Fri August 17, 2018

Daily Devotion

Daily Devotion - Aug17

 


Bible Portion

Job 27

1 Moreover Job continued his discourse, and said:

2  " As God lives, who has taken away my justice, And the Almighty, who has made my soul bitter,

3  As long as my breath is in me, And the breath of God in my nostrils,

4  My lips will not speak wickedness, Nor my tongue utter deceit.

5  Far be it from me That I should say you are right; Till I die I will not put away my integrity from me.

6  My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go; My heart shall not reproach me as long as I live.

7  " May my enemy be like the wicked, And he who rises up against me like the unrighteous.

8  For what is the hope of the hypocrite, Though he may gain much, If God takes away his life?

9  Will God hear his cry When trouble comes upon him?

10  Will he delight himself in the Almighty? Will he always call on God?

11  " I will teach you about the hand of God; What is with the Almighty I will not conceal.

12  Surely all of you have seen it; Why then do you behave with complete nonsense?

13  " This is the portion of a wicked man with God, And the heritage of oppressors, received from the Almighty:

14  If his children are multiplied, it is for the sword; And his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.

15  Those who survive him shall be buried in death, And their widows shall not weep,

16  Though he heaps up silver like dust, And piles up clothing like clay ---

17  He may pile it up, but the just will wear it, And the innocent will divide the silver.

18  He builds his house like a moth, Like a booth which a watchman makes.

19  The rich man will lie down, But not be gathered up; He opens his eyes, And he is no more.

20  Terrors overtake him like a flood; A tempest steals him away in the night.

21  The east wind carries him away, and he is gone; It sweeps him out of his place.

22  It hurls against him and does not spare; He flees desperately from its power.

23  Men shall clap their hands at him, And shall hiss him out of his place.

Job 28

1 "Surely there is a mine for silver, And a place where gold is refined.

2  Iron is taken from the earth, And copper is smelted from ore.

3  Man puts an end to darkness, And searches every recess For ore in the darkness and the shadow of death.

4  He breaks open a shaft away from people; In places forgotten by feet They hang far away from men; They swing to and fro.

5  As for the earth, from it comes bread, But underneath it is turned up as by fire;

6  Its stones are the source of sapphires, And it contains gold dust.

7  That path no bird knows, Nor has the falcon's eye seen it.

8  The proud lions have not trodden it, Nor has the fierce lion passed over it.

9  He puts his hand on the flint; He overturns the mountains at the roots.

10  He cuts out channels in the rocks, And his eye sees every precious thing.

11  He dams up the streams from trickling; What is hidden he brings forth to light.

12  " But where can wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?

13  Man does not know its value, Nor is it found in the land of the living.

14  The deep says, 'It is not in me'; And the sea says, 'It is not with me.'

15  It cannot be purchased for gold, Nor can silver be weighed for its price.

16  It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir, In precious onyx or sapphire.

17  Neither gold nor crystal can equal it, Nor can it be exchanged for jewelry of fine gold.

18  No mention shall be made of coral or quartz, For the price of wisdom is above rubies.

19  The topaz of Ethiopia cannot equal it, Nor can it be valued in pure gold.

20  " From where then does wisdom come? And where is the place of understanding?

21  It is hidden from the eyes of all living, And concealed from the birds of the air.

22  Destruction and Death say, ' We have heard a report about it with our ears.'

23  God understands its way, And He knows its place.

24  For He looks to the ends of the earth, And sees under the whole heavens,

25  To establish a weight for the wind, And apportion the waters by measure.

26  When He made a law for the rain, And a path for the thunderbolt,

27  Then He saw wisdom and declared it; He prepared it, indeed, He searched it out.

28  And to man He said, ' Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, And to depart from evil is understanding.' "

II Peter 3

1 Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder),

2 that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior,

3 knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts,

4 and saying, "Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation."

5 For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water,

6 by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water.

7 But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

8 But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.

11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,

12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?

13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless;

15 and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation --- as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you,

16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.

17 You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked;

18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

Meditation

“Come, and let us return to the Lord.”     (Hos.6:1)

Beloved in the Lord! It is good that we look into our spiritual life. How did the Lord save us? Let us bewail about our constrained state with the wavering thoughts of the views about the Lord in our hearts, of the hatred towards the evil habits and of the longing to do good works. St.Paul reveals this in Rom.7:15-24. The mind of the upright Saul would have been wavering like this only, when he had agreed to kill Stephen and after killing him. During that time, the Lord met him on the way to Damascus and saved him. Likewise, the Lord makes in us a certain state of mind and He comes seeking us and saves us. Jesus said, “The Son of man has come to seek that which is lost.”

But we see many backsliding even after coming into the experience of salvation, after tasting Him and after beholding His glory. There may be many reasons for backsliding. We are not able to follow Christ and deny Him because of the things that belong to the world, continuous poverty and many disappointments. But, let us keep one thing in mind. To lift you up from the backslidden state, He will not come seeking you. The Spirit of the Lord and His word will keep on warning you. We need to fear that warning and return to Him. (Jer.3:22, Hos.14:4, Amos.9:12) Return, you backsliding children and I will heal your backslidings. Yes, beloved! Backsliding is a cruel experience. You might have the illusion of the Lord being with you. But, the Lord has moved from you. It will be like a suffocation in our life. Return to the Lord and He will accept you.

Prayer: O Lord! Restore to me the joy of your salvation and uphold me by your generous Spirit. Amen!