Archive for January, 2010

Just Ruminating

I think what bothers me most about my year so far is that I can go for days without reading the Bible and not even realize it.

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"Yet if there is an angel on his side as a mediator, one out of a thousand, to tell a man what is right for him, to be gracious to him and say, ‘Spare him from going down to the pit; I have found a ransom for him’ — then his flesh is renewed like a child’s; it is restored as in the days of his youth. He prays to God and finds favor with him, he sees God’s face and shouts for joy; he is restored by God to his righteous state. Then he comes to men and says, ‘I sinned, and perverted what was right, but I did not get what I deserved. He redeemed my soul from going down to the pit, and I will live to enjoy the light.’ (Job 33:23-28)

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Dear God,

I’m sorry for choosing to work where I work. You’ve wanted me somewhere else since September 2007 and I have ignored you. I am sorry. I think I am beginning to understand why you had me read Genesis 6:6 – The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. I am grieving. My heart is sorrowful and pained.

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Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high. My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; (Job 16:19-20)

Hebrews 2:11 — Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers.

John 15:15 — I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

Romans 8:31-39 — What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
   "For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered." No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Job and Jesus – Job 9:33-35

"If only there were someone to arbitrate between us, to lay his hand upon us both, someone to remove God’s rod from me, so that his terror would frighten me no more. Then I would speak up without fear of him, but as it now stands with me, I cannot." (Job 9:33-35) 

the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. (Romans 5:1)

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:14-16)

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Think how you have instructed many, how you have strengthened feeble hands. Your words have supported those who stumbled; you have strengthened faltering knees. But now trouble comes to you, and you are discouraged; it strikes you, and you are dismayed. (Job 4:3-5)

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Joy in Pain – Job 6:8-10

"Oh, that I might have my request, that God would grant what I hope for, that God would be willing to crush me, to let loose his hand and cut me off ! Then I would still have this consolation–my joy in unrelenting pain–that I had not denied the words of the Holy One." (Job 6:8-10)

This is the beginning of Job’s long journey into night. He is saying what the writer said of him in Job 1:22 & 2:10. Job didn’t charge God with worngdoing and he didn’t sin with his words. Instead, his joy in this horror was that he at least stayed true to God even though he didn’t understand what was happening.

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When this stuff first broke, I heard someone (a radio guy?) say that we deserve to know what is going on in Tiger’s life. I just saw a blog teaser by a sportswriter that says Tiger needs man up and face the media. I think that those who believe we deserve to know what has gone on, fall into one or more of five categories: Voyeur, parasite, sex addict, lazy and/or jealous/bitter/resentful/hateful.

I don’t know about others, but I know that it is not my right to know what went on and it is not my right to know what goes on in any celebrity or athlete’s personal life.

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But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. This is the account of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God. (Genesis 6:8-9)

A breath of fresh air in a stifling, malodorous culture. A refreshing drink in a sulfuric, pungent wasteland.


  • righteous
  • blameless among the people
  • finding favor in the eyes of the Lord
  • he walked with God.

Now THAT is an epithet! Wouldn’t it be the best year ever if, on December 31, 2010, those things could be said about me.

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God’s Pain – Genesis 6:6

The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. (Genesis 6:6).

This was part of my Bible reading for today and it just stood out. Don’t know why. Can’t really analyze this part of God but still feel sad none the less, especially "and his heart was filled with pain." What must that have been like for God and does he still feel the same today?

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