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Old Testament - I forgot how much trash-talking goes on here in the book of Job! It occurred to me that all of this bickering back and forth between Job and his friends keeps transpiring without Satan coming up in their comments at all. Meaning, no one seems to realize that Satan is the one who has afflicted Job! And I'm wondering if this happens in our lives today as well? Do we sometimes miss it when Satan is literally attacking us? Do we blame others? Blame ourselves? Maybe even blame God? When the blame should be directed at the Deceiver? I think Job and his friends could have used Michael the Archangel to come into the picture here and whoop up on Satan like he's doing in this painting below from the year 1518 by the Italian artist Raphael:
There are some great words of wisdom from Job in today's readings. I love the poetry of his words in chapter 14. A lot of it reminds me of the book of Ecclesiastes, which we'll read later this year. Below is an illustration of Job and his three friends from the Book of Hours of Etienne Chevalier by the 15th century French painter Jean Fouquet:
Worship God: Today's readings in Job 12:13 reminded me of Rich Mullins' song "Awesome God" sung here by Michael W. Smith:
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Please join us in memorizing and meditating on a verse of Scripture today: "To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his. " Job 12:13 NIV
Prayer Point: Pray that you simply worship God for His wisdom, power, counsel and understanding. Pray that you go to God for wisdom, power, counsel and understanding in your life.
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