Verse of the Day

Daily Devotion 

By:  Bro. Bob Maynard
 

30 October 2017 Verse of the Day

Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;  (Deuteronomy 7:9 KJV)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with me in 2 years:

I Will Recount Your Wonderful Deeds
Psa 9:1-20  For the choir director; on Muth-labben. A Psalm of David. I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart; I will tell of all Your wonders.  (2)  I will be glad and exult in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.  (3)  When my enemies turn back, They stumble and perish before You.  (4)  For You have maintained my just cause; You have sat on the throne judging righteously.  (5)  You have rebuked the nations, You have destroyed the wicked; You have blotted out their name forever and ever.  (6)  The enemy has come to an end in perpetual ruins, And You have uprooted the cities; The very memory of them has perished.  (7)  But the LORD abides forever; He has established His throne for judgment,  (8)  And He will judge the world in righteousness; He will execute judgment for the peoples with equity.  (9)  The LORD also will be a stronghold for the oppressed, A stronghold in times of trouble;  (10)  And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, For You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.  (11)  Sing praises to the LORD, who dwells in Zion; Declare among the peoples His deeds.  (12)  For He who requires blood remembers them; He does not forget the cry of the afflicted.  (13)  Be gracious to me, O LORD; See my affliction from those who hate me, You who lift me up from the gates of death,  (14)  That I may tell of all Your praises, That in the gates of the daughter of Zion I may rejoice in Your salvation.  (15)  The nations have sunk down in the pit which they have made; In the net which they hid, their own foot has been caught.  (16)  The LORD has made Himself known; He has executed judgment. In the work of his own hands the wicked is snared. Higgaion Selah.  (17)  The wicked will return to Sheol, Even all the nations who forget God.  (18)  For the needy will not always be forgotten, Nor the hope of the afflicted perish forever.  (19)  Arise, O LORD, do not let man prevail; Let the nations be judged before You.  (20)  Put them in fear, O LORD; Let the nations know that they are but men. Selah.
 
Why Do You Hide Yourself?
Psa 10:1-18  Why do You stand afar off, O LORD? Why do You hide Yourself in times of trouble?  (2)  In pride the wicked hotly pursue the afflicted; Let them be caught in the plots which they have devised.  (3)  For the wicked boasts of his heart’s desire, And the greedy man curses and spurns the LORD.  (4)  The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance, does not seek Him. All his thoughts are, “There is no God.”  (5)  His ways prosper at all times; Your judgments are on high, out of his sight; As for all his adversaries, he snorts at them.  (6)  He says to himself, “I will not be moved; Throughout all generations I will not be in adversity.”  (7)  His mouth is full of curses and deceit and oppression; Under his tongue is mischief and wickedness.  (8)  He sits in the lurking places of the villages; In the hiding places he kills the innocent; His eyes stealthily watch for the unfortunate.  (9)  He lurks in a hiding place as a lion in his lair; He lurks to catch the afflicted; He catches the afflicted when he draws him into his net.  (10)  He crouches, he bows down, And the unfortunate fall by his mighty ones.  (11)  He says to himself, “God has forgotten; He has hidden His face; He will never see it.”  (12)  Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up Your hand. Do not forget the afflicted.  (13)  Why has the wicked spurned God? He has said to himself, “You will not require it.”  (14)  You have seen it, for You have beheld mischief and vexation to take it into Your hand. The unfortunate commits himself to You; You have been the helper of the orphan.  (15)  Break the arm of the wicked and the evildoer, Seek out his wickedness until You find none.  (16)  The LORD is King forever and ever; Nations have perished from His land.  (17)  O LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will strengthen their heart, You will incline Your ear  (18)  To vindicate the orphan and the oppressed, So that man who is of the earth will no longer cause terror.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


29 October 2017 Verse of the Day

For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.  (Romans 12:3 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with me in 2 years:

In You Do I Take Refuge
Psa 7:1-17  A Shiggaion of David, which he sang to the LORD concerning Cush, a Benjamite. O LORD my God, in You I have taken refuge; Save me from all those who pursue me, and deliver me,  (2)  Or he will tear my soul like a lion, Dragging me away, while there is none to deliver.  (3)  O LORD my God, if I have done this, If there is injustice in my hands,  (4)  If I have rewarded evil to my friend, Or have plundered him who without cause was my adversary,  (5)  Let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it; And let him trample my life down to the ground And lay my glory in the dust. Selah.  (6)  Arise, O LORD, in Your anger; Lift up Yourself against the rage of my adversaries, And arouse Yourself for me; You have appointed judgment.  (7)  Let the assembly of the peoples encompass You, And over them return on high.  (8)  The LORD judges the peoples; Vindicate me, O LORD, according to my righteousness and my integrity that is in me.  (9)  O let the evil of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous; For the righteous God tries the hearts and minds.  (10)  My shield is with God, Who saves the upright in heart.  (11)  God is a righteous judge, And a God who has indignation every day.  (12)  If a man does not repent, He will sharpen His sword; He has bent His bow and made it ready.  (13)  He has also prepared for Himself deadly weapons; He makes His arrows fiery shafts.  (14)  Behold, he travails with wickedness, And he conceives mischief and brings forth falsehood.  (15)  He has dug a pit and hollowed it out, And has fallen into the hole which he made.  (16)  His mischief will return upon his own head, And his violence will descend upon his own pate.  (17)  I will give thanks to the LORD according to His righteousness And will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.
 
How Majestic Is Your Name
Psa 8:1-9  For the choir director; on the Gittith. A Psalm of David. O LORD, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth, Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens!  (2)  From the mouth of infants and nursing babes You have established strength Because of Your adversaries, To make the enemy and the revengeful cease.  (3)  When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained;  (4)  What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him?  (5)  Yet You have made him a little lower than God, And You crown him with glory and majesty!  (6)  You make him to rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet,  (7)  All sheep and oxen, And also the beasts of the field,  (8)  The birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea, Whatever passes through the paths of the seas.  (9)  O LORD, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth!

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


28 October 2017 Verse of the Day

And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.  (Luke 24:49 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with me in 2 years:

Lead Me in Your Righteousness
Psa 5:1-12  For the choir director; for flute accompaniment. A Psalm of David. Give ear to my words, O LORD, Consider my groaning.  (2)  Heed the sound of my cry for help, my King and my God, For to You I pray.  (3)  In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.  (4)  For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness; No evil dwells with You.  (5)  The boastful shall not stand before Your eyes; You hate all who do iniquity.  (6)  You destroy those who speak falsehood; The LORD abhors the man of bloodshed and deceit.  (7)  But as for me, by Your abundant lovingkindness I will enter Your house, At Your holy temple I will bow in reverence for You.  (8)  O LORD, lead me in Your righteousness because of my foes; Make Your way straight before me.  (9)  There is nothing reliable in what they say; Their inward part is destruction itself. Their throat is an open grave; They flatter with their tongue.  (10)  Hold them guilty, O God; By their own devices let them fall! In the multitude of their transgressions thrust them out, For they are rebellious against You.  (11)  But let all who take refuge in You be glad, Let them ever sing for joy; And may You shelter them, That those who love Your name may exult in You.  (12)  For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O LORD, You surround him with favor as with a shield.
 
O Lord, Deliver My Life
Psa 6:1-10  For the choir director; with stringed instruments, upon an eight-string lyre. A Psalm of David. O LORD, do not rebuke me in Your anger, Nor chasten me in Your wrath.  (2)  Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am pining away; Heal me, O LORD, for my bones are dismayed.  (3)  And my soul is greatly dismayed; But You, O LORD—how long?  (4)  Return, O LORD, rescue my soul; Save me because of Your lovingkindness.  (5)  For there is no mention of You in death; In Sheol who will give You thanks?  (6)  I am weary with my sighing; Every night I make my bed swim, I dissolve my couch with my tears.  (7)  My eye has wasted away with grief; It has become old because of all my adversaries.  (8)  Depart from me, all you who do iniquity, For the LORD has heard the voice of my weeping.  (9)  The LORD has heard my supplication, The LORD receives my prayer.  (10)  All my enemies will be ashamed and greatly dismayed; They shall turn back, they will suddenly be ashamed.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


27 October 2017 Verse of the Day

The way of the LORD is a stronghold to the upright, But ruin to the workers of iniquity.  (Proverbs 10:29 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with me in 2 years:

Save Me, O My God
Psa 3:1-8  A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son. O LORD, how my adversaries have increased! Many are rising up against me.  (2)  Many are saying of my soul, “There is no deliverance for him in God.” Selah.  (3)  But You, O LORD, are a shield about me, My glory, and the One who lifts my head.  (4)  I was crying to the LORD with my voice, And He answered me from His holy mountain. Selah.  (5)  I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the LORD sustains me.  (6)  I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people Who have set themselves against me round about.  (7)  Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God! For You have smitten all my enemies on the cheek; You have shattered the teeth of the wicked.  (8)  Salvation belongs to the LORD; Your blessing be upon Your people! Selah.
 
Answer Me When I Call
Psa 4:1-8  For the choir director; on stringed instruments. A Psalm of David. Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; Be gracious to me and hear my prayer.  (2)  O sons of men, how long will my honor become a reproach? How long will you love what is worthless and aim at deception? Selah.  (3)  But know that the LORD has set apart the godly man for Himself; The LORD hears when I call to Him.  (4)  Tremble, and do not sin; Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.  (5)  Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, And trust in the LORD.  (6)  Many are saying, “Who will show us any good?” Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us, O LORD!  (7)  You have put gladness in my heart, More than when their grain and new wine abound.  (8)  In peace I will both lie down and sleep, For You alone, O LORD, make me to dwell in safety.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


26 October 2017 Verse of the Day

Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  (1 John 2:15 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with me in 2 years:

The Way of the Righteous and the Wicked
Psa 1:1-6  How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!  (2)  But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.  (3)  He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.  (4)  The wicked are not so, But they are like chaff which the wind drives away.  (5)  Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.  (6)  For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the wicked will perish.
 
The Reign of the Lord’s Anointed
Psa 2:1-12  Why are the nations in an uproar And the peoples devising a vain thing?  (2)  The kings of the earth take their stand And the rulers take counsel together Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,  (3)  “Let us tear their fetters apart And cast away their cords from us!”  (4)  He who sits in the heavens laughs, The Lord scoffs at them.  (5)  Then He will speak to them in His anger And terrify them in His fury, saying,  (6)  “But as for Me, I have installed My King Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”  (7)  “I will surely tell of the decree of the LORD: He said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.  (8)  ‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.  (9)  ‘You shall break them with a rod of iron, You shall shatter them like earthenware.'”  (10)  Now therefore, O kings, show discernment; Take warning, O judges of the earth.  (11)  Worship the LORD with reverence And rejoice with trembling.  (12)  Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way, For His wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


25 October 2017 Verse of the Day

“For nothing will be impossible with God.”  (Luke 1:37 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with me in 2 years:

Job 41:1-34  “Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook? Or press down his tongue with a cord?  (2)  “Can you put a rope in his nose Or pierce his jaw with a hook?  (3)  “Will he make many supplications to you, Or will he speak to you soft words?  (4)  “Will he make a covenant with you? Will you take him for a servant forever?  (5)  “Will you play with him as with a bird, Or will you bind him for your maidens?  (6)  “Will the traders bargain over him? Will they divide him among the merchants?  (7)  “Can you fill his skin with harpoons, Or his head with fishing spears?  (8)  “Lay your hand on him; Remember the battle; you will not do it again!  (9)  “Behold, your expectation is false; Will you be laid low even at the sight of him?  (10)  “No one is so fierce that he dares to arouse him; Who then is he that can stand before Me?  (11)  “Who has given to Me that I should repay him? Whatever is under the whole heaven is Mine.  (12)  “I will not keep silence concerning his limbs, Or his mighty strength, or his orderly frame.  (13)  “Who can strip off his outer armor? Who can come within his double mail?  (14)  “Who can open the doors of his face? Around his teeth there is terror.  (15)  “His strong scales are his pride, Shut up as with a tight seal.  (16)  “One is so near to another That no air can come between them.  (17)  “They are joined one to another; They clasp each other and cannot be separated.  (18)  “His sneezes flash forth light, And his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.  (19)  “Out of his mouth go burning torches; Sparks of fire leap forth.  (20)  “Out of his nostrils smoke goes forth As from a boiling pot and burning rushes.  (21)  “His breath kindles coals, And a flame goes forth from his mouth.  (22)  “In his neck lodges strength, And dismay leaps before him.  (23)  “The folds of his flesh are joined together, Firm on him and immovable.  (24)  “His heart is as hard as a stone, Even as hard as a lower millstone.  (25)  “When he raises himself up, the mighty fear; Because of the crashing they are bewildered.  (26)  “The sword that reaches him cannot avail, Nor the spear, the dart or the javelin.  (27)  “He regards iron as straw, Bronze as rotten wood.  (28)  “The arrow cannot make him flee; Slingstones are turned into stubble for him.  (29)  “Clubs are regarded as stubble; He laughs at the rattling of the javelin.  (30)  “His underparts are like sharp potsherds; He spreads out like a threshing sledge on the mire.  (31)  “He makes the depths boil like a pot; He makes the sea like a jar of ointment.  (32)  “Behind him he makes a wake to shine; One would think the deep to be gray-haired.  (33)  “Nothing on earth is like him, One made without fear.  (34)  “He looks on everything that is high; He is king over all the sons of pride.”
 
Job’s Confession and Repentance
Job 42:1-17  Then Job answered the LORD and said,  (2)  “I know that You can do all things, And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.  (3)  ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’ “Therefore I have declared that which I did not understand, Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.”  (4)  ‘Hear, now, and I will speak; I will ask You, and You instruct me.’  (5)  “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; But now my eye sees You;  (6)  Therefore I retract, And I repent in dust and ashes.”

The Lord Rebukes Job’s Friends
(7)  It came about after the LORD had spoken these words to Job, that the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My wrath is kindled against you and against your two friends, because you have not spoken of Me what is right as My servant Job has.  (8)  “Now therefore, take for yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, and go to My servant Job, and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves, and My servant Job will pray for you. For I will accept him so that I may not do with you according to your folly, because you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.”  (9)  So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did as the LORD told them; and the LORD accepted Job.

The Lord Restores Job’s Fortunes
(10)  The LORD restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends, and the LORD increased all that Job had twofold.  (11)  Then all his brothers and all his sisters and all who had known him before came to him, and they ate bread with him in his house; and they consoled him and comforted him for all the adversities that the LORD had brought on him. And each one gave him one piece of money, and each a ring of gold.  (12)  The LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; and he had 14,000 sheep and 6,000 camels and 1,000 yoke of oxen and 1,000 female donkeys.  (13)  He had seven sons and three daughters.  (14)  He named the first Jemimah, and the second Keziah, and the third Keren-happuch.  (15)  In all the land no women were found so fair as Job’s daughters; and their father gave them inheritance among their brothers.  (16)  After this, Job lived 140 years, and saw his sons and his grandsons, four generations.  (17)  And Job died, an old man and full of days.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


24 October 2017 Verse of the Day

You shall walk in all the way which the LORD your God has commanded you, that you may live and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you will possess.  (Deuteronomy 5:33 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with me in 2 years:

Job 39:1-30  “Do you know the time the mountain goats give birth? Do you observe the calving of the deer?  (2)  “Can you count the months they fulfill, Or do you know the time they give birth?  (3)  “They kneel down, they bring forth their young, They get rid of their labor pains.  (4)  “Their offspring become strong, they grow up in the open field; They leave and do not return to them.  (5)  “Who sent out the wild donkey free? And who loosed the bonds of the swift donkey,  (6)  To whom I gave the wilderness for a home And the salt land for his dwelling place?  (7)  “He scorns the tumult of the city, The shoutings of the driver he does not hear.  (8)  “He explores the mountains for his pasture And searches after every green thing.  (9)  “Will the wild ox consent to serve you, Or will he spend the night at your manger?  (10)  “Can you bind the wild ox in a furrow with ropes, Or will he harrow the valleys after you?  (11)  “Will you trust him because his strength is great And leave your labor to him?  (12)  “Will you have faith in him that he will return your grain And gather it from your threshing floor?  (13)  “The ostriches’ wings flap joyously With the pinion and plumage of love,  (14)  For she abandons her eggs to the earth And warms them in the dust,  (15)  And she forgets that a foot may crush them, Or that a wild beast may trample them.  (16)  “She treats her young cruelly, as if they were not hers; Though her labor be in vain, she is unconcerned;  (17)  Because God has made her forget wisdom, And has not given her a share of understanding.  (18)  “When she lifts herself on high, She laughs at the horse and his rider.  (19)  “Do you give the horse his might? Do you clothe his neck with a mane?  (20)  “Do you make him leap like the locust? His majestic snorting is terrible.  (21)  “He paws in the valley, and rejoices in his strength; He goes out to meet the weapons.  (22)  “He laughs at fear and is not dismayed; And he does not turn back from the sword.  (23)  “The quiver rattles against him, The flashing spear and javelin.  (24)  “With shaking and rage he races over the ground, And he does not stand still at the voice of the trumpet.  (25)  “As often as the trumpet sounds he says, ‘Aha!’ And he scents the battle from afar, And the thunder of the captains and the war cry.  (26)  “Is it by your understanding that the hawk soars, Stretching his wings toward the south?  (27)  “Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up And makes his nest on high?  (28)  “On the cliff he dwells and lodges, Upon the rocky crag, an inaccessible place.  (29)  “From there he spies out food; His eyes see it from afar.  (30)  “His young ones also suck up blood; And where the slain are, there is he.”
 
Job 40:1-24  Then the LORD said to Job,  (2)  “Will the faultfinder contend with the Almighty? Let him who reproves God answer it.”

Job Promises Silence
(3)  Then Job answered the LORD and said,  (4)  “Behold, I am insignificant; what can I reply to You? I lay my hand on my mouth.  (5)  “Once I have spoken, and I will not answer; Even twice, and I will add nothing more.”

The Lord Challenges Job
(6)  Then the LORD answered Job out of the storm and said,  (7)  “Now gird up your loins like a man; I will ask you, and you instruct Me.  (8)  “Will you really annul My judgment? Will you condemn Me that you may be justified?  (9)  “Or do you have an arm like God, And can you thunder with a voice like His?  (10)  “Adorn yourself with eminence and dignity, And clothe yourself with honor and majesty.  (11)  “Pour out the overflowings of your anger, And look on everyone who is proud, and make him low.  (12)  “Look on everyone who is proud, and humble him, And tread down the wicked where they stand.  (13)  “Hide them in the dust together; Bind them in the hidden place.  (14)  “Then I will also confess to you, That your own right hand can save you.  (15)  “Behold now, Behemoth, which I made as well as you; He eats grass like an ox.  (16)  “Behold now, his strength in his loins And his power in the muscles of his belly.  (17)  “He bends his tail like a cedar; The sinews of his thighs are knit together.  (18)  “His bones are tubes of bronze; His limbs are like bars of iron.  (19)  “He is the first of the ways of God; Let his maker bring near his sword.  (20)  “Surely the mountains bring him food, And all the beasts of the field play there.  (21)  “Under the lotus plants he lies down, In the covert of the reeds and the marsh.  (22)  “The lotus plants cover him with shade; The willows of the brook surround him.  (23)  “If a river rages, he is not alarmed; He is confident, though the Jordan rushes to his mouth.  (24)  “Can anyone capture him when he is on watch, With barbs can anyone pierce his nose?

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


23 October 2017 Verse of the Day

So you shall observe to do just as the LORD your God has commanded you; you shall not turn aside to the right or to the left.  (Deuteronomy 5:32 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with me in 2 years:

Elihu Proclaims God’s Majesty
Job 37:1-24  “At this also my heart trembles, And leaps from its place.  (2)  “Listen closely to the thunder of His voice, And the rumbling that goes out from His mouth.  (3)  “Under the whole heaven He lets it loose, And His lightning to the ends of the earth.  (4)  “After it, a voice roars; He thunders with His majestic voice, And He does not restrain the lightnings when His voice is heard.  (5)  “God thunders with His voice wondrously, Doing great things which we cannot comprehend.  (6)  “For to the snow He says, ‘Fall on the earth,’ And to the downpour and the rain, ‘Be strong.’  (7)  “He seals the hand of every man, That all men may know His work.  (8)  “Then the beast goes into its lair And remains in its den.  (9)  “Out of the south comes the storm, And out of the north the cold.  (10)  “From the breath of God ice is made, And the expanse of the waters is frozen.  (11)  “Also with moisture He loads the thick cloud; He disperses the cloud of His lightning.  (12)  “It changes direction, turning around by His guidance, That it may do whatever He commands it On the face of the inhabited earth.  (13)  “Whether for correction, or for His world, Or for lovingkindness, He causes it to happen.  (14)  “Listen to this, O Job, Stand and consider the wonders of God.  (15)  “Do you know how God establishes them, And makes the lightning of His cloud to shine?  (16)  “Do you know about the layers of the thick clouds, The wonders of one perfect in knowledge,  (17)  You whose garments are hot, When the land is still because of the south wind?  (18)  “Can you, with Him, spread out the skies, Strong as a molten mirror?  (19)  “Teach us what we shall say to Him; We cannot arrange our case because of darkness.  (20)  “Shall it be told Him that I would speak? Or should a man say that he would be swallowed up?  (21)  “Now men do not see the light which is bright in the skies; But the wind has passed and cleared them.  (22)  “Out of the north comes golden splendor; Around God is awesome majesty.  (23)  “The Almighty—we cannot find Him; He is exalted in power And He will not do violence to justice and abundant righteousness.  (24)  “Therefore men fear Him; He does not regard any who are wise of heart.”
 
The Lord Answers Job
Job 38:1-41  Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said,  (2)  “Who is this that darkens counsel By words without knowledge?  (3)  “Now gird up your loins like a man, And I will ask you, and you instruct Me!  (4)  “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding,  (5)  Who set its measurements? Since you know. Or who stretched the line on it?  (6)  “On what were its bases sunk? Or who laid its cornerstone,  (7)  When the morning stars sang together And all the sons of God shouted for joy?  (8)  “Or who enclosed the sea with doors When, bursting forth, it went out from the womb;  (9)  When I made a cloud its garment And thick darkness its swaddling band,  (10)  And I placed boundaries on it And set a bolt and doors,  (11)  And I said, ‘Thus far you shall come, but no farther; And here shall your proud waves stop’?  (12)  “Have you ever in your life commanded the morning, And caused the dawn to know its place,  (13)  That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, And the wicked be shaken out of it?  (14)  “It is changed like clay under the seal; And they stand forth like a garment.  (15)  “From the wicked their light is withheld, And the uplifted arm is broken.  (16)  “Have you entered into the springs of the sea Or walked in the recesses of the deep?  (17)  “Have the gates of death been revealed to you, Or have you seen the gates of deep darkness?  (18)  “Have you understood the expanse of the earth? Tell Me, if you know all this.  (19)  “Where is the way to the dwelling of light? And darkness, where is its place,  (20)  That you may take it to its territory And that you may discern the paths to its home?  (21)  “You know, for you were born then, And the number of your days is great!  (22)  “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow, Or have you seen the storehouses of the hail,  (23)  Which I have reserved for the time of distress, For the day of war and battle?  (24)  “Where is the way that the light is divided, Or the east wind scattered on the earth?  (25)  “Who has cleft a channel for the flood, Or a way for the thunderbolt,  (26)  To bring rain on a land without people, On a desert without a man in it,  (27)  To satisfy the waste and desolate land And to make the seeds of grass to sprout?  (28)  “Has the rain a father? Or who has begotten the drops of dew?  (29)  “From whose womb has come the ice? And the frost of heaven, who has given it birth?  (30)  “Water becomes hard like stone, And the surface of the deep is imprisoned.  (31)  “Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades, Or loose the cords of Orion?  (32)  “Can you lead forth a constellation in its season, And guide the Bear with her satellites?  (33)  “Do you know the ordinances of the heavens, Or fix their rule over the earth?  (34)  “Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, So that an abundance of water will cover you?  (35)  “Can you send forth lightnings that they may go And say to you, ‘Here we are’?  (36)  “Who has put wisdom in the innermost being Or given understanding to the mind?  (37)  “Who can count the clouds by wisdom, Or tip the water jars of the heavens,  (38)  When the dust hardens into a mass And the clods stick together?  (39)  “Can you hunt the prey for the lion, Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,  (40)  When they crouch in their dens And lie in wait in their lair?  (41)  “Who prepares for the raven its nourishment When its young cry to God And wander about without food?

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


22 October 2017 Verse of the Day

Oh that they had such a heart in them, that they would fear Me and keep all My commandments always, that it may be well with them and with their sons forever!  (Deuteronomy 5:29 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with me in 2 years:

Elihu Condemns Job
Job 35:1-16  Then Elihu continued and said,  (2)  “Do you think this is according to justice? Do you say, ‘My righteousness is more than God’s’?  (3)  “For you say, ‘What advantage will it be to You? What profit will I have, more than if I had sinned?’  (4)  “I will answer you, And your friends with you.  (5)  “Look at the heavens and see; And behold the clouds—they are higher than you.  (6)  “If you have sinned, what do you accomplish against Him? And if your transgressions are many, what do you do to Him?  (7)  “If you are righteous, what do you give to Him, Or what does He receive from your hand?  (8)  “Your wickedness is for a man like yourself, And your righteousness is for a son of man.  (9)  “Because of the multitude of oppressions they cry out; They cry for help because of the arm of the mighty.  (10)  “But no one says, ‘Where is God my Maker, Who gives songs in the night,  (11)  Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth And makes us wiser than the birds of the heavens?’  (12)  “There they cry out, but He does not answer Because of the pride of evil men.  (13)  “Surely God will not listen to an empty cry, Nor will the Almighty regard it.  (14)  “How much less when you say you do not behold Him, The case is before Him, and you must wait for Him!  (15)  “And now, because He has not visited in His anger, Nor has He acknowledged transgression well,  (16)  So Job opens his mouth emptily; He multiplies words without knowledge.”
 
Elihu Extols God’s Greatness
Job 36:1-33  Then Elihu continued and said,  (2)  “Wait for me a little, and I will show you That there is yet more to be said in God’s behalf.  (3)  “I will fetch my knowledge from afar, And I will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.  (4)  “For truly my words are not false; One who is perfect in knowledge is with you.  (5)  “Behold, God is mighty but does not despise any; He is mighty in strength of understanding.  (6)  “He does not keep the wicked alive, But gives justice to the afflicted.  (7)  “He does not withdraw His eyes from the righteous; But with kings on the throne He has seated them forever, and they are exalted.  (8)  “And if they are bound in fetters, And are caught in the cords of affliction,  (9)  Then He declares to them their work And their transgressions, that they have magnified themselves.  (10)  “He opens their ear to instruction, And commands that they return from evil.  (11)  “If they hear and serve Him, They will end their days in prosperity And their years in pleasures.  (12)  “But if they do not hear, they shall perish by the sword And they will die without knowledge.  (13)  “But the godless in heart lay up anger; They do not cry for help when He binds them.  (14)  “They die in youth, And their life perishes among the cult prostitutes.  (15)  “He delivers the afflicted in their affliction, And opens their ear in time of oppression.  (16)  “Then indeed, He enticed you from the mouth of distress, Instead of it, a broad place with no constraint; And that which was set on your table was full of fatness.  (17)  “But you were full of judgment on the wicked; Judgment and justice take hold of you.  (18)  “Beware that wrath does not entice you to scoffing; And do not let the greatness of the ransom turn you aside.  (19)  “Will your riches keep you from distress, Or all the forces of your strength?  (20)  “Do not long for the night, When people vanish in their place.  (21)  “Be careful, do not turn to evil, For you have preferred this to affliction.  (22)  “Behold, God is exalted in His power; Who is a teacher like Him?  (23)  “Who has appointed Him His way, And who has said, ‘You have done wrong’?  (24)  “Remember that you should exalt His work, Of which men have sung.  (25)  “All men have seen it; Man beholds from afar.  (26)  “Behold, God is exalted, and we do not know Him; The number of His years is unsearchable.  (27)  “For He draws up the drops of water, They distill rain from the mist,  (28)  Which the clouds pour down, They drip upon man abundantly.  (29)  “Can anyone understand the spreading of the clouds, The thundering of His pavilion?  (30)  “Behold, He spreads His lightning about Him, And He covers the depths of the sea.  (31)  “For by these He judges peoples; He gives food in abundance.  (32)  “He covers His hands with the lightning, And commands it to strike the mark.  (33)  “Its noise declares His presence; The cattle also, concerning what is coming up.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


21 October 2017 Verse of the Day

To you it was shown that you might know that the LORD, He is God; there is no other besides Him.  (Deuteronomy 4:35 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with me in 2 years:

Elihu Rebukes Job
Job 33:1-33  “However now, Job, please hear my speech, And listen to all my words.  (2)  “Behold now, I open my mouth, My tongue in my mouth speaks.  (3)  “My words are from the uprightness of my heart, And my lips speak knowledge sincerely.  (4)  “The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life.  (5)  “Refute me if you can; Array yourselves before me, take your stand.  (6)  “Behold, I belong to God like you; I too have been formed out of the clay.  (7)  “Behold, no fear of me should terrify you, Nor should my pressure weigh heavily on you.  (8)  “Surely you have spoken in my hearing, And I have heard the sound of your words:  (9)  ‘I am pure, without transgression; I am innocent and there is no guilt in me.  (10)  ‘Behold, He invents pretexts against me; He counts me as His enemy.  (11)  ‘He puts my feet in the stocks; He watches all my paths.’  (12)  “Behold, let me tell you, you are not right in this, For God is greater than man.  (13)  “Why do you complain against Him That He does not give an account of all His doings?  (14)  “Indeed God speaks once, Or twice, yet no one notices it.  (15)  “In a dream, a vision of the night, When sound sleep falls on men, While they slumber in their beds,  (16)  Then He opens the ears of men, And seals their instruction,  (17)  That He may turn man aside from his conduct, And keep man from pride;  (18)  He keeps back his soul from the pit, And his life from passing over into Sheol.  (19)  “Man is also chastened with pain on his bed, And with unceasing complaint in his bones;  (20)  So that his life loathes bread, And his soul favorite food.  (21)  “His flesh wastes away from sight, And his bones which were not seen stick out.  (22)  “Then his soul draws near to the pit, And his life to those who bring death.  (23)  “If there is an angel as mediator for him, One out of a thousand, To remind a man what is right for him,  (24)  Then let him be gracious to him, and say, ‘Deliver him from going down to the pit, I have found a ransom’;  (25)  Let his flesh become fresher than in youth, Let him return to the days of his youthful vigor;  (26)  Then he will pray to God, and He will accept him, That he may see His face with joy, And He may restore His righteousness to man.  (27)  “He will sing to men and say, ‘I have sinned and perverted what is right, And it is not proper for me.  (28)  ‘He has redeemed my soul from going to the pit, And my life shall see the light.’  (29)  “Behold, God does all these oftentimes with men,  (30)  To bring back his soul from the pit, That he may be enlightened with the light of life.  (31)  “Pay attention, O Job, listen to me; Keep silent, and let me speak.  (32)  “Then if you have anything to say, answer me; Speak, for I desire to justify you.  (33)  “If not, listen to me; Keep silent, and I will teach you wisdom.”
 
Elihu Asserts God’s Justice
Job 34:1-37  Then Elihu continued and said,  (2)  “Hear my words, you wise men, And listen to me, you who know.  (3)  “For the ear tests words As the palate tastes food.  (4)  “Let us choose for ourselves what is right; Let us know among ourselves what is good.  (5)  “For Job has said, ‘I am righteous, But God has taken away my right;  (6)  Should I lie concerning my right? My wound is incurable, though I am without transgression.’  (7)  “What man is like Job, Who drinks up derision like water,  (8)  Who goes in company with the workers of iniquity, And walks with wicked men?  (9)  “For he has said, ‘It profits a man nothing When he is pleased with God.’  (10)  “Therefore, listen to me, you men of understanding. Far be it from God to do wickedness, And from the Almighty to do wrong.  (11)  “For He pays a man according to his work, And makes him find it according to his way.  (12)  “Surely, God will not act wickedly, And the Almighty will not pervert justice.  (13)  “Who gave Him authority over the earth? And who has laid on Him the whole world?  (14)  “If He should determine to do so, If He should gather to Himself His spirit and His breath,  (15)  All flesh would perish together, And man would return to dust.  (16)  “But if you have understanding, hear this; Listen to the sound of my words.  (17)  “Shall one who hates justice rule? And will you condemn the righteous mighty One,  (18)  Who says to a king, ‘Worthless one,’ To nobles, ‘Wicked ones’;  (19)  Who shows no partiality to princes Nor regards the rich above the poor, For they all are the work of His hands?  (20)  “In a moment they die, and at midnight People are shaken and pass away, And the mighty are taken away without a hand.  (21)  “For His eyes are upon the ways of a man, And He sees all his steps.  (22)  “There is no darkness or deep shadow Where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.  (23)  “For He does not need to consider a man further, That he should go before God in judgment.  (24)  “He breaks in pieces mighty men without inquiry, And sets others in their place.  (25)  “Therefore He knows their works, And He overthrows them in the night, And they are crushed.  (26)  “He strikes them like the wicked In a public place,  (27)  Because they turned aside from following Him, And had no regard for any of His ways;  (28)  So that they caused the cry of the poor to come to Him, And that He might hear the cry of the afflicted—  (29)  When He keeps quiet, who then can condemn? And when He hides His face, who then can behold Him, That is, in regard to both nation and man?—  (30)  So that godless men would not rule Nor be snares of the people.  (31)  “For has anyone said to God, ‘I have borne chastisement; I will not offend anymore;  (32)  Teach me what I do not see; If I have done iniquity, I will not do it again’?  (33)  “Shall He recompense on your terms, because you have rejected it? For you must choose, and not I; Therefore declare what you know.  (34)  “Men of understanding will say to me, And a wise man who hears me,  (35)  ‘Job speaks without knowledge, And his words are without wisdom.  (36)  ‘Job ought to be tried to the limit, Because he answers like wicked men.  (37)  ‘For he adds rebellion to his sin; He claps his hands among us, And multiplies his words against God.'”

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 



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