24 July: How to Gain Understanding

The internet seems to have flooded our lives with information. And yet, 4+ millenniums after today’s chapter was unfolding, I wonder if we are any further ahead with “gaining understanding”…

READ JOB 42  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.


When I read this chapter in 2009, I had no idea that within eight days, our own private tornado was to rip through our home leaving one of us dead. I had information, after our son passed away from us. The facts spoke for themselves: as soon as the autopsy was performed and the toxicology test result were returned, the coroner phone to say that there seemed to be “no earthly reason why” our son died. Our son was dead and there was nothing we could do about it. However, the journey ahead of us was about gaining understanding.

The Book of Job is filled with some of the most toxic questions ever to be voiced, along with every possible answer as to why bad things happen to good people. Yet with all their reams of information hashed out over 37 chapters while sitting 40 days on an ash heap, Job’s friends hadn’t produced the right level of understanding. In fact, not only had they drawn such wrong conclusions, the Creator God (whom they were discussing) was left angry at the end of it all, because Job’s friends had misrepresented Him. They hadn’t spoken what is right. [v7]

When I wrote my two books, Breadcrumbs in the Storm and Mysterious? after our Mikey passed away, I started my journey of understanding based on 35 years of information that I had gained about Mikey’s Maker. Through it all, I knew that if I wanted to gain understanding over the most perplexing experiences ever to be faced, I needed to read and reread, then read over again, my Maker’s Handbook for Life. Read More? …CLICK on “24 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.

Wanting to speak directly with the Lord of All Wisdom? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[a]


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

I want to sing for joy in You, Lord, along with your righteous ones because praise is becoming to the upright. If I had the ability I would give thanks to You Lord with the lyre and sing praises to You with a harp of ten strings! [Psalm 33:1-2]

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

  • The World: God’s Grace on Jamaica[b]
  • Your Country: Gospel Education Institution
  • Yourself: Faithful use of your gifting
  • Your concerns for today
May I have a joyful heart today, Father God, because it’s good medicine; but a broken spirit dries up the bones. [Proverbs 17:22]

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

No temptation has overtaken me, Lord, except that which is common to man. But You God, are faithful, and You’ll not allow me to be tempted beyond what I can handle. And with the temptation, You’ll provide the way of escape so that I’ll be able to withstand anything. [1 Corinthians 10:13]

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

Thank-you Lord, that You keep my mind in perfect peace because I trust in You. [Isaiah 26:3]

“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.[c] 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] Matthew 6:5-15

[b] http://www.operationworld.org/country/jama/owtext.html

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

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