Daily D – Job 14:14-17
Job 14:14-17 “Can the dead live again? If so, this would give me hope through all my years of struggle, and I would eagerly await the release of death. You would call and I would answer, and you would yearn for me, your handiwork. For then you would guard my steps, instead of watching for my sins. My sins would be sealed in a pouch, and you would cover my guilt.” (NLT)
Do you know God’s heart well enough to anticipate his next move? Way back close to the beginning of human history, a man named Job understood God’s justice and grace at a deeper level than had been spoken or recorded. He knew he needed what Jesus would one day provide. He didn’t know Jesus, but he anticipated God’s answer to our dilemma.
He could not see what God would do, but he was thinking along with God and came to some clear realizations we still ponder today. He called himself “your handiwork.” The Apostle Paul would later say the same thing.
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Ephesians 2:10 NIV
Here you and I are today. We live in the full realization of God’s perfect plan to save us through his own works of justice, mercy, and grace. Death is not the end of the story. Life is worth living. We are God’s handiwork. He created us “in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
What Job longed for, we live. What he hoped for, we know.
Our Father in heaven guards our steps. He covers our guilt and shame. He washes us clean and renews us forever.
What does this make possible?
Job said this would make life worth living. He said, “this would give me hope through all my years of struggle, and I would eagerly await the release of death.”
What are you struggling with today? If you involve God in your struggle, the struggle becomes meaningful.
How do you think about death? Because of what Jesus did for us on the cross and in his resurrection, we can “eagerly await the release of death.” Again, the Apostle Paul helps us with heavenly perspective when he says, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain,” (Philippians 1:21).
These are thoughts worth thinking on a Monday. They are worth pondering in our down times. They are worth bringing to bear on today’s struggles and the struggles to come.
I will live in light of God’s perfect plan and the opportunities my struggles make possible.
Our Father, thank you for the gift of hope. Thank you for meaning in seasons of struggle. Thank you for loving us so much that you did for us what we cannot do for ourselves. Thank you for guarding our steps. Thank you for sealing our sins and covering our guilt. Amen.
I enjoy discovering new tools that help me better know and experience God. An acquaintance of mine recently shared a resource I have come to treasure. Lectio 365 is an app with Bible readings and prayers helping us prepare for the day morning by morning, and prepare for sleep evening by evening. You can find out everything you want to know about the app, the spiritual practices, and the people them at this web address: https://www.24-7prayer.com/resource/lectio-365/
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.