08/06/19 Dust and Ashes

READING: Job 40-42, Acts 27:13-28:6

I’m sure you’re a much smarter person than I, but perhaps you could have joined me through the years in admitting that we sometimes speak too quickly and without sufficient knowledge. Job admitted this problem in his own life as God reminded him of His power and majesty. Indeed, Job spoke words that you and I can likely speak, too: “Surely I spoke about things I did not understand, things too wondrous for me to know” (Job 42:3).

Frankly, as a young pastor I was so afraid of not knowing all the answers that I thought saying, “I don’t know” would weaken my ministry. I didn’t fabricate answers, but I tried my best to explain everything in order to show my knowledge of God and His ways. Now many years later, I could write for the next several days and still not fully list the many times God has shown me otherwise! I, too, had spoken far too many times about things I did not understand.

To this day, I am still learning that I am only “dust and ashes” (Job 42:6)—and I can only fall on my face before Him. Perhaps you’re still learning the same, too. If so, that’s not a bad place to be.

PRAYER: “Father, I’ve too often spoken about things I didn’t understand. Forgive me.”      

TOMORROW’S READING:  Psalm 1-7, Acts 28:7-31