TODAYS BIBLE READING:
Reading Time: 15-20 Minutes
BREAD CRUMBS COMMENTARY FOR TODAYS READING
with Pastor Jed Robyn (4 minutes)
jan 26, 2023
DAY 26 IN THE APP
THIS WEEKS MEMORY VERSE
…Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord. ~Job 1:21
A FEW THOUGHTS...
Many sorrowfully go through life puffed up with their own intelligence, or their own goodness, or their own "common sense". There is so much danger in pridefully elevating one's abililties. It leads to insecurity as one tries to convince others just how amazing they are. Worse than that it leads to condemnation as we blame ourselves. We replay events in our lives and believe we could have or should have done something better. But we are limited and the sooner we realize this, the better our lives will be and the freer we will be. Once we see how unintelligent we are compared to His intelligence we can calm down. Once we realize that it is not our goodness, but His ability to pay for our lack of goodness that we are freed from guilt. Jesus came to free us from condemnation and to offer us peace that can only be gained by trusting in Him rather than ourselves. We read in Romans 8:1, "There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit."
In Job 26, Job contrasts man's frailty to God's majesty. He begins by showing man's weakness in 26:2-4, "How have you helped him who is without power? How have you saved the arm that has no strength? How have you counseled one with no wisdom? And how have you declared sound advice to many? To whom have you uttered words? And whose spirit came from you?" After giving a short example of God's marvelous creation, including 26:7, "He hangs the earth on nothing" which revealed the truth behind gravity well before it was known or understood in scientific circles, he shows the power and majesty of God in 26:11-14, "The pillars of heaven tremble, And are astonished at His rebuke. He stirs up the sea with His power, And by His understanding He breaks up the storm. By His Spirit He adorned the heavens; His hand pierced the fleeing serpent. 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?" Job steps back and realizes with but a glimpse of God's majesty, who is man that he thinks that he comprehends anything? This leads to his next response recorded in Job 27:6, "My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let go; My heart shall not reproach me as long as I live." It wasn't based on his perfection, but he stood his ground based on God's righteousness and his trust in Him and his relationship with Him.
It is sad that many Christians feel condemned and live their lives without peace. Though God has freed us from condemnation by providing us the perfect payment for all past, present, and future offenses in the Person of His Son, Jesus Christ, many choose to continue to allow Satan to play upon their sensitive nature and have us feel guilty and condemned. With an understanding and a realization of our frailty and our imperfection we can stop placing our trust in ourselves and place them where they belong. We can move about in this world in peace and with boldness. Not because we are better than anyone else. Realizing who He is and who we are in Him is crucial to living the life that God has planned for each of us.
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
"The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, 'O God, forgive me,' or 'Help me.'” - Billy Graham