chronological day 31 :)

Please read Job 40:6-24, Job 41, and Job 42, and come on back!  Let’s visit a little bit more about Job.  Even these Old Testament histories have principles that can be applied to us today!


Interesting: the Lord was angry with the friends for not speaking accurately about Him, and then what does He have Job do for them?  God speaks to Eliphaz:

“I’ve had it with you and your two friends. I’m fed up! You haven’t been honest either with me or about me—not the way my friend Job has. So here’s what you must do. Take seven bulls and seven rams, and go to my friend Job. Sacrifice a burnt offering on your own behalf. My friend Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer” (42:7-8 MSG) 

JOB PRAYS FOR THEM, rather than continuing in a futile argument with them!

“After Job had interceded for his friends, God restored his fortune” (42:10 MSG)

Sometimes we learn from an example what TO DO, and sometimes we learn from an example what NOT TO DO. Here we have both!  

chronological day 30 :)

Please read Job 38, Job 39, and Job 40:1-5.  What stands out to you today?  Here’s what stands out to me:


I wonder if Job’s friends could also hear God speaking.  At first, the Lord’s speech doesn’t sound encouraging – I know when I ask “obvious” questions, I’m trying to prove a point (but I’m not comparing myself to God, of course!).  Maybe after all the speeches from Job’s speeches, the answers aren’t so obvious.  God begins, 

Why do you confuse the issue?
    Why do you talk without knowing what you’re talking about?
Pull yourself together, Job!
    Up on your feet! Stand tall!
I have some questions for you,
    and I want some straight answers.
Where were you when I created the earth?
    Tell me, since you know so much! (38:2-5 MSG)

I am going to read this again with a different “tone of voice”, I think – I wish we could hear God’s tone of voice!  God’s speech hit the desired mark, for sure.  Job’s response:

“I’m speechless, in awe—words fail me.
    I should never have opened my mouth!
I’ve talked too much, way too much.
    I’m ready to shut up and listen.” (40:4-5 MSG)

I’m excited to read what else God has to say tomorrow!  Even correction is done for our benefit – don’t shy away from the Lord as He is giving you an opportunity to grow!

chronological day 29 :)

Good morning!  Please read Job 35, Job 36, and Job 37 and come on back!  A couple of things stand out to me in today’s reading:


Like the other friends, Elihu seems to speak out of his own experience (or maybe since he is young, he is speaking from what he has been taught). Like the other friends, Elihu seems to be following suit, intimating that all of this is Job’s fault.  He does allow that God is wise and generous, and can’t seem to square Job’s current trauma with the kindness of God.  He has to make it Job’s fault – it probably makes them all “feel better”.  We all want an explanation when we see something bad happen. Part of the reason we want to explain it is so we can explain how it would never happen to us.  The truth is, our only guarantee is the presence of restorative power of the Lord – He is faithful no matter what our circumstances are.

Why didn’t the friends pray for him? I’m ready to see Job restored!  I’m also ready to hear the Lord speak to Job directly!

chronological day 28 :)

Please read Job 32, Job 33, and Job 34 and then let’s visit!  We are nearing the end of our time with Job!


It’s sad that his friends never reached a wise conclusion after all this talk – never found a true place of trust and compassion. They directed their conversation to Job when they should have been seeking God on Job’s behalf.  

When Elihu finally speaks, his first words seem wise:

“I’m a young man,
    and you are all old and experienced.
That’s why I kept quiet
    and held back from joining the discussion.
I kept thinking, ‘Experience will tell.
    The longer you live, the wiser you become.’
But I see I was wrong—it’s God’s Spirit in a person,
    the breath of the Almighty One, that makes wise human insight possible” (32:6-8 MSG)

Experience may be a great teacher, but it isn’t the only teacher.  We can’t always figure things out for ourselves – we need the Holy Spirit to enlighten us!

chronological day 27 :)

Good morning!  Please read Job 30 and Job 31.  I’ll share a little thought – again, I’m just hitting a few personal “highlights”, not offering a daily play-by-play.  Something different may stand out to you, and that’s great – that’s the Lord speaking to your heart in a way that is specific to you!  I’m so glad we are on this journey together, friend!


I feel like Job is searching for a reason for the trauma in his life and he is willing to take responsibility if it was due to his own choices.

“Have I walked hand in hand with falsehood,
    or hung out in the company of deceit?
Weigh me on a set of honest scales
    so God has proof of my integrity.
If I’ve strayed off the straight and narrow,
    wanted things I had no right to,
    messed around with sin,
Go ahead, then—
    give my portion to someone who deserves it” (31:5-8 MSG)

Sometimes in trauma, we ask ourselves a question: “did I bring this on myself?”, and that’s not wrong. We need to be honest with ourselves and with the Lord, and sometimes we do make choices with adverse effects.  In those cases, our circumstances are actually our consequences.  However, sometimes we experience pain and hardship simply because we live in a fallen world, through no fault of our own (that’s what Job is experiencing – life in a fallen world). In either situation, we must remain faithful to God.  He always remains faithful to us!

p.s. it doesn’t matter if you are in a trauma that was created by you or in a trauma that was created for you – God is working to restore and heal you always!

chronological day 26 :)a

Please read Job chapters 26, 27, 28, and 29 today.  Here’s what I am thinking about today – leave a comment and share your thoughts too!


Even in his pain, Job refuses to speak against God.  Can you hear the sarcasm in 26:1-4?  I have to say, I’d be fighting the urge to be sarcastic as well! However, Job is constant in his view and faithfulness to the Lord:

“Indeed these are the mere edges of His ways,
And how small a whisper we hear of Him!
But the thunder of His power who can understand?” (26:14 NKJV)

“As long as my breath is in me,
And the breath of God in my nostrils,
My lips will not speak wickedness” (27:3-4 NKJV)

Job knew: the truth is that God is sovereign, able to do anything. He refuses to speak lies against God, even in the pain of his current circumstance. Such an example to us.

chronological day 25 :)

Please read Job 22, Job 23, Job 24, Job 25.  Head on back and I’ll share what I’m thinking about this morning!


Thankfully we can trust in the Lord to encourage us, because Job certainly is not getting encouragement from the friends. Eliphaz’s attack (the third attack, we should mention) is especially unkind (Do you think it’s because He cares about your purity that He’s disciplining you, putting you on the spot? Hardly! It’s because you’re a first-class moral failure, because there’s no end to your sins” 22:4-5 MSG).  Try reading it aloud – it’s be tough to put a sweet tone of voice along with words like that.  Job is surrounded.  What is his response?

If I knew where on earth to find Him,
    I’d go straight to Him.
I’d lay my case before him face-to-face,
    give Him all my arguments firsthand.
I’d find out exactly what He’s thinking,
    discover what’s going on in His head.
Do you think He’d dismiss me or bully me?
    No, He’d take me seriously. (22:3-7 MSG)

I think Job is comparing God to Eliphaz  at this moment, and he recognizes that there is no comparison.  Would God bully him like Eliphaz did? No. One thing that stands out to me today: Job does not judge God the Father based on the behavior of His children.  We do that, don’t we?  For example, one might leave a church because a church member was unkind, project other’s behavior on to the Lord.  Job doesn’t do that – he remains faithful to the God who is faithful to him, even if His children are unkind.

That’s great lesson and example for us today.

chronological day 24 :)

Please read Job 19, Job 20 and Job 21, and head on back!  We’ve got a familiar verse today – I wonder if it is one of your favorites too!  I know I’ve been sticking with the Message translation this year (I want to read familiar verses in new language so I resist the urge to “skim” 🙂 ), but sometimes, I’ve got to go back to the NKJV.  This is the version I was raised on, and some verses are so comforting to me, imagined highlighted and circled and starred and memorized in my favorite Bible!


When I read these words within the context of Job’s speech and situation, it is so much more powerful:

“For I know that my Redeemer lives,
And He shall stand at last on the earth;
And after my skin is destroyed, this I know,
That in my flesh I shall see God,
Whom I shall see for myself,
And my eyes shall behold, and not another.
How my heart yearns within me!” (19:25-27 NKJV)

Job’s skin IS destroyed (remember 1:7-8? “Satan left God and struck Job with terrible sores. Job was ulcers and scabs from head to foot. They itched and oozed so badly that he took a piece of broken pottery to scrape himself, then went and sat on a trash heap, among the ashes”). His children and property ARE gone (remember 1:13-22?  Child after child reported dead).  His wife’s advice is that Job “curse God and die” (remember 2:9?). To all this, what is Job’s response, over and over again?

“Job arose….. and he fell to the ground and worshiped”  (1:20)

 “In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong” (1:22)

I’m just backing up a little today to remind us of the context.  It’s extraordinary that job stay faithful to the Lord.  He knows that his circumstances do not define God’s character.  Our circumstances do not define God’s character either-  let’s take our cue from Job and shout an “in spite of” or “anyway” praise to the Lord today!



chronological day 23 :)

Please read Job 15, Job 16, Job 17, and Job 18.  Come on back when you’re done reading, and let’s chat!  Here’s what I’m thinking about – I’d love to hear what you are thinking in response to today’s reading! 🙂


This isn’t spiritual, but, wow – Bildad was especially unkind today. One is either a blessing or a lesson – and Job has learned what NOT to do from his friends.  As they attack him, he considers what he would do if in their place:

  “What’s your problem that you go on and on like this?
If you were in my shoes,
    I could talk just like you.
I could put together a terrific harangue
    and really let you have it.
But I’d never do that. I’d console and comfort,
    make things better, not worse!” (16:3-5)

Sometimes it’s helpful to speak with a trusted friend, but it’s important to remember that Jesus is our trusted Friend all the time.  Job also recognizes that participating in the conversation with his friends doesn’t seem to help him.  

“When I speak up, I feel no better;
    if I say nothing, that doesn’t help either.
I feel worn down. (16:6)

Job is faithful in the good and in the difficult – that’s a lesson for us for sure.


chronological day 22 :)

Please read Job 12, Job 13 and Job 14. Are you hanging in here with Job?  It’s not everyone’s favorite book (but I do love it!).  Here’s what I am thinking this morning – 


You can just hear Job’s despair, his almost-complete lack of hope… but he still continues his dialogue with God.  Communication is key in relationship, and God is all Job has at this point. (He’s all we have, too, when you think about it – though we are blessed with much, He is the only thing we cannot do without!)

“True wisdom and real power belong to God;
    from Him we learn how to live,
    and also what to live for.
If He tears something down, it’s down for good;
    if He locks people up, they’re locked up for good.
If He holds back the rain, there’s a drought;
    if He lets it loose, there’s a flood.
Strength and success belong to God;
    both deceived and deceiver must answer to Him.” (12:13-16)

It’s so important to take our hurts to our Father, rather than allowing pain to drive us away from Him. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. ❤