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Job 21:22 ” Can anyone teach knowledge to God, since He judges even the highest?”

As we look at this verse, we’re reminded in Isaiah 40:14, “Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten Him, and who taught Him the right way?  Who was it that taught Him knowledge or showed Him the path of understanding?”  The short answer is no one!    Only God Himself is the source of all truth.  He is the origin of all reality as we know it…from Him alone is the beginning of all trustworthiness we can place our faith in.   No one has ever instructed the Lord in how to run the universe, or make good decisions.  He’s never asked for advice or counsel in a difficult situation.  For from the beginning of time God has been the God of  truth, exercising justice and rule over all.

Job 23:10-12 ” But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold. My feet have closely followed His steps; I have kept to His way without turning aside. I have not departed from the commands of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily bread.”

Bread has been a staple of the human diet for centuries…it’s simple, filling, and easy to obtain.  The Word is a lot like bread.  In John 6:32-33 it says, “Jesus said to them, ‘I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread from heaven.  For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”  Jesus is the bread of life, and grasping ahold of His Word…being self-disciple in your study of it…will enable you to cherish and hide it deep in your heart.  The Word is a lot like bread, it’s simple…just open the book.  It’s filling…satisfying your very soul.  And it’s easy to obtain…you can do it yourself.

Job 42:1 ” Then Job replied to the Lord: ‘I know that You can do all things; no plan of Yours can be thwarted.’ “

If you get nothing else from this devotional today…please grasp this concept –  nothing is too hard for the Lord.   Job’s personal relationship with God helped him understand that nothing could hinder or stop God’s plan and purpose.  Ephesians 1:11 says, “According to the plan of Him Who works everything in conformity with the purpose of His Will.”   There is nothing that can prevent God’s Will from being fulfilled, for all power and might are in His hands.  So if you’re facing impossible challenges today…take heart, nothing is too hard for the Lord.

Job 1:21 ” Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”

Job couldn’t understand what had happened to him…he had just lost all his children and his livelihood.  Yet here, he acknowledges God’s total sovereignty.   We also will go through tragic times…times when we shake our head in utter bewilderment at the senseless acts we see and hear about.  So we need to be reminded here that our Lord’s power has not diminished…His authority and supremacy has not waned in light of the increasing  evilness  in the world.  God’s rule is still absolute…His dominion still remains established and true.  We may not be able to understand…but we can echo Job’s words, “May the name of the Lord be praised.”

Job 6: 2-3 ” Then Job replied: ‘If only my anguish could be weighted and all my misery be placed on the scales! It would surely outweigh the sand of the seas – no wonder my words have been impetuous.’ “

The words of desperation, grief, and discouragement are heavy…they weigh us down to the point we can hardly breathe.  This oppressiveness is only compounded by impulsive, frantic actions as we search for answers.  It doesn’t help either if we’re sleep deprived.  Sometimes the very best thing you can pray for is peace and rest.  When our minds and bodies are frenetic,  balance and reason can go out the window.  Asking the Lord for peace, hope, and sleep can bring us back into alignment.

Job 22:2 ” Can a man be of benefit to God? Can even a wise man benefit Him?”

So many times we foolishly think we can somehow “help God”.  We look at the situation and feel we have more insight and intelligence than our Heavenly Father does over the matter…but our “help” usually just messes it up more.  Relinquishing some thing or one to God doesn’t mean you’re giving up and walking away…it simply means you’re stepping aside and allowing God to work in ways you never would be able to.  Surrendering and laying at the foot of the Cross a loved one can be the scariest thing you’ll ever do.  But until you do this and fully give that person to God – you’re just in the way and the Lord can’t work.  You may think you love that person immensely…but remember, God loves them even more.

Isaiah 12:4 ” Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done, and proclaim that His name is exalted.”

We tend to thank God when good things happen…when prayers are answered or people are healed.  But what about when things aren’t so good?  Can we still find gratitude within  pain and sorrow?  Can we be like Job, who after losing everything near and dear to him, exclaimed,” The Lord gives and the Lord takes away, may the name of the Lord be praised.”   Expressing gratitude to God within the storm moves our eyes off the chaos  around us and focuses it on above.