Give me oil in my lamp….

7 02 2011

DAY THIRTY-SEVEN : Job 38 v. 1 – 40 v. 2; Matthew 24 v. 32 – 25 v. 13; Psalm 18 v. 37 – 42;

JOB – Finally, God speaks !
As I travelled in to Radio Lancashire this morning, as guest on the Sunday morning faith programme, they were playing the song, “There are more questions than answers”. It seems like God fires hundreds of questions at Job, all designed to show how mighty and awesome He is.
“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?” etc., etc., etc..

                  (THE NORTHERN LIGHTS – AWESOME!)

The first eleven verses today restate God’s creative power.
Verses twelve to thirty-eight indicate God’s control of the elements (morning, the sea, light, snow, thunder, stars, rain clouds).
In verse thirty-nine through all of chapter thirty-nine, God is the great provider for all creatures (lion, raven, goats, donkeys) – reminiscent of Jesus’ ‘look at the birds of the air – God provides for them! How much more will He provide for you…’.

All these questions point to the mighty, all-powerful, all-knowing nature of God. How can Job challenge God? How can Job suggest God needs correcting?
We’ll see how Job responds, tomorrow, in the last installment of his book.

MATTHEW – all the signs of the end times spoken of yesterday are not to enable us to guess or predict the exact time, but to urge us to be ready, to prepare ourselves to meet Jesus. Jesus’ claim that ‘this generation’ will not pass away before all this has happened clearly hasn’t meant that His own generation were the ones who would see the end times, although they did see many of the signs! The parable Jesus teaches next indicates to me that each generation, reading this gospel, could be the last….the need is to be ready and prepared.
Verses 39 – 41 remind me of a Larry Norman song – “I wish we’d all been ready” – which had an impact on my life in my teens :
“Two men walking up a hill
 One disappears and one’s left standing still
 I wish we’d all been ready
 But there’s no time to change your mind
 The Son has come, and you’ve been left behind.”
Jesus’ charge is that His disciples are alert and keep watch. He will come, like a thief in the night, unexpectedly, without warning.
In chapter 35, Jesus give us three things to focus on as we await His second coming. Firstly, prepare ourselves :

(Give me oil in my lamp, keep me burning ’til the break of day)

Oil is a symbol here of spiritual preparedness, spiritual energy. Though all ten slept, only half of them were prepared for the coming day. Of the request to share the oil, that the prepared ones give some oil to the unprepared, Wesley writes, “No one has more than enough holiness for himself”.
Each one of us will stand before the Lord, and cannot depend upon the ‘oil’ of others. Seek His fulness, His in-filling today.

PSALM –  the psalmist tells of his experience of God arming him with strength to defeat his enemies. ‘You made my adversaries bow at my feet’ (just remembering Joseph’s dreams all over again, and the fulfilment as his brothers bow before him, in Egypt).

My re-created thoughts :

Words of a song I wrote some time ago –

I wish I could pray you into heaven
Lead you to the door
Help you understand that in this life
There’s so much more
But, now you know, it’s true
That it’s all down to you
Open your heart to the Father above
Open your heart to the God who loves.




2 responses

11 05 2012
Renate Arp

Like!!! Very nice oil lamp!!!
Gefällt mir sehr gut. Das ist eine sehr schöne Öllampe!!!

11 05 2012
Renate Arp

Jesus is the light of this world. Very nice image. Like much!

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