August 13 “Our impossible calling”

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As followers of Christ, we’re to become living sacrifices. One way we do that is in our relationships with other people. We’re to love, prefer, and do good to others even when they hurt us. On our own that’s an impossible calling.

Today’s Readings:
Job 17 & 18
Psalm 95.1-5
Proverbs 23.1-3
Romans 12.1-21

We’re closing in on 2/3rd of the year gone and 2/3rd of the Bible read! Congratulations to those of you who are still going!

But even if you just joined us, the Word of God is always profitable!

On to Job …

Job 17 & 18:

Stronger and stronger

In chapter 17 Job seems sure he’s going to die soon. He grieves the fact that his friends have turned against him adding insult to injury. But through it all, Job did not turn away from God!

We’re left to wonder why God was silent, as He sometimes is in our lives, but, like Job, we must filter everything through the lens of Romans 8.28-29. While Job didn’t have the advantage of reading the book of Romans, he understood the truthfulness of those verses.

In verse 9 he makes this statement, “Yet the righteous will hold to his way, and he who has clean hands will be stronger and stronger.” Sounds a little like Romans 8.28-29:

28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

“… those who love God …” or “the righteous” will grow “… stronger and stronger …” or become more like Christ! Continue reading