Feeling Froggy?

          Sometimes, maybe even most of the time, we can feel pretty good about ourselves. Yes, we’re thankful when we’re not facing discomfort, debilitating illness, crippling debt, and tough decisions. And when things are going well, it’s very easy to start patting ourselves on the back a bit too much. We may pray less, read the Bible not as often, and find little excuses to skip church. After all, while God is orchestrating great circumstances, why not take advantage of the energy we feel and spend time on some new and varied activities? In other words, we’re feeling froggy.

           At times like these good times, we run the risk of sounding like Job toward the end of his book in the Bible. After hearing all his first three friends had to say about the reasons for his misfortunes, Job gave a rundown of all the good things he had been doing right in his life. Job was feeling froggy in his attitude toward himself. Listen to some of God’s own words to Job:

  •  Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said: “Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answerMe.Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Or who shut in the sea with doors, when it burst forth and issued from the womb; when I made the clouds its garment, and thick darkness its swaddling band; when I fixed My limit for it, and set bars and doors; when I said, ‘This far you may come, but no farther, and here your proud waves must stop!’
  • “Have you commanded the morning since your days began, and caused the dawn to know its place, that it might take hold of the ends of the earth, and the wicked be shaken out of it?…
  • “Have you comprehended the breadth of the earth? Tell Me, if you know all this. Where is the way to the dwelling of light? And darkness, where is its place, that you may take it to its territory, that you may know the paths to its home? Do you know it, because you were born then, or because the number of your days is great?…
  • “Who has divided a channel for the overflowing water, or a path for the thunderbolt, to cause it to rain on a land where there is no one, a wilderness in which there is no man; to satisfy the desolate waste, and cause to spring forth the growth of tender grass? Has the rain a father? Or who has begotten the drops of dew? From whose womb comes the ice? And the frost of heaven, who gives it birth? The waters harden like stone, and the surface of the deep is frozen…
  • “Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, that an abundance of water may cover you? Can you send out lightnings, that they may go, and say to you, ‘Here we are!’? Who has put wisdom in the mind? Or who has given understanding to the heart?…
  • “Who provides food for the raven, when its young ones cry to God, and wander about for lack of food?” Job 38:1-41 (NKJ)

           Sometimes, we need to read all the way through Job chapters 38 – 40 just to keep the “frogginess” at bay in our own attitudes. If we don’t do it ourselves, God is perfectly able to send reminders our way, and I don’t think we want that, do we?

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©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 And pick up a copy of Sharon’s new book, Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame, available at Christian bookstores, online, from New Hope Publishers, and from the Life That Matters Ministries’ website.

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~ by sanewriter on August 26, 2011.

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