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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions For September 16, 2022
Potter And Clay

Daily Devotions:
by Christina Farris

Job 10:1-22 KJV
1 My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint upon myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
2 I will say unto God, Do not condemn me; shew me wherefore thou contendest with me.
3 Is it good unto thee that thou shouldest oppress, that thou shouldest despise the work of thine hands, and shine upon the counsel of the wicked?
4 Hast thou eyes of flesh? or seest thou as man seeth?
5 Are thy days as the days of man? are thy years as man's days,
6 That thou enquirest after mine iniquity, and searchest after my sin?
7 Thou knowest that I am not wicked; and there is none that can deliver out of thine hand.
8 Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round about; yet thou dost destroy me.
9 Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the clay; and wilt thou bring me into dust again?
10 Hast thou not poured me out as milk, and curdled me like cheese?
11 Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, and hast fenced me with bones and sinews.
12 Thou hast granted me life and favour, and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit.
13 And these things hast thou hid in thine heart: I know that this is with thee.
14 If I sin, then thou markest me, and thou wilt not acquit me from mine iniquity.
15 If I be wicked, woe unto me; and if I be righteous, yet will I not lift up my head. I am full of confusion; therefore see thou mine affliction;
16 For it increaseth. Thou huntest me as a fierce lion: and again thou shewest thyself marvellous upon me.
17 Thou renewest thy witnesses against me, and increasest thine indignation upon me; changes and war are against me.
18 Wherefore then hast thou brought me forth out of the womb? Oh that I had given up the ghost, and no eye had seen me!
19 I should have been as though I had not been; I should have been carried from the womb to the grave.
20 Are not my days few? cease then, and let me alone, that I may take comfort a little,
21 Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death;
22 A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness.

Job in his weakness, not is faith, but his physical strength began to speak of the need to understand God's destruction on his life. Had he not molded Job himself to now have destruction befall him? How old was Job maybe mid life in age based on the fact he had children that were drinking. I want to talk about midlife crisis today, most people feel it and experience it in some format, even if it only a mild cases of midlife crisis. Job was experiencing a crisis because Satan had desire to test one of God's people. God had agree to allow him to test Job.

In truth the midlife crisis either will take your further then you desire to go away from God, or pull you closer in faith to God. Meaning the road in the midlife crisis will either teach you reliance or will disable you in your faith to where you come to a place it seems your faith has to be rebuilt. The rebuilding project of God is for a purpose. He may have you on the potter wheel all this time, to bring you to a place he molding you all over again, not that he doesn't like what he created, the devil wants to see if you had to begin again would you.

God rebuilding our life, keeping us on the potter wheel and deciding to create something else out of us, seems like a job no one wants. You got the baggage of a life time at midlife and you got the strength of someone aging. The endurance and stubbornness of growing old. God wanting to change all that, I have to ask, what is God thinking. Job anguish is partly with the starting over he was going to have to do. His life literally shipwrecked with lost of family, with herds of animals, and even destruction of property of his children. Yet starting over he must, but in meantime he is asking God why destroy to rebuild(vs 8). Some never recover the way Job recovered. Some recover only to see the labor of their own hands and not to hear the praising of God because he provided out of his bounty and not ours.

The starting over is nothing uncommon to man, but when God's hand seems to be in one's life and one's world is destroyed, one might ask why? His God perfecting your mold, to remove that one flaw hidden deep inside what he originally was molding, you might hope not, but in truth it exactly what God was allowing the testing of the enemy to do. He allowed him to take Job back to the beginning where his faith began before the herds, before his children, and so forth. Then God took Job and allowed him to testify of who he is, with his finite mind only to be allowed to see God infinite glory. Only for him to fall on his knees by the last chapter in repentance of his own self-righteousness that says he deserves something and does not deserve justice because of his righteousness, but must face life as everyone else, knowing God greatness gives us mercy in our life.

Job is thrust in the darkness of the shadow of God, but is not exempt from the world's destruction or from enemy's test. Put in darkness of the world to allow God's light to shine in the world. Our struggles become light of faith to others and of God's glory when we come to a place we can honor God in our struggle. Yet our test is often our struggles, for in darkness of the shadow of God we can not see his light at times. Think of a mother goose with her gosslings under her wing. They can see out, unless they stick their head out of the wing. They can not see the danger of the world when shelter in the storm under that wing. Yet they can peek out and see the storm, they can peek out and see the glory of God in the midst of the rain passing. Knowing that rainbow of promise is our protection from a global flood. That God's seal of first his word that we are children not of destruction but of everylasing hope. That our day of deliverance is real.

We do not always see the hope under the shadow of God but we see it when we come into the light of his word. The hope shining forth to us and that light shining in us to others. The promise Jesus being fulfilled, being light to us in the shadow of God, that within is the light of God shining bright to be able to shine light in the darken world if we just step out in faith and stop hiding behind faith. Sadducees and pharisees hide behind the cloak of the temple created by God, including the laws, never stepping outside the realm to see the people huring in the need of God. Sometimes we got to be remolded and rebuild to see beyond the walls the world's hurting outside our own realm.

After the exile God sent his people back into Jerusalem to rebuild the temple and in difficult times they would struggle. Yet instead of bring people in, they were chasing people away that wanted the light of God. The walls of temple would come tumbling down, but first the Messiah had to come. The time of exile showed Israel the need of the light of God, but in the process Israel tried to shut God away from the people. When the Messiah came he went into highways and by ways of life to demonstrate his power and glory.

God came rebuilding Israel to it glory, but would tear it down with his glory. His glory rising with man destroying. God's word bring forth fruit even when man tries to hide it in a box. Man tries to destroy the truth of his word, that is for all mankind. His building for the world to see his glory. One day we see his glory returning to the earth, when that eastern sky opens and reveals his Son once more. God's word never intend to be hid under a bush, but shine forth outside the bush. Not to be hide in a temple but to shine forth in the fields and valleys. If God is rebuilding you, and rebuilding your faith, ask yourself were you in a box, where God's light is not shining out in front of you, but hide from the world.

No one is called to be a Sadducee or Pharisee. Those roles are given by birth, not call of God on a person's life. The prophet outside the temple was a call of God on a person's life. The prophet going forth into the world spreading the light of God. Not just in a temple, but throughout the world. Giving the world knowledge of God and Christ Jesus. If you not behind the pulpit of tradition you in the pulpit by the call of God in your life. The pulpit being whereeer you are standing or sitting on at the time. Not in the box of a church.

Job was being rebuilt for God's glory and honor, to demonstrate God's built Job's faith and it could not be destroyed by some old test of the serpent fire. God would win in the life of Job. As a believer in Christ if it seems there is destruction in your life, think again, that mid life crisis is your rebuilding time of faith. It your reconstruction of removing those errors right out of your life. Rebuilding is just in sight.

Dear Heavenly Father, allow destruction for your rebuilding, so your light shines forth in our life. Rebuild us to be a perfect workman in image, to be ready for either your return, or our going home to be with you. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study: Daniel 9:25-27 KJV
25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

2 Corinthians 1:4-7 KJV
4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
6 And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.
7 And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.


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