As Job continues his discourse, he rhetorically asks about finding wisdom. “But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?” (Job 28:12) He goes on to explain that we cannot just make it, buy it, or find it laying around, but there is a way to get wisdom. “And he said to man, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.’” (Job 28:28) The “fear” of the Lord here is better described as reverence. We will never have wisdom on the level that God has, but we can gain a level of wisdom that He provides for us. The more reverence and love we have for Him, the stronger our desire will be to study His word and apply it to our lives. The wisdom gained will be greater than any worldly wisdom that man could provide.
Today’s reading: Job 27-28
David made his share of mistakes, but he knew where salvation could be found. “But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation say continually, “Great is the LORD!” (Psalms 40:16) David’s words remind us that salvation is available to everyone, but it requires us to seek God by studying and following His word. If we consider all He has done for us, we should want to do what this verse encourages us to do; say continually, “Great is the LORD!”
Today’s reading: Psalms 39-41
God had selected someone to become king after Saul and He sent Samuel to anoint this person. All he told Samuel was that the new king was a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite. When Samuel saw Jesse’s first born son Eliab, he assumed that he was the one. “But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.” (1Samuel 16:7) David was chosen, but he was the last son that was brought before Samuel. It is easy to make assumptions about someone based on their appearance, but only God knows the full truth. “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the heart.” (Proverbs 21:2)
Today’s reading: 1 Samuel 16-20
Moses was chosen by God to lead the Israelites for many years. Moses did well in a lot of the things God asked him to do, but at times his faith was lacking. Once instance of his lack of faith was when God first told him to go to Pharaoh and lead the people out of Egypt. “But Moses said to the LORD, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” (Exodus 4:10) As one would expect, God was not pleased with Moses’ response. “Then the LORD said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.” (Exodus 4:11-12) If God spoke to you and told you to do something, how would you respond? Moses still did not respond in a positive way. “But he said, “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.” (Exodus 4:13) Again God was not pleased. Verse 14 even says “the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses”, but God made other provisions. He told Moses to take his brother Aaron to speak for him. Sometimes God wants His people to step out of their comfort zone in doing His work. Moses’ response in this situation is an example to us of how not to respond.
Today’s reading: Exodus 1-4
Jesus asked the question, “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” (Mark 8:36) That is a pretty easy question to correctly answer, right? But have we ever been guilty of letting something of this world get in the way of our service to God? We cannot hide what means the most to us. “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Luke 12:34)
Today’s reading: Mark 7-8
Paul warns the Corinthians to not get conceited and think that they are above committing sin, “Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.” (1 Corinthians 10:12) But right after the warning he explains to them where they can look for help in staying away from sin. “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13) That promise continues to be true for us today.
Today’s reading: 1 Corinthians 9-10
The Lord gave Jeremiah instructions on what to tell His people. In chapter 2 of Jeremiah we read of him reminding the Israelites of many of the blessings they had received from God and the care that He had given them. His words left no question about how He felt about their forsaking Him. “Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the LORD. For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.” (Jeremiah 2:12-13) Living waters would be referring to a spring of running water that never ceased. Here He is using “living waters” to mean His power and all that He provides to His people. A cistern was a container for storing water that obviously would only provide a limited supply of water. He is using the term cistern to stand for worldly things which we know are short lived. It could be idols, human pride, money, or anything that has been wrongly put ahead of love for God and service to Him. We can see His point here, why would anyone choose something that is soon to run out over something that will last for eternity.
Today’s reading: Jeremiah 1-6
Job suffered thru everything that the devil put on him, but he never knew why it was happening. He did not have the privilege that we do of knowing the conversations that God had with the devil about Job. In chapter 26 as he is responding to Bildad, Job lists several things that only God has the power to accomplish. After he lists those things, he makes a statement about how much more there is of God that we do not see or understand. “Behold, these are but the outskirts of his ways, and how small a whisper do we hear of him! But the thunder of his power who can understand?” (Job 26:14)
Today’s reading: Job 25-26
No matter how bad things might have gotten for David thru his life, whether self inflicted or not, he always came back to his source of strength and saving power. “The salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; he is their stronghold in the time of trouble.” (Psalms 37:39) No matter what may happen in our lives, the Lord is there for us also. We just have to bring our burdens to Him. “Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.” (Psalms 55:22)
Today’s reading: Psalms 36-38
King Saul made some decisions that were against God’s commands. One instance of this was in 1 Samuel chapter 5 when Saul was supposed to wait for Samuel to come and offer sacrifice. Samuel had not come by the time he was supposed to and Saul was afraid to wait any longer so he took matters into his own hand. Shortly after Saul offered the sacrifice Samuel arrived. “Samuel said, “What have you done?” And Saul said, “When I saw that the people were scattering from me, and that you did not come within the days appointed, and that the Philistines had mustered at Michmash, I said, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the favor of the LORD.’ So I forced myself, and offered the burnt offering.” And Samuel said to Saul, “You have done foolishly. You have not kept the command of the LORD your God, with which he commanded you. For then the LORD would have established your kingdom over Israel forever.” (1 Samuel 13:11-13) Saul assumed he could do it his own way and God would still be pleased.
Another instance of Saul’s insubordination that we can read about is in chapter 15 of 1 Samuel. Saul had been commanded to destroy all of Amalek. Saul and his people instead decided to save some of the best animals for themselves. When confronted by Samuel, Saul tried to say he had done as he was commanded. Samuel knew better. “And Samuel said, “What then is this bleating of the sheep in my ears and the lowing of the oxen that I hear?” (1Samuel 15:14) Samuel let Saul know how God felt about his actions. “And Samuel said, “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.” (1Samuel 15:22)
We cannot be like Saul and decide to do most of what God has commanded and expect Him to be pleased. We must study His word diligently and follow it completely.
Today’s reading: 1 Samuel 11-15