LIFe with God: October 11, 2018

Posted on October 11, 2018

Scripture

Job 8

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

LASB: Bildad was upset that Job still claimed innocence while questioning God’s justice. The basis of Bildad’s argument (the justice of God) was correct, but his idea of God’s justice was not. Bildad’s argument went like this: God could not be unjust, and God would not punish a just man; therefore, Job must be unjust. Bildad felt there were no exceptions to his theory. Like Eliphaz, Bildad wrongly assumed that people suffer only as a result of their sins. Bildad was even less sensitive and compassionate, saying that Job’s children died because of their wickedness.

Application

Do I make assumptions and jump to conclusions when offering input to someone in crisis/pain, or do I regularly study God’s Word and take the time to pray for wisdom and discernment before offering my opinion and advice?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Father, Keep me from the error of Bildad, who assumed he knew how You must have been at work in Job’s life and torn down rather than building up with his words. Help me to study Your Word to be equipped to counsel, and to seek Your Spirit’s leading for wisdom and discernment as to when and what to speak into another’s life, and so build up Your people and glorify You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Pray to BLESS!
One good way to pray for people is to use the acronym BLESS to pray for God’s blessing on every area of their lives:

  • B – BODY (physical health)
  • L – Labor (their job or school)
  • E – Emotions (emotional health as well as guarding against letting emotions rule)
  • S – Social (relationships with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, church, etc)
  • S – Spiritual (remaining true to God and growing in Him)

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries:

  • Fred & Shirley Leonard
  • Dan & Jenn Loeschke
  • Corey & Sheryl Morasch
  • Cody Morgan
  • Kyle Morgan
  • Mark & Michelle Morgan

Ministry:

  • Christian Pro-Life Ministries in Idaho (Idaho Chooses Life, Stanton Health Care, etc)

CLF:

  • That we will devote ourselves to prayer, individually, in small groups, and as a church.

Community: Pray for your neighbors…

  • That God would provide opportunities for you to minister to them
  • That unbelievers would receive Christ as Savior and Lord
  • For their marriages / family relationships
  • For their finances / employment
  • Any specific needs of which you’re aware

Catechism

PART 3: SPIRIT, RESTORATION, GROWING IN GRACE

Question #40: What should we pray?

Children’s Answer: The whole Word of God directs us in what we should pray.

Adult’s Answer: The whole Word of God directs and inspires us in what we should pray, including the prayer Jesus himself taught us.

Memory Verse

Ephesians 3:14–21 (HCSB)

For this reason I kneel before the Father from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named. I pray that He may grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power in the inner man through His Spirit, and that the Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, and to know the Messiah’s love that surpasses knowledge, so you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us– to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

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