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Job 35-37

Daily Reading Job 35-37 Daily Thought Elihu continued to speak, and, surprisingly, made some sense. Job’s problem was not that he had sinned, but that he was too focused on himself. “Hear this, O Job; stop and consider the wondrous works of God” (Job 37:14), was Elihu’s advice, and not at all a bad reminder. […]


Job 32-34

Daily Reading Job 32-34 Daily Thought The sign posted at the University said, “It isn’t wrong to think you’re right, but it isn’t right to think others are wrong.” Sounds so charitable, so fair, nice even. The ballplayer slides into second, the shortstop tags him, and the umpire calls, “You’re out!” It’s just a game, […]


Job 29-31

Daily Reading Job 29-31 Daily Thought Job ignores his friends and lays out his final appeal before God: my life was good, really good (Job 29); now it’s really bad (Job 30); what did I do wrong? (Job 31). At least sixteen times he begins, “If I have,” meaning he hasn’t, and the sins he […]


Job 24-28

Daily Reading Job 24-28 Daily Thought Job challenges his friends, “Where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?” (Job 28:12). Certainly not among you three is at least half an answer. The friends have knowledge, but knowledge is not wisdom, and often the more a fool knows, the greater a fool […]


Job 21-23

Daily Reading Job 21-23 Daily Thought “But, wait a minute,” we say. “You don’t understand, it’s different for me. These economic times,” or “If you grew up in my family.” “We are going to get married anyway.” “My husband doesn’t listen to me.” Maybe true, all excuses. We use excuses to say, “I should be […]


Job 17-20

Daily Reading Job 17-20 Daily Thought T.S. Eliot wrote, The only hope, or else despair Lies in the choice of pyre or pyre- To be redeemed from fire by fire. Two kinds of fire. One consuming. We name it “despair.” This fire burns out into emptiness. Another fire purifies. This is “hope.” This fire burns […]


Job 11-13

Daily Reading Job 11-13 Daily Thought Your friend is suffering. What do you do? First, what you don’t do. Watch the comparisons, “It’s not as bad as that time I…,” or “My brother-in-law had the same thing.” And don’t lay the blame, “Well, you had it coming…,” or “You just need more faith.” Be careful […]


Job 8-10

Daily Reading Job 8-10 Daily Thought Bildad’s callous solution to Job’s suffering is simply, “If you are pure and upright, surely then he (God) will rouse himself for you and restore your rightful habitation” (Job 8:6); to which Job rightly replied, “Truly I know that it is so: But how can a man be in […]


Job 5-7

Daily Reading Job 5-7 Daily Thought Job’s three friends came and sat silently seven days. In this they did well. When they did speak, Eliphaz, likely the oldest, spoke first, “Behold, blessed is the one whom God reproves; therefore despise not the discipline of the Almighty” (Job 4:7). You must have done wrong, Job. What […]


Job 1-4

Daily Reading Job 1-4 Daily Thought Zero is quite powerful. When you add zero, nothing much happens. But try multiplying! Go ahead. Multiply anything by 0, and what do you get? Zero. Zero dominates! 12 x 0 = 0; 20 x 0 = 0; 7 billion (the number of people on planet earth) x 0 […]

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