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Can you loosen Orion's belt? - Job 38

Why Worry?

God feeds the birds and waters the grass; every hair is counted on my head. Am I not worth more than two sparrows? Luke 12:7 “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his spawn of life?” Matthew 6:34; Luke 12:25. In fact, embrace every moment as if it was my last. Destiny is this: Death. Ecclesiastes 7:2God protects me wherever I go. Isaiah 41:10.  He has written and planned all my days. Psalm 139:16. He goes before me, and will never leave nor forsake me. Deuteronomy 31:8. Thus, knowing “everything comes from God,” Romans 11:36,  including “a time to kill,” Ecclesiastes 3:3,  and even “darkness” itself, Isaiah 45:7God, having planned all days, and, God, having chosen not to forsake me, leads me to conclude that, I’m saved, despite whatever.

Power in silence:

There’s wisdom in complete silence. Job 13:5. Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it become more ungodly. 2 Timothy 2:16. The more words the more sin. Proverbs 10:19. How can I, who am evil, even “say anything good?” Matthew 12:34. Be “slow to speak.” James 1:19. Whoever tames the tong “is a perfect man.” James 3:2. “A man of understanding keeps silent.” Proverbs 11:12; Proverbs 17:27

God’s Will:

Have one Master. Matthew 6:24; Exodus 20:3. “Hate what is evil.” Romans 12:9. Pray for those who “spitefully use you.” Luke 6:28. Believe in Christ, John 6:40, repent, 2 Peter 3:9, avoid sexual immorality, 1 Thessalonians 4:3, don’t dream, Deuteronomy 13:5, do good works, Ephesians 2:10, (faith without works is dead(James 2:17)), pray without ceasing, rejoice always, and give thanks under all circumstances. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. Be strong and courageous. Joshua 1:9. Reject this and enjoy no peace. Job 9:4. The peace of God surpasses all understanding. Philippians 4:7.  I need give God my heart. Proverbs 23:26. Blessed is thou who praises God in times of adversity – St. John Avil. “Yea, Father, for it hath seemed good in Your sight.” Matthew 11:26. What’s more logical but to offer suffering as a gift to God, for God’s will shall be done regardless. Matthew 6:10. My sufferings nevertheless are gifts of love from God’s so to correct my wickedness. Hebrews 12:6.

I’m Nothing:

I’m but a puff of wind, my days are like a passing shadow. Psalm 144:4. My life is like a mist, it appears for a little while then vanishes. James 4:14I shall wither like grass and disappear. Isaiah 51:12. I am most certainly a maggot compared to God. Job 25:6

On Life:

Everything is meaningless. Ecclesiastes 1:1. I solely exist for God’s pleasure. Philippians 2:13.  The duty of mankind is to keep God’s commandments. Ecclesiastes 12:13.

On Death:

“Keep death daily before your eyes” – St. Benedict. “A wise person thinks about death.” Ecclesiastes 7:4. The objective of life is this: to be reunited with the Creator. Indeed, “to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21. Once dead, I will come “and appear before the face of God.” Psalm 41:3. Embrace death with my whole heart. Is the life I’m living much different from that of being dead?

Love of Flesh:

When I die I’ll live like angels (and there will be no marriages (Mark 12:25)). So why would I seek happiness in flesh, when the mind governed by the flesh is death. Romans 8:6. Indeed, the desires of the Spirit wage war with the desires of the flesh: until I crucify the flesh, I’ll remain a prisoner in my own mind, unable to do what I want. Galatians 5:17. The flesh might be repulsive because if it was attractive, wouldn’t animals seek to mate with it, like a moth to a flame? What is sex but the spurt of mucus cause by friction of a membrane. Those who sow to please the flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction. Galatians 6:8. I cannot please God in the realm of the flesh. Romans 8:8.

Guidance: 

Show mercy and enjoy mercy. Matthew 5:7. God mocks those who mock. Proverbs 3:34. Forgive and be forgiven. Matthew 6:14-15. Judge and be judged with the same measure of judgement. Matthew 7:1-2. Give and it will be given. Luke 6:38. In sum: whatever I do to the least of my brothers so I do unto Christ. Matthew 25:40.

Love of Money:

Life does not consist in abundance of possessions.” Luke 12:15. “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return.” Job 1:21. “People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.” 1 Timothy 6:9.

Love of World:

Lovers of the world are enemies of God. James 4:4 And therefore the love of the Father dwells not in them. 1 John 2:15.  It is better to have never been born than to be alive. Ecclesiastes 4:3. We are exiles. 1 Peter 2:11. “Our citizenship is in Heaven.” Philippians 3:20. “Despise the World” – St. Francis De Sales. Woe to those who are unaware life is miserable. Imitation of Christ. Arthur Schopenhauer correctly opines that this world is a “prison.” Psalm 142:7. For example, St Teresa of Avila rather devise a plan to be executed by the Moores than to stay alive here in separation of Christ. 

Opinion: Is Life Predestined?

I think, therefore, I am, is, not true. How can one unequivocally demonstrate that thoughts in my head are manufactured by “me,” instead of there being another Supreme Power elsewhere inserting thought in my mind. All is “written and planned” before it has even occurred. Psalm 139:16. God has “already approved what [I] do.” Ecclesiastes 9:7. Every life is “predestined.” Ephesians 1:5; Romans 8:29. If my destiny is already written, all the thoughts corresponding to my actions are written too; thought precedes action: If “we have the mind of Christ,” 1 Corinthians 2:16, Christ surely can control it. For example, Joseph was sold into slavery, but only later to be appointed as governor of Egypt. Genesis 41:37-39. Was the Omnipotent God surprised? Exodus also shows God’s inclination to direct a play: God hardened Pharaoh’s heart prompting his refusal to release the Jews to precipitate their release upon a show of God’s power. Exodus 10:1. Christ himself laid “a mission, to be as a Lamb slain BEFORE the foundation of the world.” Revelation 13:8. If Christ’s life was written, wouldn’t all other life have to be specifically planned in anticipation to set-up Christ’s predestined mission? Christ’s ancestors certainly would have had to be born. It’s a play. I cannot err because even error is the way. The ending result of each life is pre-determined by a unique set of specific chemistry and chosen circumstantial placement upon birth. God, however, will not let me experience beyond my capacity. 1 Corinthians 10:13.

The Law:

Jesus is King. 1 Corinthians 15:27. Love Jesus beyond life itself. Matthew 10:37-39. I can do nothing apart from Christ. John 15:5. So, act as a living sacrifice for Christ. Hebrews 10:5-7. The Word of God is “choked with worries” by pursuit of “riches, and pleasures of life” so hearers of the Word “may not believe and be saved.” Luke 8:11-14; Mark 4:19. Lose my earthly life to find a heavenly one. Matthew 16:25. Only if I forsake all my possessions can I be a disciple of Christ. Luke 14:33. Christ came to serve, and to give His “life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28. I am to conform to the image of Jesus. Romans 8:29, and to be holy. 1 Peter 1:16; Leviticus 11:44. Holiness is found in service, not in being served. Matthew 20:26. Serve first – not be served first. Matthew 23:11. “No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.” 1 Corinthians 10:24. “I become Christ’s “brother, and sister, and mother” by serving others. Matthew 12:50. Certainly, “if anyone wants to be first, he must be last and a servant of all.” Mark 9:35. Whatever I want from another, do the “same for them, for this is the Law.” Matthew 7:12.

On Wisdom:

“Patience is better than power,” and calm is better “than capturing a city.” Proverbs 16:32. “Wisdom is supreme – so get wisdom.” Proverbs 4:7. The Lord acquired wisdom “before his works.” Proverbs 8:22. Wisdom is found in good judgement. Proverbs 10:13. With “humility comes wisdom.Proverbs 11:2. “In humility count others more significant than” myself. Philippians 2:3. Happy and pleasantly slept are those who pursue wisdom. Proverbs 3:24. A diligent searcher for her rides on a straight highway, Proverbs 15:19, and is fully satisfied. Proverbs 13:4. She is my sister, and “is more precious than jewels.” Proverbs 3:13-15. Embrace her and be exalted. Proverbs 4:8. Hating wisdom means to “love death.” Proverbs 8:36. Ask God for wisdom “and it will be given to” me. James 1:5. Seek the Lord and “understand everything.” Proverbs 28:5. Fearing “the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Proverbs 9:10. “To fear the Lord is to hate” sin. Proverbs 8:13. “Everything that is not from faith is sin.” Romans 14:23. If I look for wisdom as I would silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then I will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. Proverbs 2:3-5. To isolate oneself is to rebel against all sound wisdom. Proverbs 18:1.

On Laziness:

“The slacker says” let me die. Proverbs 22:13. He craves yet has nothing. Proverbs 13:4. His zest for pleasure keeps him poor. Proverbs 21:17. And his laziness leads to “forced labor” in some “thorny hedge.” Proverbs 12:24. Similarly, “a greedy one is in a hurry for wealth,” Proverbs 28:22, but those hurrying “to get rich will” be punished with poverty. Proverbs 28:20-22. Indeed, “people who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” 1 Timothy 6:9-10. However, the Lord corrects those He loves. Proverbs 3:12. The wise accept this correction and are honored. Proverbs 13:18. But he who ignores discipline “despises himself,” Proverbs 15:32, and goes astray. Proverbs 10:17. The consequences of being ignorant to God’s instructions leads to poverty. Proverbs 13:18. I am to produce fruit or be thrown into darkness. Matthew 25:24-30. So, either get wisdom and her riches by accepting corrective discipline, Proverbs 8:17; Proverbs 13:13, or die. Proverbs 15:10.

Love:

“God is love.” 1 John 4:8. And to love is the Law. Romans 13:10. Loving God means keeping His commandments. John 14:21. The law is fulfilled by loving my neighbor as myself. Galatians 5:14. Including my enemies. Matthew 5:43. “If I lack love, I am nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:2. “Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not arrogant, is not rude, is not self-seeking, is not irritable, and does not keep a record of wrongs. Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. Without love, I remain “in death,” 1 John 3:14, walk in darkness, 1 John 2:11, and am “a murderer.” 1 John 3:15. Whoever “says ‘I love God’ and hates his brother” is a liar. 1 John 4:20. It is perfect love that casts out all fear. 1 John 4:18. Let us love in deed, however, not in tongue alone. 1 John 3:18.

God’s Power:

Who can number the clouds? Job 38:37. Can you “satisfy the hunger” of a lion or provide “food for the raven?” Job 38:39-41. Have you “seen the storehouses of the hail?” Job 38:22. See generally Job 38 for details of God’s Powers. And see “if you know all.” Job 38:18

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