Today’s Readings: Job 12 – 14
The challenge of writing a blog post ever day this year is a challenging one. I almost missed today. Today we had a mini Thanksgiving since last November the four of us were in three different countries. It was the first time we had been apart for Thanksgiving in 20 years. So, in the midst of shopping, cooking and eating turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole (we forgot to buy crispy onions for the topping ) and carrot cake I almost forgot to write a blog.
So, just before dozing off in my recliner in front of the television I realized I had not written yet today. So, like a grown man, I got up from my comfy recliner, moved over to the computer to write today’s blog.
As I read the passage for today these verses jumped out at me.
Job 12:11 -12
11 The ear tests the words it hears
just as the mouth distinguishes between foods.
12 Wisdom belongs to the aged,
and understanding to the old.
There are two ideas in the two verses. I will hit the second idea first.
Wisdom and understanding belong to the old. I am only 47 and sometimes I feel old. I have a bad back and sore Achilles tendon, that when they act up, make me feel old. When I see how much energy my daughter has (think of a super ball bouncing off the walls in a small room), I feel old. But then there are other times like when I meet senior saints of the faith when I feel really young, like a kid just out of school. For example, when I am around my dear friends Rich and Kay, who are in their early 70’s I feel like a child. They have such maturity, wisdom, understanding, patience and love. The verse (Job 12:12) really reminds me of them. I wrote a post about them last year… July 8, 1990 – Our Spiritual Parents.
Nonetheless, my main thoughts today have been on the verse in Job 12:11. The idea is that we listen to things and test them out, just like our mouths checks out if food is good or not. If the food is not good, we toss it out. Tonight my turkey was fantastic, but the gravy was too salty. I tested it, advised the others and moved on. Fortunately for us, the turkey was so flavorful and moist that we did not need the gravy.
But that is how I want you to treat my blog posts. Test them. Taste them. If they taste bad – spit them out. Tell me – was the post too salty, too dry, too wrong? Did I speak truth, did I misspeak? Did I distort scripture or did I hit the nail on the head. Taste the post, if it is delicious and worth a second helping, then tell others. If not, run away.
I hold no special degree or certificate or blessing from God to write these posts. I am just a guy like you who happens to want to encourage others to read their Bibles, so I write these posts to try to take the Word and apply to our lives today. So, if I goof up once in awhile, let me know. Taste it, listen to it and if doesn’t taste or sound right, spit it out.