First and foremost, I want to say that a certain little boy who has captured all our hearts is turning 1 today. I always want to do a good job recapping the daily reading, but my eyes keep leaking today and my mind keeps wandering to all that has gone on in the past year. Isn’t it crazy that you can love someone so much you have only known for a year? It’s what God does to our hearts; He expands them so we can love deeply. His mother is an amazing writer and I am sure she will put something on Instagram today that will make me cry buckets. I would love to say she gets that writing ability from me but since we don’t share the same DNA I guess at best I can say my love of words rubbed off on her? I can hardly sit here because we get to go see them in 1 ½ hours! We get to celebrate with our friends this little boy who has stolen our hearts. Auntie Crazy loves you Koko.
Job 37: 1—39: 30
I give our friend the Bible Knowledge Commentary a perusal before I start writing just to be sure I am not writing anything to crazy. Today it said this: “At last Job’s plea that God answer him was granted. Repeatedly Job had knocked on heaven’s door, longing for God to answer (13:22; 31:35).” And now, along with thoughts of the last year, I can’t get the Guns N Roses song, “Knocking on Heavens Door,” out of my head. Yes, yes, I know I am such a great Christian. Leave me alone.
I cannot get over God’s response to Job. He asks Job questions! He does not smite him off the earth for being cheeky. And His questions are His defense. He uses what He has created to show Job that He is more infinite and more glorious and more powerful than we could ever comprehend. My favorite was the ostrich. The ostrich fly’s in the face of our understanding. Well, not fly’s, per se because they can’t fly, but it is an illustration of how our minds work. Eggs, wings and feathers in our minds equals “bird that fly’s.” But God turns that on its head and makes it so the ostrich can’t fly. God’s whole argument here is meant to teach us that we can’t understand Him and figure Him out, we can only sit in awe of Him and accept His sovereignty over us.
2 Corinthians 4: 13—5:10
What Paul wants the Corinthians (and us) to understand today is that this life is not the end. All the toil and trouble we deal with on this earth is as bad as it will get for believers in Jesus. We have a future with Jesus that includes eternity, a glorified body for ours spirit to live in and it is made by God Himself. This is what so often holds us back. We get stuck looking around at what is going on here on earth and we want to make earth better. But if we understand Paul here we understand that our hope is not in making earth like heaven. Our hope is in what happens after our life here. We know where we are going when we die. We can’t forget that fixing up these dying bodies and earth is not the answer, Jesus will come and do that. Turns out Belinda Carlisle is wrong; heaven is not a place on earth. BUT like Paul said we can’t groan and long to get rid of this body. We have a job to do. This might be weird, but I think the idea is to let the Spirit swallow up these dying bodies. WE get so focused on Jesus that people on earth can’t help but want the hope we have. Let us not take that illustration too far or we might have nightmares about being swallowed up, but you get what I am saying.
Psalm 44: 9-26