Job 38:1, 12-21; 40:3-5
Job recognizes that there are powers of nature and others as well that are at work in the world and his life that are beyond his control. He cannot tell the sun to alter its time of rising and setting! We have to learn to work with these powers and not against them in the sense that we will exhaust ourselves in a futile attempt to change the things we cannot change. We should use our strength to address the issues in our lives that are within our power to change, and pray for the wisdom to know the difference between the two!
1 Then the LORD addressed Job out of the storm and said: 12 Have you ever in your lifetime commanded the morning and shown the dawn its place 13 for taking hold of the ends of the earth, till the wicked are shaken from its surface? 14 The earth is changed as is clay by the seal, and dyed as though it were a garment; 15 but from the wicked the light is withheld, and the arm of pride is shattered. 16 Have you entered into the sources of the sea, or walked about in the depths of the abyss? 17 Have the gates of death been shown to you, or have you seen the gates of darkness? 18 Have you comprehended the breadth of the earth? Tell me, if you know all 19 which is the way to the dwelling place of light, and where is the abode of darkness, 20 that you may take them to their boundaries and set them on their homeward paths? 21 You know, because you were born before them, and the number of your years is great! 40: 3 Then Job answered the LORD and said: 4 Behold, I am of little account; what can I answer you? I put my hand over my mouth. 5 Though I have spoken once, I will not do so again; though twice, I will do so no more.
P S A L M
Psalm 139:1-3, 7-8, 9-10, 13-14
R: Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.
1 O LORD, you have probed me and you know me; 2 you know when I sit and when I stand; you understand my thoughts from afar. 3 My journeys and my rest you scrutinize, with all my ways you are familiar. (R) 7 Where can I go from your spirit? from your presence where can I flee? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I sink to the nether world, you are present there. (R) 9 If I take the wings of the dawn, if I settle at the farthest limits of the sea, 10 even there your hand shall guide me, and your right hand hold me fast. (R) 13 Truly you have formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother?s womb. 14 I give you thanks that I am fearfully, wonderfully made; wonderful are your works. (R)
G O S P E L
Given that God has offered us the gift of salvation, we hold our own destiny in our hands. Repentance is the key to accepting the gift of salvation as through it we allow the grace of God to expel all that is evil from our lives. At the same time, the Holy Spirit will empower all that is good within us to fill the void vacated by evil. What a generous and loving God we have. Could we have asked for any more than this? Perhaps we could, but I think any more would begin to compromise our freedom of choice. And we can know for sure that God is never going to do that!
13 ?Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would long ago have repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you. 15 And as for you, Capernaum, ?Will you be exalted to heaven? You will go down to the netherworld.?? 16 Whoever listens to you listens to me. Whoever rejects you rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.?
think: We should use our strength to address the issues in our lives that are within our power to changes, and pray for the wisdom to know the difference between the two!
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