O Father, I would never desire the suffering of Job. But how You blessed him!
Job recalls what his life was like before the troubles came. Like Job, I often feel “Your lamp shining on my head” giving me the light I need to see. You allow me to “walk through the darkness” by Your light. Many times, in dire circumstances, Yours was the only light I had. And it helped me find my way.
And like Job, I feel “Your intimate friendship blessing my house.” When You are with me, my path is blessed and You provide for all my needs. My children are around me and Your security and peace are here. I know there are calamities You have saved me from, because I see them in people’s lives everywhere. Thank You.
Father, I desire that like Job, when people hear of me, “they would speak well of me and commend me.” Job thought that this light and peace and favor would last throughout his life. But that is not guaranteed.
Father, remind me to show You my appreciation for all You have done for me. It’s only by Your grace and mercy I have been blessed. And I pray I would always live in Your presence and enjoy Your blessing.
The Psalmist put it so picturesquely, “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for You, O God.” Without the replenishing energy of water, a body will dehydrate due to physical activity, even just breathing. And just as the body needs water, and cannot go for long without it, my spirit needs You.
Like the deer, I thirst for Your presence, Your friendship, Your blessing. You are the resource I need, that brings life. Not just occasionally, but repeatedly, and often.
The deer pants for “streams of water.” Not stagnant pools, or brackish puddles; but fresh, flowing, living water. Father, You are Living Water. Help my spirit drink deeply of Your Word, Your Truth, Your Presence.
Do not let me go to other sources that will not refresh, that will not bring life as You do. Drinking from those polluted sources will only make me sick, dull my spirit, and lead me to crave the things of the world and the flesh and the evil one.
Thank You for the refreshing, physically and spiritually life-giving water that You give. I will seek it out, and be refreshed. Amen
Job 29:1-25; Psalm 42:1