TODAYS BIBLE READING:
Reading Time: 15-20 Minutes
BREAD CRUMBS COMMENTARY FOR TODAYS READING
with Krista Smith (5 minutes)
jan 22, 2023
DAY 22 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...
We truly are living in very odd times. We hear: "Is it safe to touch that package?" "Is that mask effective enough?" "Is it safe for me to go to a store, go into a restaurant, go on an airplane?" "Can I send my children to school?" All of these questions which many have asked speak of life and death being a matter of chance or fate. On a larger scale, people on both sides of the political aisle state if their candidate does not become president our nation will be ruined. The leader of the BLM said in an interview, "if this country doesn't give us what we want, then we will burn down this system and replace it." Both on a personal scale and a national one it seems like the one Person eliminated from the conversation is God. God has been and is now completely in charge. He allows things. He can change things. People live in fear because they either fail to believe this truth or forget it. Our lives and our very breath are in His hands. Many who got the coronavirus stated that they barely left their house. We live in godless times. It is certainly reasonable if God believes enough is enough, but He also may choose to be gracious and merciful despite what we deserve and allow us to have another chance at following Him. Peace will only come from a relationship and a dependence on He who truly is in control of all things.
Job understands these things and explains to his friends that though he doesn't understand what has transpired to him, his life is completely in the hands of his Sovereign God, as we read in Job 12:7-10, "But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you; And the birds of the air, and they will tell you; Or speak to the earth, and it will teach you. Who among all these does not know That the hand of the Lord has done this, In whose hand is the life of every living thing, And the breath of all mankind?" Job knows it is not fate or chance, but according to the will of the Father. But moving on from the personal, he also goes on to the level of nations as we read in Job 12:23-25, "He makes nations great, and destroys them; He enlarges nations and guides them. He takes away the understanding of the chiefs of the people of the earth, And makes them wander in a pathless wilderness. They grope in the dark without light, And He makes them stagger like a drunken man." Job knew it was God that raises nations and allows them to be destroyed. In explaining the dream to the king of Babylon, Daniel makes a similar statement in Daniel 2:20-21, "...Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, For wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding."
The believers living in Damascus were in fear as they received word that Saul who had done much harm to the saints in Jerusalem was about to descend upon them. But God had another plan. Saul was approached on the way by Jesus, as we see in Acts 9:3-4, "As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?"" He was changed from an instrument of destruction to as we read in 9:15, "But the Lord said to him, "Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel." So as we look at the world that seems to be spinning out of control, may we be reminded that is not at all the case. Things may be different from what we have been used to, but things are far from out of control. God is in charge, and He will determine the course of events. We deserve nothing and our nation is certainly godless and deserving of judgment. Now is the time for people to turn their hearts and minds to Jesus. This is where our hope comes from.
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