SEPTEMBER 10 READING…JOB 36-37 & PSALM 29 & ROMANS 5
Elihu continues to speak into Job’s life…and though he doesn’t have perfect insight on Job’s particular situation, he continues to speak from a heart of concern. He is unlike the other three friends of Job, who seemed to merely prove their infallible understanding of the mind of God. Too often people assume they completely know the mind and will of God, then speak as if God had directed them…even when what they say has nothing to do with God. Elihu in his closing counsel to Job does exactly what is needed when we offer counsel to others…he points Job to the Lord, and encouraged him to keep himself right before God. The Psalmist tells us that we are to give to the Lord that which is due. He is worthy of all we have and so much more…we can only give him what we have. I am sure you have heard someone say, “we need to give 110%” …that is not possible, we cannot possibly give more than there is. But, we do need to give all that we are, and all that we have to the Lord…for it all belongs to Him. In Romans 5, Paul reminds us that sin entered the human condition through the sin of Adam, therefore we are born into sin. Those who reject that sin is part of our condition even before natural birth seem to see sin only as an act, so no one is guilty of sin until they act it out. The Bible teaches that sin is not only an act against the will of God, it is also our condition before a holy God. But, the good news is that though sin enter all of us through Adam, in Jesus we have a sacrifice and payment for sin that is greater than our sin condition, and our acts of sin. That is why we can have the assurance of the forgiveness of sin and the promise of eternal life through Jesus.
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TOMORROW’S READING…JOB 38 & PSALM 104 & ROMANS 6