Your Life Isn’t In Your Hands (Genesis 30-31)

'If the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had not been with me, you would surely have sent me away empty-handed.  But God has seen my hardship and the toil of my hands, and last night he rebuked you.' (Genesis 31:42) One of the greatest lessons of Genesis is the continued understanding that, though we may think otherwise, our lives truly are not ... [Continue Reading]

God’s Point of View (Job 38-39)

"Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?  Tell me, if you understand.   Who marked off its dimensions?  Surely you know!  Who stretched a measuring line across it?  On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone—while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?" (Job 38:4-7) Perspective is awfully important in life, isn't it? ... [Continue Reading]

Where is Justice? (Job 21-23)

Why do the wicked live on, growing old and increasing in power? (Job 21:7) Job's friends argued with him that the suffering he was dealing with was as a result of his sin.  If he simply removed the sin, his life would suddenly be all roses.  Job wasn't too pleased with their perspective because he understood a deeper truth: good behavior doesn't always lead to the ... [Continue Reading]

Holding Onto Hope (Job 17-20)

I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth.  And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another.  How my heart yearns within me! (Job 19:25-27) Within the confines of this Old Testament book of wisdom literature is a statement that is incredibly profound.  Job ... [Continue Reading]

I Will Not Be Shaken (Job 1-5)

At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: “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 1:20-21) One of the marks of a person of great faith is that he or she trusts the Lord regardless of the present ... [Continue Reading]

Pleasing God (Genesis 4-7)

Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away. (Genesis 5:24) Trust is the key to any relationship, and Enoch was a man of trust.  Rather than doubting God or living life his own way, he trusted God and lived in a way that was pleasing to Him.  How do we know this?  We know because Enoch never experienced death.  Rather than losing life ... [Continue Reading]