Daily D – Job 19:23-24
Job 19:23, 24 “Oh, that my words could be recorded. Oh, that they could be inscribed on a monument, carved with an iron chisel and filled with lead, engraved forever in the rock.” (NLT)
Some of the most famous words of the twentieth century were written and spoken by Supreme Allied Commander Dwight David Eisenhower. The words he wrote accepting full blame should the D-Day invasion have failed are less well known, but every bit as powerful.
What is the single most important statement you have written or spoken? What is the most serious truth you have communicated? How has it been preserved for others to consider and savor?
Job had a thought, a conviction, that anchored his soul despite all the loss and pain he experienced. He wanted those words preserved for everyone for all time to know as personally as did he.
Westminster Abbey has been in the news lately with the crowning of King Charles III. Not far away from where all the pomp and circumstance occurred is Poet’s Corner. In that corner is the monument to George Frederic Handel. His monument sets in marble what Job wanted us to know. ([https://bit.ly/3oP0Chn])
“But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,
and he will stand upon the earth at last.
And after my body has decayed,
yet in my body I will see God!
I will see him for myself.
Yes, I will see him with my own eyes.
I am overwhelmed at the thought!”
Sometimes famous last words are unique. Sometimes they are another’s words fitting for the moment. Long before Job spoke his last words, he spoke his most famous words. They are words of truth and life. They are words of enduring hope. They are words of reverent awe.
What do you want everyone to know should they decide to lend you their ears or eyes long after you’ve gone? How can you say those words in a concise and memorable manner?
What do you have to say that will outlive your life?
I will ponder words of truth and life so that they might shape all my thinking and speaking.
Our Father, fill my mind with your truth, my mouth with your grace. May every memory of me lead others to you. 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/
The British accents and soothing music enhance the listenability. The simple instructions on how to relax in God’s presence are helpful.
Give it a shot. Try out some of the 24-7 Prayer group’s other resources.
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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.