Day One: Fixing Our Eyes – Not Turning Aside

Hebrews 12:2 (NIV) –…fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.

Job 23:11 (NIV) – My feet have closely followed his steps; I have kept to his way without turning aside.

“Some scholars think Job may be the oldest book in the Bible. Whether that is true or not, it certainly deals with one of humanity’s oldest questions: Why does God allow suffering? It isn’t an easy issue, because it goes to the heart of our deepest questions about God. After all, the argument runs, how could a loving and gracious God allow suffering? To put it another way: if God lets us suffer, He must not love us. But that conclusion is false. God does love us, and the proof is the suffering He allowed His Son to endure on the cross. What, then, is the answer to this age-old question? The key is to understand the character of God. That is what Job discovered. No, God never gave him a logical, complete rationale for his suffering. But through his experience, Job came to realize that God could be trusted because He is merciful and loving. And you can trust God too—not because He always gives us all the answers, but simply because He is God.” [Billy Graham, Hope for Each Day Morning and Evening Devotions (p. 457). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.]

Take some time to consider the character of our God especially displayed through our Lord Jesus on the cross.

Prayer: “Father, no matter what I go through, let me not turn aside, but help to me remember and treasure your love and mercy displayed through our Lord Jesus on the cross. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Let’s close in worship to “Once Again” by Matt Redman. [click here]