Miserable Friends … by Pastor Wayne Foster

Today’s Reading – Job 15 – 18 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – Click here to view the passage from Blue Letter Bible)

(Second Milers Read – Philippians 1 – 4; Psalms 41 – 45; Proverbs 9)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture song – Psalm 51

Read the “0609 Evening and Morning” devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“Then Job answered and said, I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are ye all.” (Job 16:1-2)

Everyone has been through tough times. The times that seemed like everything was just going wrong, and everywhere you turned the walls were closing in. This is where Job finds himself having lost everything. He lost all of children, and all of his wealth. In times like this, when we are in the depths of despair we need encouragement.

Where do we get encouragement from? Hobbies, family, or friends. They are to bring us comfort, hope, joy, love, even peace (Romans 12:15).  Job’s “friends” didn’t come with encouragement; they came with judgmental attitudes. Job called them “miserable comforters” (Job 16:2).  With everything that’s going on in the world today, it’s easy to be unsympathetic to people. There are a lot of people hurting. Even those closest to us could be hurting inwardly without showcasing it to those around them. Often it is easier for us to be judgmental than empathetic. As Christians we should feel others hurt in our hearts. When Job was suffering emotionally and physically, he needed friends to give him encouragement. Sometimes in life you just have “miserable friends.” The ones who are always complaining about this or that. The ones who are the “Negative Nancy’s”, or “Debbie Downers.” In times of deep grief, we need support. Unfortunately, instead of looking up, most of us draw that support from our “miserable friends.” So how do we keep ourselves from being those “Miserable Friends” Job had?  How do we encourage others?  A true Christian friend can be supportive, loving and caring. The best way we can do this is by pointing people to Christ. Keep your eyes on Jesus. He is whom we draw our hope, and strength from. Show kindness. Show love. Don’t be a “miserable friend.”

Pastor Wayne, Dawn, and Baby Foster

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God Is in the Details by Wayne Z. Foster

Today’s Passage – Exodus 25 – 27 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – Click here to view the passage from Blue Letter Bible)

(Second Milers also read – Luke 11 – 12Proverbs 28Psalms 136 – 140

Listen to this morning’s Scripture song – Psalm 48:1 & 2

Read the “0128 Evening and Morning“ devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

Read a previous post from this passage – “Pattern What You Preach

“And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it.” (Exodus 25:8-9)

In a broad overview, Exodus 25-27 speaks of the order of God. The God that created the universe. The God that created you and me. He is a God of detail. He does things with great care, and everything is by design. As believers we should try to emulate our Lord. A true statement and one we should live by is: “preparation is the key to success.” We should prepare and plan so that we can excel in the details like our Savior (1 Corinthians 14:40).

Exodus 25:2 discusses our offerings. Our offerings are an opportunity to worship our God. Worship should be done with a willing and cheerful attitude. We should be glad and willing to give him our time, abilities, and finances. Be willing to give of yourself (Roman 12:1)

The Old Testament is a beautiful recording of history. Every word is breathed from the mouth of God.  It is a very intricate puzzle. When completed, it shows Jesus as our Lord and Savior, who died on the cross, and rose from the grave.

The Ark it is a picture of Christ. Made of wood, it spoke of Christ’s humanity.  The Ark was overlaid in Gold. This speaks of His deity, the hypostatic union.  The mercy seat pointed to Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary in which He shed his blood to blot out our sins forever. The Ten commandments in the ark shows Christ as the Truth (John 1:17). He was the only person who walked in truth, and fulfilled the law. Due to this He was able to give grace. The manna shows us Christ as our sustainer. He is the Bread of Life (John 6:35). Aaron’s rod that budded pointed to His resurrection, and the work that he does in the believer.  “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;” (Ephesians 2:1).

In Chapter 26 of Exodus the tabernacle pointed to the Holiness of God.  There is a process that had to be completed. To approach God because he is holy, we should remember as Christians that one of the defining attributes of God is His holiness.  The Seraphims do not say Love, Love, Love.  They fly in the presence of God saying “Holy, holy, holy” (Isaiah 6:3 and Revelation 4:8).

Exodus 27 is all about the Altar. The altar in our lives is a place to live, not visit.  We need to die daily to self to be affective Christians (1 Corinthians 15:31).  It is hard to sacrifice what you love. We as human beings love ourselves. We constantly put ourselves first in our decisions, not God.  Through life we must fight to demote the flesh, and put Christ and others first before ourselves.

Pastor Wayne and Dawn Foster.
Brother Foster is the pastor of Open Bible Baptist Church in Millville, NJ.

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