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Daily Devotional
July 28
 
I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that comforteth the mourners.
Job 29:25
 
“I was both a commander and a comforter.”

Remembering past blessings actually improves Job’s present situation. This should not be surprising. In Deuteronomy 8, God declares, “Thou shalt remember all the ways the Lord thy God led thee.” Fourteen more times in the Book of Deuteronomy alone, God commands His people to remember. In days of difficulty, in times of despair, in seasons of despondency, how important it is to simply remember God and the gracious blessings He showers upon us daily (Psalm 68:19).

Will the Lord cast off for ever? And will he be favourable no more? Is his mercy clean gone for ever? Doth his promise fail for evermore? Hath God forgotten to be gracious? Hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah. And I said, This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High. I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings. Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?

Psalm 77:7-13

Walking through his own dark days, the psalmist says, “Will I ever be blessed again?” Then he adds the word selah - an instruction to wait or stop. After that, he goes on to say, “I’m going to look back and remember what God has done for me - the grace He’s shown me, the blessings He has sent my way.”

In this day when so many are depressed, it’s necessary to remember what God has already done and to realize that, because He saw us through in the past, He’s sure to see us through in the future. C. H. Spurgeon said that too often too many of us write our blessings in sand and our infirmities in marble. We focus on our pain and problems - but that ought not be. We must be those who remember, recall, and reflect upon all God has done for us.

“How can this be?” the host of the wedding party said. “Most men serve the good wine at first and the cheaper wine at the end when no one would notice the difference. But you have kept the best for last” (see John 2). Why was the best wine saved for last? Because that’s always the way of the Lord. He always takes us from glory to greater glory (2 Corinthians 3:18).

Job will lament in the next chapter - but here, he’s saying, “Wait a minute. God has been good to me.”

And so must we.
 
This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Day of Feasting" by Pastor Jon. "A Day of Feasting" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the Old Testament books of Joshua through Malachi.  If you would like your own copy of "A Day of Feasting" you may click here to go to the SearchLight Store