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Read Your Bible Devotional
Read Your Bible Devotional

Episode 24 · 2 years ago

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Read Your Bible Devotional with Pastor Brad Reynolds

Hello and welcome to read Your Bible devotional with Pastor Brad Reynolds. We are reading through the Bible in a year. This daily devotional will help keep your heart in mind and God's word. Use your phone to download and listen to Pastor Brad Reynolds Audio podcast. You can find a RSS feed link on our website, www dot do bury baptist clarksbridgecom. Welcome to yesterday. What, welcome to last year? What? We ever want to go back in time? Many of us have. If you could go back in time, would you? Do you think that your best days were yesterday? You look fondly at the pass were those days the good old days? The answer to these...

...questions probably depends on what you're going through right now. If life is full of trials and there's probably a desire go back to a simpler or less trying time. Further we're in the midst of trials, we might desire to go back and time in order to change the future so that we wouldn't have the trials we're in light, to do something differently, which might in turn after the current trials, especially if such trials were a result of poor choices. We're in job chapters twenty eight through thirty one. Today and Joe's trials were not a result of poor choices. Nevertheless, Joe Voices the desire to go back in time, to go back to a time when he wasn't played by his current circumstances. And Joe, Chapter Twenty Nine, Verse Two joke says...

...how I long for months gone by. We're making our way through job and chapters twenty eight through thirty one. Job just goes on a rampage. I mean he's heard it from his friends so far, LF as bill to add. He they've just continually been chewing on him and he's at it and he just goes and just goes on the rampage and he in that real moment of expressing his frustration at his friends and what they're saying, he makes sustain where he longs for months that have gone by and a very real moment of humanity. Job reflects on what is life was like just a few months ago. Everything was great. It was as if he was living the perfect life. He was walking with God, he had a powerful ministry, he had a...

...great family, he was never in Walt, he was never in pain, he was respected by all arounding. Life was heaven on earth, so to speak, and in in an instant all was gone and in his lone sick bed, with nothing else left in this world, he goes and recalls the good old days, the days gone by. When our lives crumble before our eyes, it is very tempting in human to reflect on what was before the trial ever came about. We're in an a trial as a world, as a nation, as individuals. Right now with covid nineteen, we're dealing with...

...that and we think back just to a few months ago when we could come to our church and worship together and we could walk up to people and shake hands and go and grab something and take our friends out to the movies or to dinner and and everything seems to be good. And in an instant all of that's changed. Some have suffered even more than others, losing their jobs, and there's a temptation, not just now, but any time we go through trials, there's a temptation. I wish, wish I could go back to where I was. Wish I could go back to a year ago. I wish I could go back to two years ago. We sish I could go back when life was so much matter we seem to Romanticize. Yesterday we find ourselves wronging for what was and reflecting on what we could have done differently...

...to avoid the trials in which we returned leaving Joe belongs for and even reflects on months going by. He further confesses days of suffering grip him as his life slips away. That's found in chapter thirty in verse Sixteen. But the days of suffering grip him and his life is slipping away. The reflection leads him to his confession as to why it has occurred. All he wanted to do was serve is God faithfully and free from sin, flee from sin. He says that in chapter thirty one. He basically says, you know, long before this came, all I ever want to do is serve my God faithfully and flee from any sin in my life. Why would God not use...

...him still? You know, that's many of us. All we want to do is faithfully serve God and flee from sin and in that faithful service to God and that trying to do right. We have trials. We don't know why they are, we don't know why they've come, and we think through these trials and we think, I wish I could go back to win. Things were so much better and God was using me and things were so smooth. God, are you done? Are you done with me? Is this it? Those thoughts were plague Joe that times. Perhaps they plague us.

Job was soon to learn the lesson that the night is darkest just before the Dawn. They'll never forget them. Whatever trial that you're facing or that you will face, when you go through it and it gets difficult, in the dark, this gets around you in the night is so dark and you're like, I can't see anything, can't even see the next step I'm to take. I'll never forget the night is darkest right before that first light shines, right before that first ray of Sun comes in. That's when the night is darkest. And actuality. God would exalt Joe. He would restore jobs, life, he would restore jobs, health, he would restore jobs, family, he would restore jobs, wealth, he would restore jobs, ministry.

Job's greatest days. We're actually ahead of his greatest days. Weren't two months ago. He loaned for those days because they seem to be the greatest days. His family is wealth, is respect, his health, his ministry. They seem to be the greatest. And his trial comes into his life and he's lost all of it and he's like, oh if I could just go back to yesterday, and God is saying, Joe, don't desire for yesterday, home for tomorrow. Your greatest days are ahead of you. You may be in the darkest trial right now of your life, but your greatest days are ahead of job would be rejuvenated, he would be renewed, he would be able to mount up with wings like eagles. This passage is a clear...

...reminder the no matter what the falls us, God is not finished with us. In fact, your greatest days are ahead pastor, you don't understand how old I am. You Know Moses's Greatest Ministry started after age eighty. It's amazing. Your greatest days are ahead of you. In fact, until you breathe your last your greatest influence, your greatest blessings and your greatest ministry lie. Believe it. Believe it by faith. Believe God has you here still for a reason, and that reason is to do something greater than he's ever...

...done before your life. By faith, believe it and declaring well, I hope you're enjoying our study through the book of Job. I know I am. We're going to be in job chapter thirty two through thirty four tomorrow. I won't encourage you to go ahead and begin reading ahead and be ready for that as we study those japs. Let me close this some other thank you. Thank you that our greatest days are ahead. Like many watching this, I to find myself at times longing for days gone by, Romanticizing the past, looking back and saying, weren't those the good old days? All the time, through your word, through your servant job, you're saving your best days God, I believe, by faith in Jesus name. Thank you again...

...for joining us today.

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