I’m about halfway through the "40 Days of Bible Reading" challenge that our Grace Church youth groups (high school & middle school) are taking. The challenge started three weeks ago, at the end of their "D3 Conference" (i.e. 3 nights of student discipleship).
Spending some time with God is a daily non-negotiable event in my life. With it, I am centered and seeking God. Without it, I am
a blockhead stressed out and stressing everyone else out around me. I shared my current daily plan back in June.
I thought I’d share what I wrote in my journal today. I read Job 9-19. Here it is, heart & warts & all:
9:2 — How can we be righteous before God? It’s wild the Bible is so true about every man being a sinner.
- 9:12 — No one can stop God at all. Or even question him.
- 11:1-3 — It’s tough to determine when you say something to someone who is suffering (for their own mistakes, perhaps) and when you keep silent. Lord do you want me to speak to _____?
- 12:1-2 — The first record of "You da’ man!" (sarcastically)
- 12:7-9 — God designed nature to teach us truth.
- 13:5 — Silence can be wisdom. Sometimes the best counselor keeps his mouth shut.
- 13:26 — Job’s wondering if his trials are, in some way, the consequences of his bad decisions from years & years ago.
- 14:5 — God already knows (foreknowledge) how long I have on earth.
- 14:10,14 — The questions that led me to seek God in response to His drawing.
- 16 — I’m thankful that Job is such a rich (foreshadowing) picture of Christ when He was suffering through His passion for us!
- 19:6-7 — Job’s finally having a hard time blaming God. He was doing so well before (1:20-22) but it’s taking it’s toll.
- 19:13-22 — Easy to do when you feel totally abandoned in a crisis.
- 19:23-24 — They were!
- 19:25-27 — This blows people’s ignorant assertions out of the water, that people in the Old Testament (Hebrew Scriptures) didn’t believe in or even think about the resurrection!