Welcome to the daily devotional we have. This is a learning process for me as I go along and I hope you can join me. I will pick a devotional on www.bible.com (feel free to go there and pick the same reading plan) and be posting the verse(s), devotional, and my own personal commentary. Feel free to leave your own commentary in the comments as I would love to read your guys thoughts. Also, I will have music that may or may not apply to the devotional.
This devotional is titled “Hawk Nelson – The Overflow Devo”. It is 7 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing.
“1 Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said:
2 “Should a multitude of words go unanswered,
and a man full of talk be judged right?
3 Should your babble silence men,
and when you mock, shall no one shame you?
4 For you say, ‘My doctrine is pure,
and I am clean in God’s eyes.’
5 But oh, that God would speak
and open his lips to you,
6 and that he would tell you the secrets of wisdom!
For he is manifold in understanding.
Know then that God exacts of you less than your guilt deserves.
7 “Can you find out the deep things of God?
Can you find out the limit of the Almighty?
8 It is higher than heaven—what can you do?
Deeper than Sheol—what can you know?
9 Its measure is longer than the earth
and broader than the sea.
10 If he passes through and imprisons
and summons the court, who can turn him back?
11 For he knows worthless men;
when he sees iniquity, will he not consider it?
12 But a stupid man will get understanding
when a wild donkey’s colt is born a man!
13 “If you prepare your heart,
you will stretch out your hands toward him.
14 If iniquity is in your hand, put it far away,
and let not injustice dwell in your tents.
15 Surely then you will lift up your face without blemish;
you will be secure and will not fear.
16 You will forget your misery;
you will remember it as waters that have passed away.
17 And your life will be brighter than the noonday;
its darkness will be like the morning.
18 And you will feel secure, because there is hope;
you will look around and take your rest in security.
19 You will lie down, and none will make you afraid;
many will court your favor.
20 But the eyes of the wicked will fail;
all way of escape will be lost to them,
and their hope is to breathe their last.”
It’s amazing to think that sometimes we think we know better than God, isn’t it? Our finite brains put together plans and they all look so perfect and then God says “ah, ah, ah, that’s not the plan I have for you.” What’s even more crazy, is that it sometimes upsets us and we question our Father like somehow WE know better.
In Job 11 we see part of Zophar’s little chat with Job. While the banter continues to go back and forth, Zophar questions Job and says, “Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?” And while the Lord, in the end, was a kinda displeased with the way Job’s friends judged him, it didn’t take away from the points they were making. After we read that chapter and took in those questions, it was like a mini-awakening. Truly, what do we know that God doesn’t? How can He love us so much to take care of us like that? That’s Crazy!
Sometimes people say Christians are the ones that are crazy because we believe in things that are unseen. If crazy is putting God first in all things, serving people without holding back, and loving those around us without condition…. then we are happy to be called crazy.
I agree with how the devotional points out how we all make plans. We make plans and put God into our little box. God has plans bigger than we can imagine and stuff for us that if we were shown ahead of time, we would not believe it. His timing and plans are perfect. To trust God may seem crazy, but to trust ourselves instead of Him is even crazier. Our faith is going to seem out there to non-believers and even believers alike. Many will tell us we can’t do such and such because of reasons. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. If God tells you something is going too happen, then you can can bet the bank that it will happen. All things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).