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2021 Day 17 – Genesis 16-18

2021 Day 17 – Genesis 16-18

God promised Abraham that his descendants would be great. (Genesis 12:2, 17:4)  Abraham was getting older and wondering if this promise was really going to happen.  When God again made this promise to Abraham (17:16), he laughed and questioned to himself how this could happen to a man who was a hundred years old and a woman who was ninety. (17:17)  Sarah also laughed when she heard this promise. (18:12)  God works in ways we sometimes do not understand, but…

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2021 Day 16 – Genesis 12-15

2021 Day 16 – Genesis 12-15

We think of Abraham as a man of great faith.  When he was still known as Abram, God had already promised him great things:  “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:  And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” (Gen 12:2-3)  Then just a few…

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2021 Day 15 – Job 40-42

2021 Day 15 – Job 40-42

After God had challenged Job with some tough questions, we see the response.  “Then Job answered the Lord and said: ‘I know that You can do everything, And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You.  You asked, ‘Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.’” (Job 42:1-3)  It took some hard questions straight from God’s own voice, but Job was…

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2021 Day 14 – Job 38-39

2021 Day 14 – Job 38-39

Elihu continues his speech to Job with descriptions of God’s majesty.  As he is listing these powers, he rhetorically asks Job if he is God’s partner in His work.  In the following chapter (38) we read the continued questioning of Job, but this time the questions come from God.  Verse 1 tells us that God is talking to Job from a whirlwind and He tells Job to be prepared.  “Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you…

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2021 Day 13 – Job 35-37

2021 Day 13 – Job 35-37

Elihu rebukes Job and gives his opinion about how Job has reacted to all of his suffering.  He felt that Job’s opinion of himself was that he was more righteous than God.  “Thinkest thou this to be right, that thou saidst, My righteousness is more than God’s?” (Job 35:2)  We do not read anywhere that Job had made a statement like this, but Elihu seemed to think that was how he acted.  Elihu does make some good points about God’s awesome…

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2021 Day 12 – Job 32-34

2021 Day 12 – Job 32-34

Elihu gave his opinion to Job of the trials and suffering that Job had endured.  One good point that he made was about opportunities God provides us to repent and get our lives right with Him.  His point is still fitting in our lives today.  “Behold, God does all these things, twice, three times, with a man, to bring back his soul from the pit, that he may be lighted with the light of life.” (Job 33:30)  We know that God does…

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2021 Day 11 – Job 29-31

2021 Day 11 – Job 29-31

In chapter 29 Job reminisces about how great his life had been in the past.  He talks about how much good he had done with what he had been given.  Then in chapter 30 he laments how terrible his life had become.  Job’s life is just one instance of how fortunes can change quickly and turn the best to the worst.  It is also an example of the limitation of human power.  We need our Heavenly Father’s power everyday of our lives.  We…

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2021 Day 10 – Job 24-28

2021 Day 10 – Job 24-28

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…

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2021 Day 9 – Job 21-23

2021 Day 9 – Job 21-23

In chapter 21 we read of another response from Job.  His message is that you cannot look at outward appearances and tell if a person is living right or not.  “Why do the wicked live, reach old age, and grow mighty in power?” (Job 21:7)  Like Job we may have to endure sufferings on this earth even when we are following God’s word, but our time here is short compared to eternity.  Paul gave us some good advise when he told…

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2021 Day 8 – Job 17-20

2021 Day 8 – Job 17-20

Have you ever heard it said of someone that they had “the patience of Job”?  We even read of this mentioned in the New Testament (James 5:11).  In all of the trials and suffering that Job endured, he kept his trust in God.  We are commanded to have patience daily no matter what happens in our life.  In the verses preceding the mention of Job in James chapter 5 we are told to be patient until the coming of the…

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