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Bible Pathways 06/21/04

June 21, 2004

Read Job 25 - 29

In Today's Reading:

Bildad's answer; Job's reproof of Bildad; Job's praise to God; Job's truthfulness; source of wisdom; recalling past wealth

The Book of Job is the inspired Word of God. Job was not searching for answers when he said: Where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding? Man knows not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living. . . . neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof. . . . Where then comes wisdom? . . . Seeing it is hidden from the eyes of all living (Job 28:12-13,15,20-21).

Job was expressing his utmost confidence that God is the Author and Revealer of true wisdom. There is no substitute for reading all of His Word to understand His perfect plan for our lives. This means that it is important to read through every book of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, with a sincere desire to apply its instruction to our own lives. We can be sure that Satan will attempt to distract us from the true source of wisdom and cause us to make decisions based on circumstances or contemporary standards.

The worldly-minded find fault with God, just as the Israelites did as they journeyed through the wilderness. They complained about their circumstances instead of acknowledging that God was in control. We too can make unwise decisions when we allow ourselves to become frustrated. To illustrate, we may say to someone: "You make me angry." But the fact is, we choose to be angry Or we may say: "I am depressed today." However, the sad truth is that we have refused to see God in the circumstances He has allowed to take place in our lives. We can be sure that our Lord is far more concerned with our best interests than we are. Let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to Him in well doing, as to a faithful Creator (I Peter 4:19). We always have the choice to move above and beyond anger and disappointments by permitting the indwelling Christ to rule our lives. This is the key to experiencing the peace of God, which passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7). The entrance of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple (Psalm 119:130).

Christ Revealed:

Through Job's compassion for others (Job 29:15-17,21-25). Jesus was moved with compassion when He saw great crowds in need of healing and feeding (Matthew 14:14; 15:30-39).

Word Studies:

27:22 fain flee = desires to flee; 28:1 a vein = a mine; fine = refine; 29:14 diadem = turban or headdress.

Pray For:

The International Shortwave Radio Broadcast in honor of Linda Kennon · Staff: Bernice Rathbone · Government Officials: Gov. Jim Douglas (VT), Rep. Dan Burton (IN), and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (CA) · Country: France (59 million) in western Europe · Major language: French · Religious freedom · 74% Roman Catholic; 5% Muslim; 2% Protestant; 1% Jewish

Prayer Suggestion: Pray that you would be sanctified through the truth of the Word of God (John 17:17).

Optional Reading: Ephesians 4

Memory Verse for the Week: Romans 1:18

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