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Reading 1 - Job 16:2
"I have heard many things like these; miserable comforters are
you all!" (Job 16:2).
"Wearisome" (RV mg). Job's friends continue to propound the
same old theory.
"I must reflect on how many times I too have been a miserable
comforter. What is that makes us think we have the freedom to judge others
according to their sins, when we are equally sinful but we can't see it? This is
clearly wrong and yet we do it all the time. Perhaps our reflections on Job's
situation and suffering at the hands of his friends will make us stop and think"
Reading 2 - Hab 3:18
"Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my
Savior" (Hab 3:18).
Habakkuk does not end with a wail but with a song. It does not
end with inquiry but with affirmation. It does not end with frustration but with
"Thank God for His glorious invitation and opportunity to
serve Him totally with all your life and strength. And pray without ceasing for
the precious divine blessing of ever more zeal and enthusiasm and dedication and
intensity of effort. Working for God is the only true living: all other
activities are various deceptive degrees of death. It is a joy and a privilege
far higher than anything this dead, dull world can ever offer, or even
comprehend. All worldly accomplishment ends in the grave" (GV
Reading 3 - 2Pe 1:10,11
"Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your
calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, and
you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ" (2Pe 1:10,11).
"In the race for life eternal, there are many things lawful
enough in the abstract; but that viewed in relation to the object to be
attained, are highly inexpedient, and to be 'laid aside', as Paul advises. It is
a simple, and a safe and a reasonable, and a wise rule, and one that will give
us much cause for joy at the last, to dispense with every habit or pleasure, or
practice, or occupation, or friend that hinders our progress in the narrow way.
This is but another way of saying what Christ said: 'If thy right eye offend
thee, pluck it out. It is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, than
having two eyes to be cast into the fire of Gehenna.' It is better to make our
calling and election sure, at the expense of worldly friends and engagements and
advantages, than to secure all these, in this present time, and find, at last,
that we have cherished them at the expense of Christ's approbation, and have to
pay for them with the loss of the kingdom of God" (Robert Roberts, "Seasons of