One of the most intriguing aspects of the book of Job is that God steps in and takes part in the discussion. This is unique in the pages of the Old Testament, at least in this fashion. And it provides some good insight into the nature of God’s character and activity on behalf of men.
God shows up to the discussion between Job and his friends. And when he does, he gives quite a speech, so long that it covers five chapters in Job, chapters 38-42.
Right away, we can see the infinite contrast between the knowledge and power of God, and those of man. God decides to answer Job’s complaint. But he does so in an unexpected fashion: he speaks out of the whirlwind. Job 37:1-2 seems to give some foreshadowing of the storm in which God appears, as Elihu speaks to Job. Perhaps the storm was on the horizon. The whirlwind is often used as a symbol of judgment. Out of the midst of the whirlwind, God answered the challenge of Job, and shows that if man cannot explain everything in God’s natural creation, how can man, then, hope to understand everything about God’s moral creation?
Job’s cry has been heard. “Let the Almighty answer me!” he called out in Job 31:35. God now answers out of the storm. Perhaps Job didn’t expect God to hear and answer. His cry seems to be one of desperation. Perhaps he regrets it. Perhaps he didn’t think it through, and just uttered it under his breath. Matthew 12:36 states: But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment.
I am always looking for good devotional material that will challenge me to grow. It seems like much of the material on the market is pretty basic, and doesn’t go very deep. When I first discovered The Good Book Company, and their For You series of commentaries, I was excited and impressed, because this was material that was not simple and underwhelming, and also not dry and academic either. And what made it even better, is that Timothy Keller was involved, who is one of my favorite authors.
So when a new devotional Bible study came out with his name on it, I was excited to dig into it. 90 Days in John 14-17, Romans, James is an excellent study, that guides you and encourages you to dig deeper into the Scriptures as you study.
The format is simple. The day’s passage of Scripture is laid out, some material is presented to read and think about, often with some though-provoking questions to get your mind working. There are also sections that suggest topics and thoughts for your prayers, and for application to your daily life. Finally, before the next day’s entry begins, there is a space you can journal your thoughts and prayers, and any questions you might have.
John Maxwell has released a new daily devotional for leaders, called Leadership Promises For Every Day. While a lot of the daily entries are from the Maxwell Leadership Bible, among other resources Maxwell has written, calling this a devotional is a bit of a stretch. It’s more of a daily leadership thought.
That said, it’s still a pretty good resource. I have had this on my desk for several weeks now, and have utilized it almost every day, reading the thought for the day. It always gives some concise bit of leadership wisdom for me to consider, and usually summarizes a more detailed and complex thought from one of Maxwell’s books.
The drawback to this is the fact that I have read most of Maxwell’s other works, so this is just restating what I have already read, most of the time. The reminder is great, but I would prefer something new and fresh sometimes too.
The book is bound in a nice leather-like cover, and the pages are very well designed. This would be a great gift for a student of leadership, whether in ministry or in the workplace. The daily thoughts are brief and to the point, and the size is sufficient for a desk or a drawer, or even a backpack or a bag.
While not the best resource out there for daily leadership material, this is still a handy book to have, and I have enjoyed using it. I look forward to whatever new nuggets of leadership wisdom it may bring.
On this day in history: In 1911, the 40th president of the United States, and former movie star, the “Great Communicator,” Ronald Reagan was born in Tampico, a small town in northwestern Illinois. In 1926, the National Football League adopted a rule that made players ineligible for competition until their college class graduated. And in 1932, dog sled racing happened for the first time in Olympic competition.
First Wave Coffee – Coffee comes in waves. Seriously. There is first wave coffee, second wave and third wave. Over the next three weeks I’ll share an article about each wave, giving some excellent history of coffee and how we view it.
The World’s Longest Trail – I enjoy hiking. I have some goals of trails I’d like to see, and even complete. But the world’s longest trail is expected to be complete later this year. It’s called The Great Trail, and it stretches across Canada.
10 Ways To Create More Margin In Your Time – We all want that extra edge when it comes to getting things done. Up earlier, work later, multi-task, we try it all. But in doing so, we often make life more difficult. It’s really simple. These ten things are where you should start.
Fukushima – This video is composed of still images, brought to life and set to music. It’s hauntingly eerie, and yet beautiful and captivating.
Peter continues his instructions on submission in marriage,and sets some standards for beauty that are both amazing and controversial. This is true in our culture, and was likely true in his as well. You can see his standards in 1 Peter 3:3-4.
Peter is in the middle of his third area of submission, the area of marriage. Beginning with wives (he will address husbands shortly), he gives some standards about beauty, and how wives should strive for it. It’s helpful to note, that while this is applicable to all women, it is in the context of a passage specifically addressed to believing wives. Often, in our culture, when someone disagrees with this passage, they are coming from a different point of view than those to whom Peter is writing.
Peter equates beauty with modesty it seems,and does so much like Isaiah did a few centuries earlier, in Isaiah 3:16-24. Paul states something similar in 1 Timothy 2:9-10 as well. In our culture of exposure, many disagree with this. Their words are worth listening to and following, but at the same time, they should not be taken out of context either. Many mistakenly believe that Peter, along with Paul and Isaiah, are advocating the elimination of all outer adornment. But that is not the case; rather it means overly extravagant or ostentatious adornment.
Profanity is the use of strong words by weak people.
William A. Ward
On this day in history: In 1649, England’s King Charles I was beheaded. In 1798, the first brawl in the U.S. House of Representatives took place. Congressmen Matthew Lyon and Roger Griswold fought on the House floor. In 1847, the town of Yerba Buena was renamed San Francisco. And in 1933, The Lone Ranger was heard on radio for the first time. The program ran for 2,956 episodes and ended in 1955.
The Best Coffee Roasters In All 50 States – Considering the source, I would take this with a grain of salt. However, it does feature a list of some pretty good coffees to try in my V60.
Inside the Budapest Escape Room That Started the Worldwide Craze – Hungarians seem to be super good at solving puzzles, from Rubik’s Cubes to escape rooms. This is an insightful look into the mindset of a nation captivated with solving puzzles.
Why We Love To Read – This is a true statement for me. I love to read. But I have never stopped to ask why. This was a very intriguing article form that perspective.
Lost In Light – The pure night sky is something we hardly ever see, due to the amount of light pollution we generate. This is a very fun video to watch. Full screen it and enjoy.