… God is there with us going through the fire, right alongside us. Sickness, disease, neglect, abuse and death are part of life in this fallen world and one day, very soon, God will restore everything. But until that day, I have come to understand that God may allow me to go through some unpleasant things, even more so than the multitude of things I’ve already had to endure on this planet. I know that I’m not being punished and He is not wanting to bring me undue harm or pain, but rather He allows circumstances into our lives to build spiritual growth and accomplish His will in our lives. “Some things are so important to God that they are worth interrupting the happiness and health of His children in order to accomplish them.” (Charles Stanley). Who am I to know what’s best for me? That’s God position. I trust You Father.
A – To daily lay it all at His feet. Never grow weary of doing good. Look to Christ to sustain and strengthen me. Never give up and only give in to Christ. Never compromise who I am and what I stand for, regardless of the cost or the loss of people from my life. Christ gave His life so I could live. The very least I could do is live the life that He gave me, for Him.
P – Dearest Father. How great is Your love for me? The height, the depth, the width and the length are immeasurable!! I know sometimes when I’m going through the waters and feel I’m going to drown, You won’t let me. When I’m walking through the fire, You won’t let me get burned. You are in the midst of all things, right by my side, guiding me, loving me and comforting me. Help me to always know that You would never intentionally bring me pain, heartache, or harm, but that You love me so much that Your will and Your ways take precedence in my life. Help me to always turn to You and not away from You during those times of growing my faith. Remind me that this is only temporary and my loss, despair, grief and sorrow will all one day be restored beyond my human comprehension. Strengthen me and sustain me in Your loving arms. In Christ’s Name I pray. Amen.
January 12, 2012 Job 32 -34
S – “For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not.” Job 33:14
O – A man will listen and instantly believe what another man says, even when he is being lied to. Yet, to listen to God, man scoughs. It is easier for man to listen to the words of a stranger and believe them to be true, than to seek and listen to the Creator of the world and lover of man’s soul…He who establishes men and sent His Son to die for our sins.
A – To seek God and God alone for guidance and truth, and to actually listen and obey when He speaks. Listen. Perceive. Apply.
P – Father God, please help me to always seek You and Your word, to hear You and apply Your wisdom and truth in my life. My desire is to perceive you and scough at man. In Your Son’s Name I pray. Amen.
January 13, 2012 Job 35 – 37
S – “He causeth it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy. Harken unto this, O Job, stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.” Jo 37:13-14
O – For whatever the reason, they are His reasons. Things that we will never be able to comprehend this side of heaven, and most we aren’t supposed to understand…yet. All things are for His glory and His ways.
A – To remember that just because I may not agree with the events going on in my life, whether it be for my correction, my growth, my character, my future…all things are for His glory and His will for my life. Even when I cry out for “this cup to pass” from me and my life, I know that God is right by my side seeing me through and strengthening me. When I seek for something to be removed from my life, I know that He knows what’s best for me. God will not remove when He can improve.
P – Father God, help me to praise You not only in joyous times, but also through the storms. To always seek Your wisdom through the denseness, and Your Son through the darkest of clouds. Your ways are sure. May Your will be done in my life…forevermore. In Christ’ Name I pray. Amen.
January 14, 2012 Job 38 – 39
S – “Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare if thou hast understanding.” Job 38:4
O – God had everything planned out before He laid the foundations of the earth. Who are we to question His plan, His ability or His goodness?
A – I was not there at the laying of the foundations of this earth. My wisdom doesn’t even come close to His. I must remember to trust in Him and Him alone, for He created all things, knows all things, and He is faithful to His children.
P – Sweet Heavenly Father, I trust in You and You alone. In Your Son’s Name. Amen.
January 15, 2012 Job 40 – 42
S – “…also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.” Job 42:10
O – Job was faithful to God. Job endured and fought the good fight and did not give in to his “friends” and belief to what they had been telling him. He stood his ground, and knew that God reigns supreme. God sees the heart and knows when there is a need for correction that man cannot see. Job understood this and knew he had no authority to judge God and what all had transpired in Job’s life.
A – Never grow weary in doing good. Remain faithful to God and He will remain faithful to you. Christ is the only way to salvation, not our works or lack thereof. He sees our hearts and knows our thoughts. Remain in Him and He will remain in you, on to the day of Christ Jesus.
P – Our Father, Who are in Heaven. Hallowed by Thy Name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Your will my Lord, in all things….Your will be done. Amen.