Turned Upside DownNew Every Morning | October 20, 2021
Job’s world is increasingly turned upside down. He is confused. In the middle of Job’s pain and sorrow, while appealing to God for an audience, he accuses God of creating a chaotic world—one in which it seems as if righteousness is no longer rewarded and evil goes unpunished. …
Job not only gets his desired audience with God but also comes to the realization that God’s creation is beautifully ordered. This encounter with God and Job’s renewed vision of God lead him from desolation to consolation. He now knows that human beings are not at the center of God’s creation. We each have a divine calling to play an active role in God’s world, but God remains in control of God’s creation. There is freedom in knowing that truth.
—Stephane Brooks, The Upper Room Disciplines 2021: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2020)
Note: This week’s New Every Morning reflections feature excerpts from the current readings in The Upper Room Disciplines 2021. The 2022 edition of Disciplines is now available in regular and enlarged print. Learn more at UpperRoomBooks.com/disciplines.
How does reading of Job’s struggles give you insight about your own hardships? Join the conversation.
You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’
Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me to know.
You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.’
My ears had heard of you
but now my eyes have seen you.
—Job 42:3-5 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
Lord, day after day, grant me the desire to remain in your way and to lean on you for all things. Amen.
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How does reading of Job’s struggles give you insight about your own hardships? I can face them knowing God, Jesus, are always there. Have experienced this and know it is true.. Lay led worship, a recent almost car accident, and just making through each day are evidence. Continued prayers for this dear NEM group, Bible study rejoined, a webinar on giving thanks from the New England Methodisr Foundation, and special thanks to the UR for this site that provided great Biblical verses used in my Sunday message. THANK YOU!
Nothing helps lately. I am now being treatedfor an ulcer. H is keeping less than a thousand dollars in our checking account and I am so upset by this. I broke down this morning, crying out all my fears and frustrations. How am I to live on such a shoestring? And I have a doctor’s appointment this afternoon and there will be bills from the many tests and surgery. I do not feel God…I feel very musch alone.
Prayers for one and all and thank you for your prayers. More tomorrow but now doctor’s appointment.
My mantra must be – “I know that My Redeemer lives” (Job 19) and “The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1) Forever and amen.
Father God – continue to abide with Julie through these doctors tests and continued unrest in the home. May she experience Your Presence in an ever sure way.
Father – Your love is steadfast and sure. Your faithfulness is without end. May these truths be the stalwarts of our lives.
Having an open google meet (zoom) this evening with some of my year 1 students. They have requested these, to drop in with a question or concern. We will see who shows up. Following that is small group study.
Ran a few errands after school – much quicker than anticipated. A small blessing. Spoke with my friend. Her daughter, my god daughter is having a tough time transitioning to basketball schedule, amidst her studies at college. She is seeking out counseling on campus and the coach is a pretty intense person, adding to her anxiety. Hoping the waters smooth a bit for her and she finds her “lane”.