The Mirror of God…

Read: Job 10-13
Marked: Job 13:23, How many [are] my iniquities and sins? Make me know my transgression and my sin.

No matter how good I may feel or believe I am, if I would openly and honestly ask God to reveal my iniquities, transgressions, and sins, I think I would not be surprised to find that I’m really not as good as I think I am.

This may be a reason why people don’t read the Bible much because they don’t like what they see of themselves in its pages. The Bible is like a mirror revealing the true state of our nature and we don’t always like what we see.

But we can’t escape the truth. Sin will be dealt with now or at a later time when the judgment of God comes upon us all.

Treat the Afflicted with Kindness…

Read: Job 6-9
Marked: Job 6:14, “To him who is afflicted, kindness [should be shown] by his friend, Even though he forsakes the fear of the Almighty.”

How do I treat the afflicted? It’s not even those who are sick I’m body. What about those who are sick mentally or spiritually?

Peter says I am to be ready to give an reason for the Hope I have and to do so with meekness and fear, or gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15).

I have no cause to be belligerent with anyone if I want to reach them with the gospel, especially those who do not know the Lord.

I shouldn’t be shocked by the sin that sinners commit. They do not know what they are doing. Only the light of the gospel will help lead them out of the darkness of sin.

What Does Your Ear Receive?…

Read: Job 1-5
Marked: Job 4:12-15, “Now a word was secretly brought to me, And my ear received a whisper of it. In disquieting thoughts from the visions of the night, When deep sleep falls on men, Fear came upon me, and trembling, Which made all my bones shake. 15 Then a spirit passed before my face; The hair on my body stood up.”

Eliphaz has come with his companions to bring comfort to Job. But the word he brings Job is a word of condemnation. Where did he get this word? He tells us in these verses.

It was a secret word. It was a whispered word. It was a disquieting word. It brought fear and trembling and made his bones shake. A spirit brought the word and the hair on his body stood up. Was this a word from God?

God does not speak in secret. His word is here for all to see. It is not whispered, but shouts loudly to all who will listen. It is not a disquieting word, but an uplifting word. While God’s word, at times, bring fear and trembling, His word is a word of truth and righteousness, not a word of condemnation.

The word the Holy Spirit brings is a word of comfort and love and grace and mercy. What a difference between the word of darkness and the word of light. God gives us a spirit of discernment to tell the difference.

Why Give Thanks to God?…

Read: Genesis 8-11
Marked: Genesis 8:20, Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.

One of the first acts Noah does, after coming out of the ark, is worship God with a burnt offering.

Noah and his family had just come through the worst even in human history. Yet, his thoughts are on serving God and giving thanks.

How often I forget to thank God for graciously protecting me and watching over me and my family during a difficult time.

It is easy to forget to be mindful of the goodness of God, and the trials and difficulties He has saved me from all my life.

Ruling Over Sin…

Read: Genesis 4:7
Marked: Genesis 4:7, “If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire [is] for you, but you should rule over it.”

It was the sin of Adam and Eve which lead to their expulsion from Eden, the garden which God had prepared for them.

Now Cain allowed anger, jealousy, and pride to cause him to kill his own brother because his brother’s offering was accepted while his was not.

The destructive nature of sin has its root in how we feel about ourselves. If what we do is about us we open ourselves to pride. But these emotions, anger, jealousy, and pride can be overcome.

Allowing God to influence us by His Spirit and through His Word is the first step in learning to rule over sin. If God is not our Master, then we will be slaves to sin.

The God Who Provides…

Read: Genesis 1-3
Marked: Genesis 1:11, Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb [that] yields seed, [and] the fruit tree [that] yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed [is] in itself, on the earth”; and it was so.

One of the names of God is provider. He really is and I see that in this verse. Before God created any creatures, or man, He ensured the earth could sustain us.

God always provides for those who seek Him. Even for those who don’t. I need never worry that He will overlook something I truly need.

If God cares for the plants and the animals, how much more will He care for you? He is God our provider.

Dear Bible Blog Readers,

A milestone was reached yesterday. The 365th entry was published. This means we have completed going through the whole Bible together.

I will now begin going through the Bible again beginning in Genesis. But this time around I will be following a chronological reading plan. This plan does not read straight through the Bible from Genesis to revelation, but follows a historical path placing the events in the time they actually occurred.

The Righteous Judge…

Read: Revelation 19-22
Marked: Revelation 19:11, Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him [was] called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.

When Jesus came as a man, born in obscurity, dying horribly and publicly, rising from the dead, revealed only to His followers, He came as a reconciler to bring men back to God, not to condemn the world, but to save it.

In this verse in Revelation the end of all things has come. Christ is now revealed as Judge of the world, ready to make war. This is a different picture from the Jesus we normally see, but it is the same Jesus.

He said this time would come. All who believe in Him will be separated from all who reject Him. Those who reject Him will be judged and cast into the lake of fire. While those who receive Him will remain with Him for all eternity.

Who Do You Worship?

Read: Revelation 12-18
Marked: Revelation 13:8, All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

We all worship someone or something. We hold on to things and elevate them. For some, it may be themselves. For others, a sports figure or Hollywood icon. But the One who should be worshipped often receives no place in our hearts.

A time will come when a choice must be made. Worship the Lord, or worship another. If we do not worship God our Creator, then our names will not be written down in the Book of Life which means we belong to another.

The end of all things will make plain where we stand. Either we stand with the King of kings, or we stand with the Beast of beasts. Who, or what, we worship is important.

Nowhere to Hide…

Read: Revelation 6-11
Marked: Revelation 6:15-16, And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!”

When the wrath of the Lamb comes upon a world that has forsaken God and Jesus as Saviour they will know these events are from God as the Bible has long predicted and proclaimed.

What is remarkable is that people try to hide themselves from God in caves and in the rocks of the mountains. They know it is God doing these things, yet instead of repenting and turning to Him in their sin, they try to hide from God. How do you hide from God?

Now is the accepted time of salvation. When the wrath of the Lamb comes it will be too late.