Archive | September 2015

Where Is Wisdom And Understanding?

“But where can wisdom be found?
And where is the place of understanding?
“Man does not know its value,
Nor is it found in the land of the living.
“The deep says, ‘It is not in me’;
And the sea says, ‘It is not with me.’
“Pure gold cannot be given in exchange for it,
Nor can silver be weighed as its price.
“It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir,
In precious onyx, or sapphire.
“Gold or glass cannot equal it,
Nor can it be exchanged for articles of fine gold.
“Coral and crystal are not to be mentioned;
And the acquisition of wisdom is above that of pearls.
“The topaz of Ethiopia cannot equal it,
Nor can it be valued in pure gold.
“Where then does wisdom come from?
And where is the place of understanding?
“Thus it is hidden from the eyes of all living
And concealed from the birds of the sky.
“Abaddon and Death say,
‘With our ears we have heard a report of it.’

“God understands its way,
And He knows its place.
“For He looks to the ends of the earth
And sees everything under the heavens.
“When He imparted weight to the wind
And meted out the waters by measure,
When He set a limit for the rain
And a course for the thunderbolt,
Then He saw it and declared it;
He established it and also searched it out.
“And to man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom;
And to depart from evil is understanding.’” — Job 28:12-28

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Whose Spirit?

“To whom have you uttered words?
And whose spirit was expressed through you? — Job 26:4

In prayer this morning. Praying for the church. Praying that the church would see the need to put and keep Jesus as the head, to keep Him on the throne. That all decisions would be made under the influence of the Holy Spirit. . .

Then I read this verse. I could ask this question, and should, a thousand times a day, “whose spirit is expressed through me”?

Throughout your day, whose spirit is exposed through you?

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Refined As Gold

“But He knows the way I take;
When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
11 “My foot has held fast to His path;
I have kept His way and not turned aside.
12 “I have not departed from the command of His lips;
I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food. — Job 23:10-12

How about you? Can you say that?

so that the proof of your faith, being  more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; — 1 Peter 1:7

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Redeemer

“As for me, I know that my *Redeemer lives,
And at the last He will take His stand on the earth. — Job 19:25

* Vindicator, defender; literally kinsman

“Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven,
And my advocate is on high. — Job 16:19

For their Redeemer is strong;
He will plead their case against you.

— Proverbs 23:11

“Their Redeemer is strong, the Lord of hosts is His name;
He will vigorously plead their case — Jeremiah 50:34a

Are we not blessed to have Jesus as our Redeemer? Justice may not be seen right away but know that Jesus is pleading the cause of His children. Jesus will be victorious because He has already overcome.

These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” — John 16:33

You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. — 1 John 4:4

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. — 1 John 5:4

Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? — 1 John 5:5

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

 

Life

In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind? — Job 12:10

So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects. For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’ Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’ Being then the children of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man. Therefore having  overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all  people everywhere should repent,  because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.” — Acts 17:22-31

That man is Jesus Christ.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Word of God

“But it is still my consolation,
And I rejoice in unsparing pain,
That I have not denied the words of the

Holy One. — Job 6:10

How important and inbred is the Word of God in your life? Important enough that, no matter the circumstances in your life, you would live according to His Word — no denial, no deviation?

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Forgiveness And Reconciliation

When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong which we did to him!” So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father charged before he died, saying,  ‘Thus you shall say to Joseph, “Please forgive, I beg you, the transgression of your brothers and their sin, for they did you wrong.”’ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” And Joseph wept when they spoke to him. Then his brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.”  But Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in God’s place? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. — Genesis 50:15-20

What a man Joseph was. His brothers plotted against him causing him much strife in His life but in the end he brought restoration to his brothers. They were reunited — himself,  his dad and brothers — and together they continued to grow into a great nation. Joseph forgave his brothers and restored their relationship which affected future generations. Reminds me of God who, through Jesus, restores our relationship with Him which in turn affects our future generations. Are you forgiving as Joseph was? Are you affecting a change in your future generations by your relationships in current relationships? How is your relationship with God? Have you sought His forgiveness and reconciliation?

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon