22 July: The Source of Trouble

It will soon be eight years since our only son passed away, suddenly, unexpectedly, and no medical reason could be found. On that day, when our own private tsunami flooded in to wash one of us away, silence came in answer to “Why?”…

READ JOB 1  Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.


I can’t help but notice the completion of yet another cycle today as my 365 Breadcrumbs comes around once again to the story of Job in today’s chapter. I had no idea, in 2009, that less than two weeks after reading this chapter, our world would be turned upside-down – just as Job’s had been on that fateful day. But while the age-old question “Why?” remains unanswered, the answer to the source of trouble is clear enough.

Glimpsing into the supernatural (where angels, as well as the Creator God, exist in His Kingdom), one particular created being catches my attention in today’s chapter: the fallen angel who is known as: satan. [v6-7] His scornful distain for Job’s lucky life is more than palatable. [v9-11] But if my Maker is 100% good – as HIStory proves[a] – then my source of trouble comes only from the one who started trouble in the first place.[b]

So, nine days later when our own tornado hit us in 2009, I couldn’t help but see Job’s shocked face while satan’s contemptuous remarks seemed to float in the air all around me. This was a defining moment for me. In an instant, I knew I had one choice: to hold fast to my integrity, or to curse God and die.[c] Kneeling face down on the carpet beside the body of my dead son, I chose to trust the One who gives and takes away…just as Job had done before me. [v20-22]

Read More? …CLICK on “22 July – Additional Notes”

But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.

Struggling to connect with the One who Give and Takes Away? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[d]


   1.   Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”

O Lord, You are my God! I’ll exalt You and give thanks to Your Name. For You’ve worked wonders – Your plans, formed long ago, are with perfect faithfulness. [Isaiah 25:1]

   2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”

  • The World: Government decisions in Italy[e]
  • Your Country: Human Trafficking
  • Yourself: Wise Choices
  • Your concerns for today
The righteous cry and You, Lord ,hears them. You’re near to the broken hearted and You deliver us out of all their troubles by saving those who are crushed in spirit. [Psalm 34:17-18]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”

I seek You Lord, along with the humble of the earth who carry out Your ordinances. I want to seek righteousness, seek humility. Perhaps then I’ll be hidden in the day of Your anger. [Zephaniah 2:3]

  4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.”

Thank-You Lord, that You have equipped me in every good thing, working in me the things that are pleasing in Your sight. To You be the glory forever and ever. Amen. [Hebrews 13:21]

“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”

When Jesus was questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, He always spoke things that were previously written in God’s Word.[f] Following these memory verses from ten topics, will help you learn 52 verses from the bible in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Topic = Our Maker’s Handbook

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” [James 1:22]

[a] Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Nehemiah 9:25,35; Psalm 31:19; 145:7;

[b] Genesis 3:1-5 & v13-15

[c] Job 2:9

[d] Matthew 6:5-15

[e] http://www.operationworld.org/country/ital/owtext.html

[f] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31

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