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~ Day Thirty-Nine ~
MAGNIFY
No Other Name
The Book of Job ~ Chapter Thirty-Nine
"Have you given the horse strength?
Have you clothed his neck with thunder?
He mocks at fear, and is not frightened;
nor does he turn back from the sword."
(Job 39:19, 22)
MORNING MEDITATION
Strength
For weeks Job sat on the ash heap surrounded by the debris that was left from the storms that had ravaged his life. But now he was caught in the eye of another storm, engulfed in the whirlwind of God's majesty, and encompassed by the thunderous voice of God. This time, instead of violent winds of chaos, he would be lifted up with wings like eagles up out of the mound of misery to soar to new heights in the heavens and gaze with wonder and awe at the mystery and majesty of the handiwork of God in His creation. When the Lord finished with him, Job would be humbled, but no longer would he see himself as a worthless worm, rather he would strengthened and gain a whole new perspective on what it means to be under the almighty care of the omnipotent Creator and find renewed purpose in the world.

"But this happened that the word might be fulfilled
which is written in their law,
'They hated Me without a cause.' "
(John 15:25)

The religious leaders in Jesus' day claimed to know Jehovah God, but they did not know Him personally or they would have recognized Him by His gracious words and miraculous works in His Son Jesus Christ. The people in Jesus' day had seen His works and they had heard His words, so they had no excuse for their sin, but they refused to admit the truth of who He was and so receive His gracious offerings of forgiveness and freedom. [Feast upon: John 15:18-25] "If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates Me hates My Father also. If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My father" (vv. 22-24). The Lord revealed to His disciples that they had been separated from the world and set apart to God for His purposes. Because of their spiritual position in Christ they could expect to suffer opposition from the world. They would surely endure the same hatred from the world that He Himself endured, because they were citizens of another Kingdom. He wanted them to not be surprised by the cruel opposition they would face in His name, but rather to be strengthened by the knowledge that the world first hated Him, and they were partakers of His sufferings. "Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head; they are mighty who would destroy me..." (Psalm 69:4a). Job knew what it was like to endure the unprovoked attacks of those who did not understand him; he found it more unbearable than the boils that festered on his skin. It is a common thing for the children of God to suffer persecution (1 Peter 4:12). If we were of the world, the world would love us. But since we are of another kingdom, the kingdom of God, we have become enemies of this world and of its' people who want nothing to do with the righteous cause of Christ. "If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified...If anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter" (1 Peter 4:14, 16). There was never anyone so lovely as our Lord Jesus Christ, and yet so hated even from the moment of His birth. It seems the whole world was set against Him, even though He walked among them and loved them - all of them - from the lowest of the poor to the highest ranks. He Himself held no rank that they should be envious of Him, nor any position that they should despise Him, and yet they hated Him without cause. He held no authority over them; in fact, rather than place laws upon them and bind them as the Pharisees had done, He loosened their cords and set people free right in front of them; like the woman caught in adultery (John 8:10, 11). Still they hated Him without a cause! Just as Jesus Christ was the greatest blessing to the land of His people, so also He has been the greatest blessing imaginable to our nation. This country is great because God is good. All who dwell here have enjoyed the fruits of God's benevolent kindness and the gracious showers of His Word and His works that have saturated our land from the beginning; and so, all the inhabitants are without excuse. All should repent and give God the glory out of a grateful heart for being the blessed inhabitants of so rich and prosperous and free a nation as this. However, instead of thanking God for the loving attention and tender care He has given to this nation, there are many who hate Him and curse His name. They want every sign and symbol and memorial that in any way acknowledges or identifies His hand has played any part in the founding or maintaining of this nation to be torn down and tossed into the ash heap, so that future generations will be sure to never know the truth about the Source of the freedoms they enjoy. May God have mercy on us! "Do not keep silent, O God of my praise! For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful have opened against me; they have spoken against me with a lying tongue. They have surrounded me with words of hatred, and fought against me without a cause. In return for my love they are my accusers, but I give myself to prayer. Thus they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love" (Psalm 109:1-5). May God grant us a measure of revival in our day, if we will humble ourselves and repent and turn from our wicked ways and return to our First Love and do the things we did at first (2 Chronicles 7:14; Revelation 2:4, 5). May we heed the sound of the trumpet and not stand still in fear while evil triumphs, but rather rejoice in God's strength and run the course set before us and take back the land! Let us pray and vote! [See note below on the final part of our journey as we end the Magnify season this weekend with 3 days of consecrated prayer, fasting, and repentance leading up to the election with the Book of Joel]."Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together" (Psalm 34:3).

"Let them not rejoice over me
who are wrongfully my enemies;
nor let them wink with the eye
who hate me without a cause.
For they do not speak peace,
but they devise deceitful matters
against the quiet ones in the land.
They also opened their mouth wide against me,
and said, "Aha, aha! Our eyes have seen it."
(Psalm 35:19-21)
AFTERNOON DEVOTION
Read: Job Chapter Thirty-Nine

"He devours the distance with fierceness and rage;
nor does he come to a halt because the trumpet has sounded.
At the blast of the trumpet he says 'Aha!'
He smells the battle from afar,
the thunder of captains and shouting."
(Job 39:24, 25)

The Lord took Job on a personal walk through His creation and called his attention to the intricate details of His grand design and the complexity with which it effortlessly runs without an instance of breakdown or decay from the moment He spoke it into being. Job had been sitting on the ash heap of pain and suffering for weeks, but rather than binding up his broken-heart and tending to his wounds, the Lord took His servant on a tour of the galaxies and on a fishing trip in the deep blue sea. A breath of fresh air and a fresh perspective is just what the doctor ordered to lift Job out of the doldrums of despair; to help him to look beyond his painful circumstances, and instead fix his eyes on the majesty of God in His creation. Job was beginning to get the picture that God wanted him to see and understand as he was reminded of his own insignificance and ignorance, but the Lord was not finished with His servant, there were still deeper and higher places to go. Next, He took Job on a safari ride and showed him an array of wild animals that were under His constant care and protection. One by one He presented Job with various beasts and birds and asked him if he understood how they lived, and if knew how to find food for them and care for them in all their diverse environments. The lion, the goat, the deer, the wild donkey and ox, the raven, the ostrich, the stork, the hawk and eagle, an endless array of animals who were all under the Lord's care paraded in front of him. "These all wait for You, that You may give them their food in due season. What You give them they gather in; You open Your hand, they are filled with good" (Psalm 104:27, 28). The Lord was encouraging His servant to rise up out of the ash heap and stand up and see the glory of the Lord in his midst. "The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing" (Zephaniah 3:17). He cares for every species of animal that mankind overlooks, yet how much more does He care for His people whom He made in His image? As each of these animals has a purpose in God's creation, so too, does each one of God's children have a unique purpose to fulfill. "To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance..." (Ecclesiastes 2:1-4). The time for sitting on the ash heap was ending, and it was time for Job to go on to fulfill the purpose for which his trials have been preparing him for. "He mocks at fear, and is not frightened; nor does he turn back from the sword...nor does he come to a halt because the trumpet has sounded" - "He cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds" (Job 39:22, 24b)! We can get comfortable and complacent in our present circumstances, whether they be burdensome or blessed, and lose sight of the greater work and the battles which lie ahead. May we take a walk with the Lord today, in His Word and in the world, and breathe in the beauty that is all around us and find joy and strength in the sweet reminders of the precision of His care for all of His creation and His creatures, of which we are His utmost priority. Let us pray for those who remain behind closed doors and cut off from the world in this season, that they may be motivated to step out unafraid and take a walk in the garden of God's love and recover lost hope and joy and find renewed strength in the knowledge that the Lord has a place and a purpose for them in His creation and in the embrace of His love. "Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together" (Psalm 34:3).
 
"Make two silver trumpets for yourself;
you shall make them of hammered work;
you shall use them for calling the congregation
and for directing the movement of the camps.
When they blow both of them,
all the congregation shall gather before you
at the door of the tabernacle of meeting.
When you go to war in your land
against the enemy who oppresses you,
then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets,
and you will be remembered before the LORD your God,
and you will be saved from your enemies."
(Numbers 10:2-3, 9)
EVENING PRAYER
"LORD, I know that You can do everything,
and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You."
(Job 42:2)

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Our journey through the Book of Job may be coming to an end this Friday
but our 45-day MAGNIFY journey is not over!

Join us for 3 days of prayer, fasting, and repentance
October 31st through November 2nd
through
The Book of Joel
as we submit to the righteous rule of God's Divine Government
and intercede as the elect in this election season
for the righteousness of the Branch of the Lord
to permeate every branch of government
and the hearts of the people, and heal this land.
"For the LORD is our Judge, the LORD is our Lawgiver,
the LORD is our King; He will save us" (Isaiah 33:22).


"Blow the trumpet in Zion,
consecrate a fast, call a sacred assembly;
gather the people, sanctify the congregation,
assemble the elders, gather the children and the nursing babes;
let the bridegroom go out from his chamber,
and the bride from her dressing room.
Let the priests, who minister to the LORD,
weep between the temple porch and the altar;
let them say, "Spare Your people, O LORD,
and do not give Your heritage to reproach,
that the nations should rule over them.
Why should they say among the peoples,
'Where is their God?' "
(Joel 2:15-17)
"Indeed we count them blessed who endure.
You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord -
´╗┐that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful" (James 5:10).
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