Welcome to our summer reading plan.
We’ve got two Old Testament books for you. At first glance you may not be even sure where to find them yet alone think they have anything interesting to say in these lazy hazy days of summer 2018. Well, turn to your Bible index, or click the bible app (www.bible.com) and join us as we stretch our “wisdom” horizons and see just how relevant God’s word can really be.
Check out the link for some background info on Job: https://thebibleproject.com/explore/job/
This week’s readings give us a picture of the intense suffering Job had to endure in every quadrant of his life. He was TESTED! Not easy and yet you might catch a glimpse of what held his heart steady.
Day 1: Job 1, 2:1-10
Try to get a picture of the horrific suffering Job went through. Did you see his response in Job 1:20-22?
Day 2: Job 3
Read along with Job as he tries to make sense of what is happening.
Day 3: Job 6, 7
Can you relate to Job’s discouragement as he pours out his heart to God? He sure doesn’t back down in telling God honestly how he feels. Is there something you need to talk honestly to God about?
Day 4: Job 13
Don’t miss vs. 15. Despite everything that was happening in his life do you see the core belief that kept him from throwing in the towel?
Day 5: Job 23
The testings may been severe but Job is coming to a place of ultimate surrender. May verses 10-11 give you the assurance today that GOD KNOWS and He will never fail the one who places their trust in Him. God is faithful to bring you through dear one!
Day 6: Job 42:1-6
At this point God has finally responded to Job, but not with the answer Job was expecting, Job stops his honest rantings and in humility bows before the One who is in ultimate control. As we prepare for our weekend gatherings are there things you need to humbly give over to God?
For much of this book, Job’s 3 friends supposedly try to “comfort” him. Sadly, they go at him from every angle to convince him these trials are his fault. Better they said less, and prayed more. Just sayin’...
Day 1: Job 2:11-13
Welcome to Job’s comforters. They start out well but the rest of our week’s readings will show a different story. Stay tuned!
Day 2: Job 4-5
Here is friend #1 Eliphaz. Be thinking as you’re reading how you might respond to someone hurting.
Day 3: Job 15
Eliphaz is still on a rant and makes it sound like he has ALL the answers. Helpful?? I think not!
Day 4: Job 16
Job’s friends may NOT be helping but he Job knows he can ALWAYS pour out his heart to God. I hope you find comfort in that truth too.
Day 5: Job 29 - 30
Job feels very alone and abandoned. Can you sense what he really aches for?
Day 6: Job 42:7-10
Job ends up standing in the gap for his friends. Who saw that coming!
Is there a friend that you can reach out to and maybe even invite to church with you this weekend? It might make all the difference in the world!
What do you do when you really need to hear from God and it’s just dead air? Job wrestles with this too and shows us what we can do when all is silent.
Day 1: Job 10
Job has some pretty big complaints and questions. No response from God yet, but he keeps the conversation open.
Day 2: Job 13
Job is still desperate for God to respond. All is silent, and yet Job keeps talking.
Day 3: Job 19; Job 23:1-8
The silence is almost unbearable for Job, but there is a glimpse that Job has not lost faith.
Day 4: Job 38
Over the next couple of days we’re going to listen to how God finally responds to Job. Get ready! It’s jaw-dropping.
Day 5: Job 39, 40:6 to 41:34
What can Job really say to the power and majesty of God!
Day 6: Job 40:3-4; 42:1-6
Job ultimately never gets his big WHY answered, but something even better happens.
Job seems to get the ultimate turn around to the tragic set of circumstances that torpedoed his life. Let’s find out how and why this week.
Day 1: Job 17
Job, even though severely tried keeps turning honestly to God, but it’s interesting that he never asks that God restore everything he lost.
Day 2: Job 19
Job is still slugging through his trial but you’ll see what ultimately is the best blessing he could ever receive.
Day 3: Job 23:10-12
A small reading reprieve today as we’ve been digging deep this week. Job's truest blessing is found because he knows God is ultimately in control.
Day 4: Job 29:7-25
Job truly sought to be a blessing to others. Don’t forget to peek back at Job 1:1 to see where his blessings found their source.
Day 5 Job 42:10-16
And here it is … the great turnaround for Job.
Day 6: James 6:10-11
We’re sneaking away from Job’ for just a moment to see how he was truly blessed. Check it out!
Welcome to Ecclesiastes! This 2nd book in our wisdom study reflects deeply on life itself: its joys and injustices, its brevity and bare realities and invites you to discover where God fits in the mix! Click on the link for some background info on this interesting book: https://thebibleproject.com/explore/ecclesiastes/
Day 1: Ecclesiastes 1:1-11
Solomon drops a bomb of realism that makes you wonder if you should continue reading. Hang in there; he wasn’t called the wisest man who ever lived for nothing!
Day 2: Ecclesiastes 1:12-16; 1Kings 3:5-13
Wisdom has almost become a great burden for this wise teacher. Our passage from 1Kings will give you a glimpse of how it all began for Solomon.
Day 3: Ecclesiastes 2:14-16; 18-23
Solomon begins unpacking things that are “meaningless” “under the sun.” Without God as the centre of our lives, and living this one life for Him, you know what, he might be right.
Day 4: Ecclesiastes:3: 9-11
No one will disagree that Solomon has a melancholy bent, but there are nuggets of truth which we would do well to ponder today.
Day 5: Ecclesiastes 5:8-20
Solomon found the grave danger of leaving God out of the equation. Again, he says it’s meaningless.
Day 6: Ecclesiastes 12
Solomon gives the ultimate source for true meaning in this life. Let’s allow our times of worship this weekend to be a grateful “remembering” of our Creator too!
Solomon has become the epitome of success: wisdom, wealth, women. There was no lack in life, yet is he content?
Day 1: Ecclesiastes 2:1-11
Solomon may have had it all, but as we discover he uses that key word again: “meaningless”. Are we chasing after the right things?
Day 2: Ecclesiastes 4:1-6
Achieving even good things loses its joy if it stems from a heart of envy. (check out what Solomon said in Proverbs 14:30 too)
Day 3: Ecclesiastes 4:7-12
We may have it all, but even the great Solomon knew how empty life is without friends. Maybe today is a great day to say ”thanks” to someone who has impacted your life for good.
Day 4: Ecclesiastes 5:1-7
Solomon gives words of caution today. Life is NOT all about achievement for sure.
Day 5: Ecclesiastes 5:10-20
Solomon’s wealth surpasses anything most of us will ever see, yet his great wealth causes him to say some deep truths, and he ultimately knows where true contentment comes from.
Day 6: Ecclesiastes 6:1-22
Reality check! Here’s another “meaningless” that Solomon struggles with. I wonder if Solomon was lacking in the gratitude department. Let’s think about some things that we are truly grateful for and often overlook.
When it came to pleasures, nothing was off limits to Solomon, yet at what cost?
Day 1: Ecclesiastes 2:4-11
Solomon admits a difficult truth that the things he thought would give him ultimate satisfaction sadly, fall short.
Day 2: Ecclesiastes 2:12-24
Could it be that this life is not meant to totally satisfy us and that we are made for something more?
Day 3: Ecclesiastes 5:18-20
There is satisfaction that comes from honest old-fashioned hard work. Maybe his reflections will change our attitude towards our jobs today. 🙂
Day 4: Ecclesiastes 6:1-9
Solomon sadly ponders that life passes pretty quickly and it’s not always fair.
Day 5: Ecclesiastes 9:1-12
Solomon lets us know how things that really matter SHOULD be enjoyed: that’s lasting pleasure!
Day 6: Ecclesiastes 11: 7-10
This passage bears reading again as Solomon reminds us of the shortness of this life’s trinkets and pleasures and what really lasts for the long haul.
In Solomon’s musings about life’s disappointments, justice is not overlooked. Let’s dive in for our final week of summer readings.
Day 1: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
This poem outlines 14 pairs of events that God orchestrates and allows. If you feel like you are hanging on by a thread know that God is in control of all our times!
Day 2: Ecclesiastes 3: 9-17
Struggling with life’s unfairness? Know ultimately, there is ONE who has ultimate control.
Day 3: Ecclesiastes 3:18-22
Solomon continues his rant but despite life’s injustices, he reminds us that joy and contentment are possible.
Day 4: Ecclesiastes 4:1-3
Justice or the lack thereof sorely grieves Solomon as it often does you and I. What a difference it makes when we know that our God wants to AND can work His good in our lives. (See 1Peter 4:19)
Day 5: Ecclesiastes 5:13-18; 7:15-18
Solomon continues to shake his head at the injustices of life, but tucked in his disillusionment is a truth. Did you find it??
Hey! You made it! If you need some time to catch up on our readings - go ahead and do it, or if you have down time, read Ecclesiastes from beginning to end and allow God to reveal something new to you! See you at our weekend gatherings!