Scriptures for October 18th: Job 38:1-7(34-41), Psalm 104:1-9, 24,35; Hebrews 5:1-10, Mark 10:35-45
Job: How many times have you been struggling with a problem, or asking God a question and you sit down to marvel at a sunset or you stare at creation. When you come face to face with the awesomeness of God, your realize that your issues pale in comparison. Job has reached that point in his struggles. First he talks with his friends, then he talks with himself. He hopes, wishes that perhaps something will happen to assure him that God cares about him in the midst of his struggles. And at least God speaks. God reminds Job of all that he has done for the world, all that is involved in nature and running the world. And finally Job gets it. He gets that God loves him and is capable of answering his prayers. Now Job can pull himself out of self pity and move on with the rest of his life.
Hebrews: A priest’s job is to stand between heaven and earth on our behalf. They plead to God for us, they bring our prayers and needs to heaven. And yet priest are mere human beings. They are capable of making mistakes. They are capable of sinning. Sometimes they even forget about us. Jesus is also a high priest, Jesus is human. But he never forgets, he never sins, he never makes a mistake. It was thousands of years ago, that the world had a priest that perfect. And yet today and throughout eternity – Jesus us our high priest.
Questions: What is your response when God speaks of a wisdom which far surpasses your own? Where do you go to experience the brilliance of God? How has you weakness fostered the compassion to work on behalf of others?