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S.O.A.P. September 15, 2017

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September 15, 2017

Read: Job 42:1-17

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ScriptureJob 42:2-5 “I know that you can do anything and no one can stop you. You asked, ‘Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorance? It is I—and I was talking about things I knew nothing about, things far too wonderful for me. You said, ‘Listen and I will speak! I have some questions for you and you must answer them. I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes.”

Observations- Job´s story obviously had a happy ending. The just man, who suffered so much without a reasonable cause, finally had healing and retribution. All that had been taken away from him was not only returned but multiplied. His philosophic debates finally came to a conclusion, his friends apologized with him and his faith was more enriched than his wallet.

Application- It´s ok to ask all kinds of questions as we all go through bumpy roads in our journey. It´s even ok to direct those questions to God. One of the most interesting discoveries we make as we go through our trial and tribulations, is that God wants to have a personal and authentic relationship with us so, He will use every good or bad moment to draw us closer to Him. Our problem is that we tend to respond better to the bad ones. On the other side of the story, the attitude of Job´s friends proves that when tragedy hits, people will express their compassion and sympathy in many different ways. Some will come as judges, reminding us about the causes and consequences of our behavior. Some will act like paparazzi, willing to capture the moment just to set the snowball in motion. And others will simply pat our shoulders and move on with their priorities. But as this story comes to an end, it really blows our minds to find out that… 1. Tragedies can strengthen our faith if we decide to stick to God´s unfailing promises. 2. Forgiveness is the fruit of an authentic understanding of God. And 3. The aftermath of it all is healing and retribution. It is then that… “we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” (Romans 8:28)

Prayer- “Open the eyes of my heart Lord, open the eyes of my heart, I want to see you, I want to see you. To see you high and lifted up, shining in the light of your glory. Lord, pour out your power and love, as we sing Holy, Holy, Holy. Holy, Holy, Holy, I want to see you.” (Paul Baloche) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZX7mPbF6J0

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S.O.A.P. September 14, 2017

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God Speaks to Job in the Whirlwind

 

September 14, 2017

Read: Job 38

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Scripture- Job 38:36-38- Who gives intuition to the heart and instinct to the mind? Who is wise enough to count all the clouds? Who can tilt the water jars of heaven when the parched ground is dry and the soil has hardened into clods?

Observations- Job has laid out a series of questions before God in the midst of his unbearable suffering. He cries out to understand the nature of this God he has loved and served so long and so well, and now God responds to him, not with answers, but with a series of questions for reflection. These questions serve to remind Job that God is God, and he is a human being. This God, the Creator of the universe, is also Job's Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer, Who reaches back to him and responds with a personal connection. Job doesn't get the answers he wants, but God engages him. 

Application- In the midst of our suffering and pain we may well not get the "answers" we are seeking. It's natural for us human being to wonder "Why?" almost anything happens. This impulse is a part of how we are made in God's image, but it doesn't mean we will always get the answers we want on our time schedule. What we do get is the promise of a relationship with the living God, not to snatch us out of the storms of life, but to see us through those storms. God is with us and that makes all the difference.  

Prayer- Thank You for Your abiding presence when the storms of my life lead me to wonder where You are and what you are up to, O Lord. Your Word is inexhaustible, and it's impossible for me to fully know You and understand Your ways in a single lifetime. Draw me closer to You through every storm as I seek to keep my eyes on Jesus, my strength, my rock, and my redeemer. Amen.

"So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever." (2 Corinthians 4:18),

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