ESOCS Devotional 20 September 2023 – The Question From God
MEMORY VERSE: “Can you trust him to bring in your grain and gather it to your threshing floor?” Job 39:12 NIV
TEXT: JOB 39:1-END (KJV)
Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth? or canst thou mark when the hinds do calve?
2 Canst thou number the months that they fulfil? or knowest thou the time when they bring forth?
3 They bow themselves, they bring forth their young ones, they cast out their sorrows.
4 Their young ones are in good liking, they grow up with corn; they go forth, and return not unto them.
5 Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass?
6 Whose house I have made the wilderness, and the barren land his dwellings.
7 He scorneth the multitude of the city, neither regardeth he the crying of the driver.
8 The range of the mountains is his pasture, and he searcheth after every green thing.
9 Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib?
10 Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?
11 Wilt thou trust him, because his strength is great? or wilt thou leave thy labour to him?
12 Wilt thou believe him, that he will bring home thy seed, and gather it into thy barn?
13 Gavest thou the goodly wings unto the peacocks? or wings and feathers unto the ostrich?
14 Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, and warmeth them in dust,
15 And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beast may break them.
16 She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not her’s: her labour is in vain without fear;
17 Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath he imparted to her understanding.
18 What time she lifteth up herself on high, she scorneth the horse and his rider.
19 Hast thou given the horse strength? hast thou clothed his neck with thunder?
20 Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper? the glory of his nostrils is terrible.
21 He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth on to meet the armed men.
22 He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted; neither turneth he back from the sword.
23 The quiver rattleth against him, the glittering spear and the shield.
24 He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage: neither believeth he that it is the sound of the trumpet.
25 He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.
26 Doth the hawk fly by thy wisdom, and stretch her wings toward the south?
27 Doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and make her nest on high?
28 She dwelleth and abideth on the rock, upon the crag of the rock, and the strong place.
29 From thence she seeketh the prey, and her eyes behold afar off.
30 Her young ones also suck up blood: and where the slain are, there is she.
If a man comes to Christ as a born again, he enjoys the benefit of God’s grace, provision and security. But, if a man must sustain, retain or even constantly enjoy the protection, security, lifting, provision, healing, etc., from God, he must be a man or woman that has answered questions thrown to him by God. These questions may come from different areas and in different stages of a Man’s work with God. It can also take different formats.
From the text, we saw God speaking and pointing attention to Job to different animals and their physical and mental ability, and he is living Job with the questions: Will you rely on them? Will you leave your great work (labour) for them? Do you think you can trust them to bring your grain and gather it to your threshing floor?
The Lord is waiting for an answer from you and me, to take us to the next stage of our relationship with Him. Will you agree to the fact that you need the help, ability and strength of man and animals to take you closer to God, or will your answer be: Lord, I surrender all to you, withholding nothing.
Note: If a man or woman must trust in any strength as great, or leave his or her labour to anyone, it must be God. And, if a man will trust on anything or anyone to bring his all (grains) and gather it to a place of separation and revelation (threshing floor), it must be God.
God is still in the business of healing, providing and delivering, but He is waiting for the man who will answer correctly to His questions. In Mark 9:23 Jesus said, “If you can? Everything is possible for him that believes.”
If your answer to Him will be: I will rely on you and wait on you in all things, in every situation, till you prove yourself in me, from the word I see. Then, you will step into a victorious life.
- Let your answer to God be, I will rely and wait on you.
- Father Lord, grant me grace to always answer right, even in times of trials.
FURTHER READING: Proverbs 24:19-end; Luke 20: 9-26; 2 Corinthians 2:5-end
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ESOCS Devotional 20 September 2023