23 July: Author of the Supernatural
There are things in this life that are truly scary. But I expect that nothing would compare with the bone-tingling horror that comes from hearing a disembodied voice speaking out of a whirlwind…
READ JOB 38 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.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Reading the news one day, I noticed a plea from a Scottish family who had a series of nannies for the children but all of them had left. Apparently, the family’s home was haunted! More than ever, the supernatural seems to be increasingly accepted today. But there are many foundations upon which Faith can be based. Believers in the Creator God today, for example, have focused on building blocks that relate to how He’s a compassionate and gracious God, abounding in loving-kindness and truth.[a] Others focus on our Maker’s ability to forgive our wrongdoing[b], and still others on the benevolence of His blessings.[c]
Unfortunately, though, the focus we choose can be in isolation of the whole picture. We like the fact that He is ‘slow to anger’ but we avoid reading the verses around that truth: “…the Lord is a jealous and avenging God…filled with wrath with His foes. He is slow to anger but great in power… His way is in the whirlwind and the storm, and clouds are dust under his feet.”[d] So, until I come back to the original foundation stones (such as the Creator God’s own speech about Himself in Job chapters 38-41), then I too will “darken counsel” and “obscuring His plans” with words without knowledge. [v2] By building my “alter of worship” that’s focused only on the good bits, and not the scary bits, I’ll never be able to offer Him “acceptable sacrifices”[e] , because I’ll not know who He really is: the Author of the Supernatural…
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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.
Wanting to connect with the One who created all we see supernaturally? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[f]
THE LORD’S PRAYER:
1. Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”
My Lord and Maker, may Your glorious Name be blessed and exalted above all blessing and praise! For you alone are God Almighty. You’ve created the heavens – the heaven of heavens with all their host. [Nehemiah 9:5b-6a]
2. Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”
The World: God’s Grace on Italy[g]
Your Country: International Students
Yourself: Obedience to your Maker’s still small voice.
Your concerns for today
You’ve made everything appropriate in its time, Lord. You’ve also set eternity in our heart, yet we still don’t know the work that You’ve done from the beginning even to the end. [Ecclesiastes 3:11]
3. Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”
You’ll swallow up death for all time and You, Lord God, will wipe tears away from all faces, because You’ll remove the reproach of Your people from all the earth. This You’ve spoken. [Isaiah 25:8]
4. Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.
Because You alone are the Blessed and only Sovereign – the King of kings and Lord of lords – and because You alone possess immortality dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no human has seen or can see, to You Lord be honour and eternal reign! [1 Timothy 6:15-16]
“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.[h] 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] Exodus 34:6
[b] Numbers 14:18-19
[c] Deuteronomy 28:1-14
[d] Nahum 1:2-3
[e] 1 Corinthians 3:11-15
[f] Matthew 6:5-15
[h] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31