Biblical truth standing on its spiritual head to get our eternal attention.

Job 38-42 – Praying through the Bible #166 – A Prayer Finally and Frightfully Answered

| December 1, 2015

Scratched into a wall in Germany during World War II by someone hiding from the Nazi’s are these faithful words: I believe in the sun even when it is not shining. I believe in love even when I am alone. I believe in God even when He is silent. Nothing may be more frightening than […]

Job 30:20-31 – Praying through the Bible #165 – A Prayer of Felt Betrayal

| March 23, 2015

Silence. A silent stare. A turned back. Aggression. Resignation. Contempt. Confusion. Disappointment. Restlessness.  Disease. Ignored. Cast out. Which of these hurts the most? The answer might depend upon the definition and direction of hurt. Job is praying. Again. “Again” is painful knowing that if he had been answered the first, second, third, fourth, or fifth […]

Job 21 – Praying through the Bible #164 – A Prayer from the Wicked

| February 24, 2015

“Why do bad things happen to good people;” is the inverse of “Why do good things happen to bad people?” Most of the rich are unbelievers. Many shadowed by “bad luck” are believers. How do we reconcile this reality with a good God? Something strange happens in Job’s second response to Zophar. He repeats the […]

Job 16-17 – Praying through the Bible #163 – A Prayer About His Children Dying

| February 14, 2015

Was Satan right about Job? Satan’s challenge is this: Would Job be more adversely affected by the ravaging loss of his health (Job 1.22), than the loss of his children (1.11)? Hearing Job talk, it isn’t until the second round of speeches that this godly man even mentions his children: “Surely He has now exhausted […]

Job 13-15 – Praying through the Bible #162 – A Prayer About Resurrection

| February 6, 2015

My relative was schizophrenic. Those who suffer, endure mentally twisted hallucinations and delusions forming false realities. Making this practical, pain can make us experience what I’ll call “sane schizophrenia,” producing unearthly realities. Pain can produce an irrationality of hope superseding human experience. This pained induced thinking then enables us to expand beyond man’s reality, to […]

Job 9-10 – Praying through the Bible #161 – A Prayer Putting God on Trial

| February 4, 2015

Sitting in a court room, the accused is dressed to look respectable; looking respectable looks innocent. The defendant tries to look calm. Each is faking serenity while someone else is deciding their future. Sitting there, they appear to be in total control, while the reality is control is totally out of the grasp. Job feels […]

Job 6-7 – Praying through the Bible #160 – A Prayer About Rash Words

| January 27, 2015

Pain brings rash words. That is the explanation – or rationalization – of Job to Eliphaz (Job 6.3). He does what is so easily and commonly done; He blames God: “Surely the arrows of the Almighty have pierced me; my spirit drinks of their poison. God’s terrors are arrayed against me” (Job 6.4). Job’s physical […]

Job 2-3 – Praying through the Bible #159 – A Prayer Asking Why

| January 22, 2015

Waking up with something physically wrong with my right eye, I thought it was a stye. Hourly, my face’s right side deteriorated. Only 20 years old, I called home panicking and frightened. The entire right side of my face was becoming paralyzed. While traumatic, it was compounded by the fact I was considering becoming a […]

Job 1 – Praying through the Bible #158 – A Prayer I Am Unqualified to Write About

| January 6, 2015

Shooting basketball, my mother walked onto our deck to tell me “Grandmother” died. She was my great-grandmother. I stopped for a few seconds, and then started shooting again. She was the first person related to me who died. I was young, and only met her a few times. One day at college I got a […]

Overviews of the Books of Poetry

| January 7, 2014

Job – When someone says, “It could be worse,” this is “Worse” Psalms – Psongs from a PSoldier Proverbs – What Rehoboam Did Not Learn From Solomon Ecclesiastes – What Solomon Did not Learn from Proverbs Song of Solomon – How Not to Write a Modern Love Poem