Job 1:1-3:26 , 1 Corinthians 14:1-17 , Psalms 37:12-29 , Proverbs 21:25-26
Today is the 22nd day of August. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. And it’s great to be here with you today. I just poured us some coffee and threw another log on the global campfire and so here we go launching into the next step forward on our adventure through the Bible. And we began the book of Job yesterday. And as is our custom, we’ll pick up where we left off. Job 4:1-7:21 today. And we’re reading from the Contemporary English Version this week.
Okay. So, yesterday we began the book of Job and we talked about that. And then we dove in and started and we got the context. We saw Job’s life disintegrate before our eyes. And we saw him sitting in sackcloth and ashes and his friends, they came and sat with him for a week without saying anything. This is called sitting Shiva. So, we got the context and today the conversation began. Job poured out the anguish of his soul and then Job’s friend Eliphaz attempted to comfort him. And he basically told Job, things happen for a reason. And if Job would just trust in God, the Lord would rescue and restore him, right? So, this sentiment sounds very familiar because we say the same kinds of things when we’re attempting to be the voice of comfort. Things happen for a reason. And we’ll notice this throughout the book of Job. His friends will attempt very very diligently to reason with Job. And they’re gonna get increasingly agitated in their efforts because Job doesn’t want to hear the platitudes, right? He doesn’t want to hear things that he’s already heard before. He doesn’t want to hear things that he’s said before. He wants to find God. He doesn’t want the human explanations. And so this agitates and frustrates his friends. But we gotta listen to what his friends are saying. Because what his friends are saying are the kinds of things that we say. So, it begs the question: What do you say when there isn’t an answer? And this is what we’re exploring as we explore the book of Job.
Father, we have invited You into every scenario and situation that we have encountered in the Bible. And so many, in fact the majority, of these scenarios and situations directly apply to our lives because they are the human condition, the human scenario. And we are continually invited to look at how we are trying to make the human scenario work without You. And so every day, most every day, we invite You. And so today we are inviting You into this, into these questions. Because these are the deeper things that dredge up all kinds of stuff within us that isn’t most comfortable to consider. And yet we find this in the Scriptures and so You are bringing it up. You are dredging it up. You are wanting to heal us in places that we’ve walled off. And so we invite You as we move into the issues of suffering and meaning, purpose. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus name we ask. Amen.
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Community Prayer and Praise:
Good morning Daily Audio Bible family. It’s Laura in Houston. I’m calling cause I really need your prayers. So, when my husband and I moved in, we got married, and we discovered we had a lot of things from being single for like 30 years. And it’s been really interesting to try to combine our households. And we just kind of put everything that wasn’t necessary, like old boxes full of stuff, in a couple of rooms. And everything else was needed. And I started to look through it was like all of this old stuff. But we need to go through it and the Lord has sent someone my way and my husband and I got excited about cleaning through all this stuff. And I started the process and it feels really good and at the same time it feels really holy and like letting into really emotional things for both of us. And the temptation is to be like, oh, don’t touch it, you know, that the past in the past, and just leave it in this room. And that’s really not practical or, I think, honoring or healthy. And I’m afraid sometimes. It’s just like, I don’t even know about this entire, you know, lifetime of beautiful memories that my husband has or he doesn’t even know about mine. How are we gonna get to know each other? And I feel discouraged. And I want to ask your prayers for our marriage, that, you know, nothing bad has happened about it but I just…I have this fear and I really want this housecleaning to be a spiritual and emotional exercise, not just getting rid of things but dealing with the emotions and the spiritual aspect of that. And I’d appreciate your prayers for that, that this will be a time when we actually grow closer and that all this emotional stuff that…all the things we have, that it doesn’t cause any kind of strife but…and that He opens up our hearts in new ways to some old things. I love you all. Thanks for praying.
Hello Daily Audio Bible family. This is Angela in Birmingham Alabama. It’s August 17th and I just got through listening to today’s podcast and the message from his little Sharif and Canada. I just wanted to let you know that you are so encouraging about the diversity of this community and how everyone is needed. It makes me feel, I don’t know, good and reassured because I’m not a typical or regular caller. I listen and I pray and I often pray even when I’m not listening to the podcast for the DAB family but I don’t call often. And sometimes I guess I feel guilt about that or wondering why I don’t feel compelled to call and just kind of a background listener. But I believe that we all have our purpose. And, so, I feel like you confirmed that today and I appreciate your call and your message today. I am a seven-year listener and I’ve called a few times but do know that I am praying with all of you, listening, and praying, and being encouraged by those who to call in. Thank you family. Have a good day.
Good morning or afternoon wherever you are. This is Sandy from Amarillo and today I’m calling for pray for myself. In 1962 I was single and pregnant. I could not afford to take care of my child so I gave him up for adoption. Well, on August the 15th of 2018, through DNA and ancestry.com my son found me. I need prayer that we can build a relationship together with the blessings of God to help us to get through all of the pain that we both went through through the years. I truly believe in prayer and I feel so connected to this Daily Audio Bible family and know and listen every day and know how prayer works, how the miracles happen. I thank you all in advance for your prayers. And thank you Brian and Jill for this wonderful, wonderful podcast and this beautiful campfire we all are around.
Hi. Hello. This is August 17th. My name is Naomi. This is the first time I’ve called them and I like to ask the Daily Audio family to pray for my pastors wife, Haleen. She just found out chief has an aggressive form of pancreatic cancer and we all are concerned about her and we…they’re new to our church but we just got to know them and they are dear to us. And we pray that Jesus will have a miracle for her. She wants to see her grandchildren grow up. So, please pray for her. Thank you very much. And I’ve been listening now for about four years. Thank you for being there. Goodbye.