January 12, 2021
Job 42:1-6
Then Job replied to the Lord:
“I know that you can do all things;
    no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’
    Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
    things too wonderful for me to know.
 “You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak;
    I will question you,
    and you shall answer me.’
My ears had heard of you
    but now my eyes have seen you.
Therefore I despise myself
    and repent in dust and ashes.”

New International Version (NIV)
             “I have a few questions for God when I get to heaven.”  Have you ever heard that?  Obviously, there are many, many things we do not understand in this world.   We would like an explanation.  But I’m not sure we will really line up and ask God questions when we get to heaven. 

              Remember Job had said, “I want answers to my questions” (Job 31:35).  After all, he had lost all of his possessions and all ten of his children.  We can understand how he had real questions for God.  Jesus, himself, on the cross asked, “My God, my God why have you forsaken me?”  So, it is not wrong to ask God the hard questions in life. 

              Job received his answers before he asked his questions.  As the Lord gave him a glimpse of his power and glory, Job’s words sound like an attorney in a court room, “No further questions, your honor.”  As Job came to know God he realized the greatness of God’s powerful purpose.  He also realized that his finite mind was unable to comprehend an infinite God.  Like us, Job had heard about God, but he had never seen him.  When he did, he humbly repented.  Anger melted into trust.

              The New Testament writers give us further help.  Our final glorious transformation will happen when we see Jesus face to face (1 John 3:1-2).  Even the most brilliant Christians only saw “a reflection in a mirror” (1 Corinthians 13:12).  Paul further explains that when we see Jesus face to face, partial knowledge will cease and we will know fully as we are fully known by God.  A bluegrass song from my youth brings comfort, “Farther along, we’ll know all about it.  Farther along, we’ll understand why.  Cheer up my brother.  Live in the sunshine.  We’ll understand it all bye and bye.”
Pray with me:         
Father, even when the pain is overwhelming, we cry out to you.  You are our only hope.  Our own understanding is limited.  Thank you for the promise that face to face with Christ we will finally know all that we need to know.  Today, all that we know about you makes us trust you for all that we do not know.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.   
Scripture memorization for this week:    
Hebrews 11:6
 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
Hebrews 11:8-10
By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.  By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.  For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
New International Version (NIV)
Our 2021 Every Day with Jesus readings will follow the Foundations Bible reading plan.  Copies of the reading plan are available at Tallowood Baptist Church, or download your copy here:
https://www.tallowood.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Read-Through-Bible-Download.pdf
We would love for you to join us as we read through the Bible in one year, while still having the flexibility of reading 5 days per week.  In addition, I will continue my long-standing practice of reading one Psalm a day through the year.  We will also memorize 2 scriptures each week.  As we journal together this year,  Robby Gallaty’s H.E.A.R. plan is a good resource: Highlight a verse that stands out to you, Explain what it means, Apply that truth to your life and Respond to what you’ve read with an action or prayer.
Joyfully, 
Duane 

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