Monday, March 24, 2008


Today, I have read Job 36 though Psalms 12.  I have had my coffee and now I'm just sitting in the rocking chair that the church bought me last year for my birthday.  I'm certainly thankful for it.  This past Sunday was such a wonderful Easter Sunday.  Great crowds, people getting saved, and a tremendous program that evening.  A blessed day. 
The last chapters of Job, God asks Job to answer some questions, like: "Hast thou an arm like God?"  Of course Job cannot answer any of God's questions.  The idea is this:  Don't question God when you don't have any answers yourself!  Finally in chapter 42:5, Job says:  "I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear:  but now mine eye seeth thee."  God becomes real when we pass through the valley of adversity.  He knew of God in the calm of life, but he knew God after the adversities and trials had come into his life.  The last few verses of the book of Job, God doubles all that Job had lost.  Even his children, since he really didn't lose them, they were waiting for him in Paradise.
Psalms is a wonderful book of heart to heart talks between David and his God.  We love Psalms for the comfort and devotional aspects it possesses.  Let me share a few notable thoughts.  Ps. 2:3,4- Man rejects the bands and cords of God's law, but He sits in the heavens and laughs!!  How can little man rebel against God who is so great.  Ps. 4:3 tells us that God has set apart him that is godly for Himself.  Oh to have God set us apart because we seek His face!!  Ps. 8:9- "O LORD our LORD, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!"  The Psalmist describes God in this verse, and all of us stand in awe of our God.  Ps. 11:3-"If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?"  Our foundations have been given us by God.  All authority comes from God, so if these foundations be destroyed, we have little to stand upon.  Thank goodness we still have our God to look to and lean upon.  Well, so much for today.  Join me for tomorrows thoughts.   Pastor Mike Mutchler

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Lessons Learned

In reading Job 15 through 35, we have lessons that Job learns.  In 23:10 he learned: "But he knoweth the way that I take:  when he that tried me, I shall come forth as gold."  Gold is only purified in the heat of the furnance.  Since it is a heavy metal, the impurities float to the top when it is melted to liquid.  We too must go through the furnace of affliction, but not for punishment, but for perfection.  He wants to perfect His will and ways in our lives.  Someone asked the man at the furnace how he knows when the gold and silver have been perfected, and he said it is easy.  The metal must be carefully watched but when the man can see his own face on the surface of the melted metal, he knows the impurities are all gone.  Isn't that what God wants all along?  To see His face reflected in our lives!!  Don't shy away from God's trying, but embrace Him during those times and know that He is working out His will and for your best life.
Well, I'm off to an early morning hospital call, so this is all I can give you today.  May God bless.  Pastor Mike Mutchler

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