This really stood out for me when I was listening to the audio this morning.
Jeremiah 9:23 (MSG)
“Don’t let the wise brag of their wisdom.
Don’t let heroes brag of their exploits.
Don’t let the rich brag of their riches.
If you brag, brag of this and this only:
That you understand and know me.
I’m God, and I act in loyal love.
I do what’s right and set things right and fair,
and delight in those who do the same things.
These are my trademarks.”
Jeremiah’s troubled life spanned one of the most troublesome periods in Hebrew history, the decades leading up to the fall of Jerusalem in 587 B.C., followed by the Babylonian exile. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong. And Jeremiah was in the middle of all of it, sticking it out, praying and preaching, suffering and striving, writing and believing. He lived through crushing storms of hostility and furies of bitter doubt. Every muscle in his body was stretched to the limit by fatigue, every thought in his mind was subjected to questioning; every feeling in his heart was put through fires of ridicule. He experienced it all agonizingly and wrote it all magnificently. (Eugene Peterson, Introduction to Jeremiah, MSG)
Day 274 Mon, Oct 27, 2014 Jeremiah 1-3 & Isaiah 17
Day 275 Tue, Oct 28, 2014 Jeremiah 4-6 & Isaiah 18
Day 276 Wed, Oct 29, 2014 Jeremiah 7-9 & Isaiah 19
Day 277 Thu, Oct 30, 2014 Jeremiah 10-12 & Isaiah 20
Day 278 Fri, Oct 31, 2014 Jeremiah 13-15 & Isaiah 21
Day 279 Sat, Nov 1, 2014 Jeremiah 16-18 & Isaiah 22
Day 280 Sun, Nov 2, 2014 Reflection
I Babbled On About Things Far Beyond Me
Job answered God:
“I’m convinced: You can do anything and everything.
Nothing and no one can upset your plans.
You asked, ‘Who is this muddying the water,
ignorantly confusing the issue, second-guessing my purposes?’
I admit it. I was the one. I babbled on about things far beyond me,
made small talk about wonders way over my head.
You told me, ‘Listen, and let me do the talking.
Let me ask the questions. You give the answers.’
I admit I once lived by rumors of you;
now I have it all firsthand—from my own eyes and ears!
I’m sorry—forgive me. I’ll never do that again, I promise!
I’ll never again live on crusts of hearsay, crumbs of rumour.”
Chapter 42:1-6 MSG
From Carey Nieuwhof today:
"The fact that God's faithfulness exceeds your faithfulness should increase your faithfulness."
GOD IS MOREi may be more. (see last week’s post.) but God is so much more.
God is more than my iPhone.
He is more than my iPad.
He is more than Steve Jobs.
He is more than a brilliant actor.
or media-obsessed celebrity.
He is more than a great song.
He is more than a great voice.
He is more than a clever thought.
He is more than a critical observation.
He is more than a legal policy.
He is more than a word.
He is the Word.
He is more than my creativity.
He is more than cleverness or wit.
He is more than me.
He is more than my wife, my sons, my family.
He is more than my closest friends.
He simply is.
He is more than the most amazing sunrise.
He is more than the gentleness of the waves or the crushing blows of a tsunami.
He is more than the breeze or the tornado.
He is more than mist or the pouring rain.
He is more than the richest, most powerful.
He is more than the poorest, most downtrodden, forgotten one.
He is more than a cancer.
He is more than the most physically fit person.
God is so much more than anything.
no matter what we chase.
what we dream about.
what we lord over others.
what we have lorded over us.
God is more.
more than our brokenness, our perceived perfection.
God is more.
more than me. more than you.
God is more.
(for a glimpse into how much more, read Job 38–41.)
And now after 37 chapters... God confronts Job:
"Have You Gotten to the Bottom of Things?"
“Can you teach the lioness to stalk her prey
and satisfy the appetite of her cubs
As they crouch in their den,
waiting hungrily in their cave?
And who sets out food for the ravens
when their young cry to God,
fluttering about because they have no food?” Ch. 38 V. 39-41
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NIV
"I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.”
John 16:33 MSG
Day 267 Mon, Oct 20, 2014 Job 28-30 & Isaiah 11
Day 268 Tue, Oct 21, 2014 Job 31-33 & Isaiah 12
Day 269 Wed, Oct 22, 2014 Job 34-36 & Isaiah 13
Day 270 Thu, Oct 23, 2014 Job 37-39 & Isaiah 14
Day 271 Fri, Oct 24, 2014 Job 40-42 & Isaiah 15
Day 272 Sat, Oct 25, 2014 Titus & Isaiah 16
Day 273 Sun, Oct 26, 2014 Reflection
Even after all he's been thru... these words from Job. Can't help but think of Handel's Messiah.
I Know That God Lives;
Still, I know that God lives—the One who gives me back my life--
and eventually he’ll take his stand on earth.
And I’ll see him—even though I get skinned alive!--
see God myself, with my very own eyes.
Oh, how I long for that day! Job 19:23-27 MSG
25 I know that my redeemer lives,
and that in the end he will stand on the earth.
26 And after my skin has been destroyed,
yet in my flesh I will see God;
27 I myself will see him
with my own eyes—I, and not another.
How my heart yearns within me!
Job 19:25-27 NIV