Lessons from Job

Covid-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 8

Journal, 3-23-2020: “My eyes are worse than ever! I was sitting at my desk feeling miserable. I took a picture of my eyes and sent it to David.

He replied, “Take Benadryl and go to bed.”

Job 5:22, “You will laugh at hunger and destruction…”

Common English Bible

I not hungry anyway.

March 23, 2020: Job 5-9.

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COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,”- Day 9

Journal, 3-24-2020: “I stayed in my pajamas. I’m taking Allegra-D twice a day and Benadryl 3 times a day. My eyelids are bright red. David took over the laundry.”

Job 13:26, “You even write bitter things about me, make me inherit my youthful indiscretions.”

Common English Bible
March 24, 2020: Job 10-14.

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COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 10

Journal, 3-25-2020: “My eyes are horrible. I can’t see very well. I asked God to show me the trigger. He said, ‘Go watch Grit TV.’ David took over the cooking.

Job 19:26, “After my skin has been torn apart this way – then from my flesh, I’ll see God.”

Common English Bible
March 25, 2020: Job 15-19.

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COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 11

Journal, 3-26-2020: “The hives around my eyes and mouth are red and burning. I switched to cold water soaks.

‘What should I do, God?’

‘Go watch Grit TV.'”

Job 22:21, “Get along well with God and be at peace; from this something good will come to you.”

Common English Bible
March 26, 2020: Job 20-24.

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COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 12

Journal, 3-27-2020: “The skin around my eyes is burning. I started using Triamcinolone on it. I can only use it for 3 days. I’ve built a tolerance to Benadryl. I didn’t nap today. Once again, I listened to Grit TV. I am having difficulty seeing.”

Job 27:5, “I won’t agree that you are right. Until my dying day, I won’t give up my integrity.”

Common English Bible
March 27, 2020: Job 25-30

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COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 13

Journal, 3-28-2020: “I washed all the bedding: comforter, sheets, allergy pillow covers, and mattress pad. And watched Grit TV between loads as instructed.”

Job 32:18-20, “For I am full of words. The spirit in my belly compels me. 19) Look, my belly is like unopened wine; like new wineskins, it will burst. 20) I will speak and get relief; I will open my lips and respond.”

Common English Bible
March 28, 2020: Job 31-33.

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COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 14

Journal, 3-29-2020: “The sermon today was ‘Hope in a Crisis.’

‘Trouble is our transportation.

I must be going somewhere! Today I had an asthma attack along with my swollen, itchy, hive-covered eyes. I used the inhaler and filled the vaporizer.”

Job 34:30, “He prevents a lawless person from ruling, from capturing people.”

Common English Bible
March 29, 2020: Job 34-37.

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COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 15

Journal, 3-30-2020: “I woke up with sinus pressure over my right eye. I used a saltwater eye rinse and then a cold compress. I boiled more water. When it cooled, I did a sinus rinse and gargled with hot water and salt. Then I used the sinus mask. I went to bed right after lunch.

Job 40:4, “Look, I’m of little worth. What can I answer you? I’ll put my hand over my mouth.”

Common English Bible
March 30, 2020: Job 38-41.

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Covid-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 16

Journal, 3-31-2020: “After devotions, I ‘returned to normal life.’ I made the bed, washed dishes, washed darks, and worked on a grocery list. I put barbeque sauce on some chicken and made parsley potatoes. I even used the “clog cannon” on the tub – three times. It has been draining slowly. That cleared it right up!”

Job 42:10, “Then the Lord changed Job’s fortune when he prayed for his friends, and the Lord doubled all Job’s earlier possessions.”

Common English Bible

“…he set aside his remorse in order to return to normal life (see Job 30:19).”

Common English Bible Notes on Job 42:6
March 31, 2020: Job 42; 1 Kings 12; 2 Chronicles 10, 11.

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Because I Was Afraid

COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 7

Journal – March 22, 2020: “We watched church online: ‘Commonsense and God sense. Commonsense is faith in yourself – fight to the death. God sense is faith in God – fight to victory.’

David ran errands and helped Derek move a bed. They switched bedrooms and are setting up a nursery. He measured some windows they want to replace.

While he was gone, I took down the St. Patrick’s Day decorations and decorated for Easter.

I saw online people putting teddy bears in their windows so children could ‘go on a bear hunt’ as they walked through the neighborhood. I found enough bears for all the windows. Some I tied with white ribbon around their waists. I tied the ends to the cup hooks that I use to hang Christmas lights. They look like they are bungee jumping!

I laughed when I saw today’s chapters. The book of Job is perfect for reading during a pandemic!

“…Job… a ‘person of absolute integrity’…who experiences great suffering. Job’s distress isn’t caused by something he did…[it] results from his experience of natural evil, from the ill effects of natural events (windstorm, lightning, and related fires, disease), and moral evil…suffering may occur because of the nature of the world that God created and because God allows the natural order to be what it was created to be.

Believers are invited to ‘revere God’ (Job 1:9) no matter what they face…reveals God’s openness to Job’s hard questions. …

The book is neither historical literature nor biography, not an autobiography. Job reminds us of literature that begins with the phrase ‘once upon a time,’ and some readers recognize it as ‘dramatic fiction.’ …The purpose is to teach by posing key questions about suffering.”

Common English Bible Introduction to the book of Job

Job 3:25, “Because I was afraid of something awful, and it arrived; what I dreaded came to me.”

Common English Bible

Proverbs 22:5, “Thorns and nets are in the path of the crooked; those who guard their lives keep their distance.”

Common English Bible

I must not live in fear. I will use commonsense and God sense. And I will keep my distance!

March 22, 2020: Psalms 73; Job 1-4.

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Updated “Habit-Forming” Bible Reading Guide

The “Habit-Forming” Guide is 21 66 days of Psalms. Based on the Amplified Bible, it starts with the shortest chapters going to the longest. (It takes 21 days to form a habit!) According to Dr. Oz, it takes 66 days to form a habit. (“Change Thinking for Better Health Habits,” in an email on April 3, 2019.)

Day

  1. Psalms 117
  2. Psalms 131
  3. Psalms 133
  4. Psalms 134
  5. Psalms 123
  6. Psalms 15
  7. Psalms 43
  8. Psalms 70
  9. Psalms 93
  10. Psalms 100
  11. Psalms 125
  12. Psalms 127
  13. Psalms 1
  14. Psalms 13
  15. Psalms 23
  16. Psalms 53
  17. Psalms 126
  18. Psalms 128
  19. Psalms 150
  20. Psalms 11
  21. Psalms 14
  22. Psalms 150
  23. Psalms 11
  24. Psalms 14
  25. Psalms 54
  26. Psalms 67
  27. Psalms 87
  28. Psalms 110
  29. Psalms 120
  30. Psalms 142
  31. Psalms 3
  32. Psalms 4
  33. Psalms 12
  34. Psalms 61
  35. Psalms 82
  36. Psalms 101
  37. Psalms 114
  38. Psalms 121
  39. Psalms 124
  40. Psalms 129
  41. Psalms 130
  42. Psalms 138
  43. Psalms 8
  44. Psalms 20
  45. Psalms 28
  46. Psalms 47
  47. Psalms 52
  48. Psalms 98
  49. Psalms 99
  50. Psalms 113
  51. Psalms 122
  52. Psalms 137
  53. Psalms 149
  54. Psalms 6
  55. Psalms 24
  56. Psalms 64
  57. Psalms 75
  58. Psalms 111
  59. Psalms 112
  60. Psalms 141
  61. Psalms 146
  62. Psalms 16
  63. Psalms 29
  64. Psalms 32
  65. Psalms 42
  66. Psalms 46

Congratulations!

You established the discipline of reading the Bible! Now print off Days 1-141 of the “Babysteps” Guide and cross off the Psalms. You already read the Psalms through Day 96. Starting on Day 5 read the short chapters in the other books.

Or switch over to the “Relevant” Guide and read the chapters assigned to today. You can start reading it any day of the year.

Be sure to keep a notebook handy. The secrets to life are hidden in these chapters! God will bless you as you read.

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For a Person to Succeed

We went shopping yesterday and returned a Christmas gift. I wore a navy sweater with a zipper to make trying on clothes easier. I wanted a black one.

During our Christmas dinner, I realized my buffet area is dark. I desired a candlestick lamp to brighten that corner without taking too much space.

Our last stop of the day was at “Stuff” a consignment shop. I went looking for smaller jeans. I left with a black, zipper sweater and a candlestick lamp. I spent $15.00.

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God owns it all. We look to Him for everything we need, want or desire. We won’t get everything we want or desire but we will get what we need.

Our job is not our source; He is. He provides the job in the first place. We no longer strive for success. He is the one who causes us to succeed.

John 3:27, “John answered, ‘It’s not possible for a person to succeed – I’m talking about eternal success – without heaven’s help.’ ” The Message

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“…you may succeed momentarily because of what you know or do, but you’ll only succeed permanently because of what you are.” The Word for You Today, 12-29-18

Proverbs 22 showed me there are things that are more important than riches.

Proverbs 22:1-4, “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. (2) Rich and poor have this in common: The Lord is the Maker of them all. (3) The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. (4) Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honor and life.” New International Version

Has God given you something you desired or wanted?

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God Blesses Those Who Bless You

Technology is not my friend. In fact, today I found one form of technology is actually an enemy.

“…my troubles are intended to deepen my character and to clothe me in gifts I had little of prior to my difficulties, for my ripest fruit grows against the roughest wall. …Trouble never comes to someone unless it brings a nugget of gold in its hand.” Streams in the Desert, October 4

I shared my frustration with David at lunch. I felt overwhelmed and ready to throw in the towel. But I found peace in my daily chapters.

Genesis 12:3, “I’ll bless those who bless you; those who curse you I’ll curse.” The Message

My study of Proverbs 16 showed me this promise.

Proverbs 16:7, “When the Lord takes pleasure in anyone’s way, he causes their enemies to make peace with them.” New International Version

I can’t fix this on my own. I am leaving it in God’s hands.

Have you ever faced something that seemed impossible to resolve? How did God move mountains for you?

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February, 2018 “Relevant” Bible Reading Guide Chapters

  • 1 – 1 Samuel 16, 17
  • 2 – 1 Samuel 18, 19; Psalms 58, 59
  • 3 – 1 Samuel 20, 21; Psalms 56, 34
  • 4 – 1 Samuel 22; Psalms 142, 52, 36, 37
  • 5 – 1 Samuel 23; Psalms 54; 1 Samuel 24; Psalms 57, 7
  • 6 – 1 Samuel 25, 26; Psalms 16
  • 7 – Psalms 17, 22; 1 Samuel 27, 28
  • 8 – 1 Samuel 29, 30; Psalms 35, 109
  • 9 – 1 Samuel 31; 1 Chronicles 10; 2 Samuel 1, 2
  • 10 – 2 Samuel 3-5; 1 Chronicles 11, 12; Psalms 133
  • 11 – 2 Samuel 6; 1 Chronicles 13-16
  • 12 – Psalms 23, 24, 26-29, 96-98, 100, 101, 103
  • 13 – Psalms 104-106, 108, 123
  • 14 – Psalms 124, 131; 2 Samuel 7; 1 Chronicles 17; Psalms 1, 86
  • 15 – 2 Samuel 8; 1 Chronicles 18; Psalms 60; 2 Samuel 9, 10; 1 Chronicles 19
  • 16 – 2 Samuel 11, 12; Psalms 51, 25, 32
  • 17 – Psalms 38-41, 69
  • 18 –Psalms 70, 71; 1 Chronicles 20; 2 Samuel 13
  • 19 – 2 Samuel 14, 15; Psalms 4-6
  • 20 – Psalms 8-13, 31, 55
  • 21 – 2 Samuel 16; Psalms 3, 63, 64; 2 Samuel 17
  • 22 – 2 Samuel 18; Psalms 61, 62, 89
  • 23 – 2 Samuel 19-21
  • 24 – 2 Samuel 22; Psalms 18-21
  • 25 – Psalms 65-68, 138-140
  • 26 – Psalms 141, 143-145; 2 Samuel 23, 24
  • 27 – 1 Chronicles 21, 22; Psalms 30, 91, 92
  • 28 – 1 Chronicles 23-26

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The Laying on of Hands in the Old Testament

Numbers 8:10, “When you bring the Levites before the Lord, the people of Israel shall lay their hands on the Levites…” ESV

Today we read where the congregation lay hands on the Levites and dedicated them to the service of God.

In the New Testament, Paul lay hands on Timothy and prayed God would give him a gift to be used in the service of God.

2 Timothy 1:6, 7, “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” ESV