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The Cry for a Mediator

The Cry for a Mediator  For He is not a man, as I am, that I may answer Him, and that we should go to court together. Nor is there any mediator between us, who may lay his hand on us both. —Job 9:32-33  “If you will just get right with God,” Job’s friends advised, […]

What is Man?

What Is Man?  What is man, that You should exalt him, that You should set Your heart on him…?  —Job 7:17  We are each but a speck of dust on a speck of dust called Earth, which orbits around the sun in a little corner of the Milky Way galaxy. Yet, the Scriptures say that […]

Why Was I Born?

Why Was I Born?  Why did I not die at birth? Why did I not perish when I came from the womb? —Job 3:11  In just a few moments’ time, Job lost his children, his health, and all of his earthly possessions. He found himself a naked soul reduced to the bare essence of existence […]

Conquering Fear

Conquering Fear  Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king,  which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish! —Esther 4:16  At […]

The Haman in Our Lives

The Haman in Our Lives  When Haman saw that Mordecai did not bow or pay him homage, Haman was filled with wrath. But he disdained to lay hands on Mordecai alone, for they had told him of the people of Mordecai. Instead, Haman sought to destroy all the Jews who were throughout the whole kingdom […]

The Nature of God

The Nature of God  But You are God, ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger,  abundant in kindness, and did not forsake them. —Nehemiah 9:17  In this short verse, Nehemiah describes God’s nature by listing a few of His attributes. The first that he mentions is God’s willingness to pardon. Though His people […]

When Opposition Rises Up

When Opposition Rises Up  But it so happened, when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall,  that he was furious and very indignant, and mocked the Jews. —Nehemiah 4:1  No sooner did Nehemiah return to Jerusalem and begin rebuilding the wall than opposition rose against him. In an attempt to stop the work, Sanballat […]

Instant Prayer

Instant Prayer  Then the king said to me, “What do you request?”  So I prayed to the God of heaven.—Nehemiah 2:4  For several months, Nehemiah had prayed for an opportunity to be used in the rebuilding of Jerusalem.    When the king noticed Nehemiah wasn’t his usual happy self, he asked, “Why are you so […]

At s Loss for Words

At a Loss for Words  And now, O our God, what shall we say after this?  For we have forsaken Your commandments.—Ezra 9:10  Just fifty-seven years after God—through Cyrus—released them from captivity so they could return to Jerusalem, rebuild the temple, and resume their worship of Him, Israel had already turned back to the very […]

Maintenance from the King

Maintenance from the King  Now because we receive support from the palace, it was not proper for us to see the king’s dishonor; therefore we have sent and informed the king. —Ezra 4:14  Israel’s neighbors sent this letter to Artaxerxes during the rebuilding of the temple. When their offers of help were rebuffed, they sought […]

No Remedy

No Remedy  And the Lord God of their fathers sent warnings to them by His messengers, rising up early and sending them, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place. But they mocked the messengers of God, despised His words, and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the Lord […]

Redirected Focus

Redirected Focus  Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid nor dismayed before the king of Assyria, nor before all the multitude that is with him; for there are more with us than with him. With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the Lord our God, to help us and to […]