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Lord, Lead Us Away From Danger–Job 36:16


Today’s Scripture Reading: Job 35:1-37:24

Today’s Devotion: Watch Out, You May be Seduced

Heavenly Father, in today’s reading Elihu told Job that You were leading him away from danger to a place free from distress; that You were setting his table with the best food (Job 36:16).

Lord, as the conditions in our world seem to grow more dangerous everyday, we need You to lead us away from danger; away from seemingly shiny, exciting things, people and places that will ultimately mean death for us.

Jesus, I’m so glad You are in Heaven preparing a place of safely and celebration.  Help us to heed the words of Elihu:

But you are obsessed with whether the godless will be judged. Don’t worry, judgment and justice will be upheld. But watch out, or you may be seduced by wealth. Don’t let yourself be bribed into sin. Job 36:17-18

Father, Your Word is so precious.  I woke up in the middle of the night concerned for a family member, not knowing how to pray and once again, Your Word gave me the words to pray:

Jesus, lead _______ away from danger.  Help _________ not to be seduced by wealth.  Don’t let __________ be bribed into sin.

Holy Spirit, thank you for waking me up to intercede for someone I love very much.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

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©2011, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Job 38:1-40:5

Lord, Help Me Not to Judge–Job 34:7


Today’s Scripture Reading: Job 32:-34:37

Today’s Devotion:  Whose Opinion is Most Important?

Heavenly Father, I noticed something in Job today I’ve never really seen before.  It’s a book about judging others and just how wrong we can be.  Today we heard from “friend” number four; a feisty, arrogant, young guy, who was so wrong about Job.

Lord, how many times do we do this?  How many times do we judge people to their face?  How many times to we judge them behind their backs?  How many times do we judge them in our minds?

Forgive us, Lord God.

Help us to learn from this example that things are not always as they seem.  It’s much better to err on mercy than judgement.

Jesus, help us to learn from these words you spoke while you were on this earth:

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged.  For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.

And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye?

Hypocrite!  First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye. Matthew 7:1-5

Holy Spirit, baptize us with compassion and mercy so that we can be Jesus not judge, to everyone we meet today.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

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©2011, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Job 35:1-37:24

How Do You Deal With the Prosperity of Others? Genesis 26:14


Today’s Scripture Reading:  Genesis 25:27-28:5

These are tough times.  I spoke with someone today who has been out of work for almost a year.  Several of my friends are battling life threatening health problems and many have family members who are seriously ill.  Too many couples I know are considering divorce.

When you’re going through a hard place, how do you deal with the prosperity of others?

I’m afraid that most of us react the same way the Philistines did when they saw the supernatural prosperity of Isaac.

When Isaac planted his crops that year, he harvested a hundred times more grain than he planted, for the Lord blessed him. He became a very rich man, and his wealth continued to grow. He acquired so many flocks of sheep and goats, herds of cattle, and servants that the Philistines became jealous of him. So the Philistines filled up all of Isaac’s wells with dirt. These were the wells that had been dug by the servants of his father, Abraham. (Genesis 26: 12-15)

Is jealousy the initial reaction of most human beings?

Have you ever asked yourself, a friend, or God…

  • Why do they have it so easy?
  • Why do they have such an easy time getting pregnant and having babies?
  • Why do they have such a nice house?
  • Why do they have such a wonderful marriage?
  • Why do they have such a healthy family?
  • Why do they get all the promotions?
  • Why do they never struggle with their weight?

The Philistines not only asked those questions they took their jealousy to the next level; they decided to destroy Isaac through his most important resource, his water.

I feel pretty confident in saying that none of us have filled our neighbors wells with dirt, but we have done things just as destructive…

  • Torn them down with our words
  • Started rumors and repeated gossip about them
  • Stopped being their friend

Whether we’re throwing dirt in a well or spreading the destructive venom of gossip, God cannot and will not bless that behavior.  The consequences of unbridled jealousy have eternal significance, set a bad example of other Christians (especially our children), and cause non-Christians to be repulsed by our hypocrisy.

What should we do when we feel the fire of jealousy rising up?

  1. Call it what it is: “Lord, I’m jealous.  Forgive me.”
  2. Pray for greater blessings to be given to that person.

Repeat the process as often as necessary.

I’m sure jealousy will be one of Satan’s favorite tools until Jesus returns, but when we recognize what it is and where it comes from and then remember how God feels about it, letting go of those feelings of envy and jealousy will become much easier.

Heavenly Father, forgive us of our jealous thoughts and feelings.  Holy Spirit, help us to immediately recognize the spirit of jealousy rising up within us.  Help us to say “no” to those feelings and send genuine blessings in place of jealousy and envy.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


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©2011, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Genesis 28:6-30:24

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