Genesis · Job

Jan 12th Perfect time to start

If you can commit to this without an accountability person..kudos to you!  I am weak and have already made my excuses in my head ” But….I work full time, I have 3 kids, they all play sports, one is graduating this year,  it’s prom week, I am on vacation….”  I have someone in my life who will say “Trish, you want God to be with you ALL day, but you can’t give Him 15 minutes a day!”  So find someone that you love who can punch you in the face like that.   They can jump in today…read Genesis on the plan below.

So here is the schedule for them (or you if you never started this and wish you had)

January 13th: Genesis 1-3 Click for reading
January 14 th: Genesis 4-7 Click for reading
January 15th: Genesis 8-11 Click for reading

If they have spare time or need some visuals with the reading click here (and start at the bottom and scroll up)

Chapel Time

Chapel Time

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Last week we started something new: ‘Chapel time’.  In comments you quote a scripture that was new to you and God highlighted it just for YOU or something you may have read so many times but God made it fall on you new.  It may have been from this reading, church (if you went, but no judgement if you stayed in your cozy bed or don’t belong to one), a song…etc.   But truth be told,  I was 90% on the side of staying in bed and ‘Chapel time’ inspired me to go to church so I would have something to share.

Click here for last week’s Chapel time 

Job

Job-32-34 and “friends” recap

I want to now take a moment to talk about the 3 friends one last time now that we heard all their arguments (so glad that is over).  These men were “sources” of information.  Where do you get your “spiritual” “religious” or “biblical” information?   There are 3 inadequate sources some might fall prey to.  (I fall to all 3 😦 )

  • Experience
  • Intellect
  • Tradition

Experience: You determine Truth by your senses, feelings and emotions.  Eliphaz thought wisdom came from his experiences in life, and that he had God all figured out.

Intellect: Zophar! You determine truth by your ability to reason what is right or wrong, good or bad, we use intellect to figure logic.  God did give us a brain, but oh how we use it wrong sometimes.  I think “over thinking” is one of the hardest things not to do.

Tradition:  I don’t care what denomination you are, this is a dangerous authority.  “That is what we do”  You structure your beliefs by what you have inherited.    Our dependence on tradition is a way to clearly escape responsibility for knowing the Word of God. Bilbad did this.

Although all 3 sources can be good in life.  However, they need to be filtered through the Bible.


Click here for the reading.

Elihu, has been there the whole time biting his tongue because he is the “kid” in the room. He can’t take this conversation any longer and explodes.  Am I fan of Elihu? Not really.  He is a bit to brash and dogmatic for me,   I have a Facebook account, if I want people to tell me why I am wrong and what to believe I will read their posts and theology of life.  With that said, Elihu speaks truth and states God is just, and we do not have to know his motives.

Feel free not to agree with me, but the last 2 times I read Job through I didn’t like the 3 friends.  This time I am more upset with Job.  This court case issue, pleasing his case before the Lord.

 “His eyes are on the ways of mortals;
    he sees their every step.
 There is no deep shadow, no utter darkness,
    where evildoers can hide.
 God has no need to examine people further,
    that they should come before him for judgment. (34:21-23)

I probably should not have inserted my opinion on Elihu, so let tell you what I love about him.  He UNDERSTANDS WISDOM surpasses knowledge because of the source!  Wisdom comes from God.

So Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite said:

“I am young in years,
    and you are old;
that is why I was fearful,
    not daring to tell you what I know.
I thought, ‘Age should speak;
    advanced years should teach wisdom.’
But it is the spirit[ in a person,
    the breath of the Almighty, that gives them understanding.
It is not only the old  who are wise,
    not only the aged who understand what is right……

13 Do not say, ‘We have found wisdom;
    let God, not a man, refute him.’

 

In other words Trish…”You are not someone’s Holy Spirit!”  “Pray or speak truth.  Then get out of the way so you are not a speed bump for God to do his work”