Remember when I went to the furniture auction a few weeks ago? Ok…so if you don’t–we were stir crazy at my house with NOTHING to do…so we drove by a furniture auction. Richard circled the warehouse while I ran inside, got a number, won 6 dining room chairs ($30 each!) and this for 50 BUCKS!
Okay, okay–granted I had NO place to put it…but no one else was bidding, and I thought you couldn’t go wrong with $50. Richard wasn’t amused. Boo. SO—yesterday, the kids and I sanded it…
They thought the power sander was SO COOL. And then we painted it…two fabulous coats of Benjamin Moore (my favorite) paint. A very, very faint blue…almost white paint. It’s still drying…but after it’s all dry, lightly sanded and then waxed—I’ll put it back together and show ya where I chose to put it…and nope, not in a bedroom.
We also made a trip to the Family Christian Bookstore for the 2nd time this week. This visit was WAY more pleasant that our first one (where I locked my keys in the van and waited 2 hours for Mr.AAA to come break in my car for me. I will say Laney and Parker loved it because we have done ZERO tv, cartoons, etc for awhile and she got to see VeggieTales and they were GLUED to their tv…Frank however, was a different story). One today’s visit though we spotted this on the Valentine display…
The reviews look really good too:)
Chapter 35 – Elihu reminds Job of God’s Justice Everything Elihu said in this chapter is true–depending on how you interpret it. God’s CHARACTER is not changed whether or not we send. But I wouldn’t go as far as Elihu did in saying that God is not changed (or effected) by our sin. I think Elihu made a bit of a mistake in singling out this attribute as he failed to talk about God’s love and grace. Because God loves us so much–He hurts when we hurt…He is pained when we sin…He loves us as a father…and redeems sinners. AND the part Elihu left out is really the part that, I believe, Job needed to hear most. In all of these chapters, how I want a friend to just say, “Job, the Lord loves you deeply. I know it may not look like it–but I believe He loves you deeply.”
Oh that we would be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. I hear a bit of anger in Elihu, and very little love. How I want to speak more love and people to leave encouraged in the Lord rather than hurt and discouraged. Our tongues are very powerful, life-changing tools. May the words of your mouth be glorifying to the Lord today–All. Day. Long. Help us Lord…we need Your strength to make this possible.
Chapter 36 I have to say there are some points of Elihu’s in this chapter that I just don’t agree with. Boo to Elihu. “He does not let the wicked live”…I’m afraid He does. Not all wicked people are distroyed—and many righteous men are taken early. “If they listen and obey God they will be blessed with prosperity”…not always Elihu. BUT he does make some rather good points…I do agree that many times hard things happen to protect us (verses 16-21) and to keep us in His will.
Chapter 37 Are ya ready for Elihu to stop talking already?! Well, you aren’t the only one…even Elihu has to ask Job to pay attention in this chapter. A storm is a-brewin’ and Elihu paints a final picture of the Lord’s sovereignty. Elihu’s final words remind us that although there are many things that God does that we may not ever understand and the fact that we can’t understand God fully, that God is JUST and He has a purpose for those hardships. Job has longed for the answer to His…and guess what is coming up next?! FINALLY…THE LORD SPEAKS TO HIM! And can you REALLY wait until tomorrow to read it!? Is Job read?! Are you?!