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August 12 / 100 WORDS

LEARNING FROM OUR TROUBLES


Today's Reading: Job 1-2


Key Verses: Job 1:21


And he said: "Naked I came from my mother's womb, And naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord."


The enemy of Job is Satan! Job is unaware of the work of Satan…that he's the one who has "taken away," but only with God's permission. Even though Job believed that God was causing the disasters, he remained faithful to God.


Job is considered to be the oldest book in the Bible. The Sabeans and the Chaldeans were nomads who had not yet settled into cities as later history indicates. Job lived for 200 years, which makes him at the very least a contemporary of Abraham who lived for 175 years. There are no references to Israel, the Law or the Tabernacle. Therefore, we can conclude that Job did not have the first books of the Bible for his instruction. Because we have the Bible, we know far more than Job about the destructive spiritual powers waging war in this world. Satan is still active in this world, but we know that the death and resurrection Jesus took away Satan's power in our lives, giving us authority over him in Jesus' Name!



PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, we ask for grace to always apply to our everyday life the knowledge which we have as a result of reading Your Truth, the Bible. We pray that we will learn the very difficult lessons taught here in the book of Job. In the all-powerful Name of Jesus, we pray. Amen!


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