Wednesday Reading: Be devoted to God, who keeps himself established with us

Eph 6:13 take (to 2nd ,)
take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day,

Job 1:7-12 the Lord (to .), 14, 15, 17-22; 2:3 (to 6th ,), 4 (to ,), 5-8 put, 11-13
the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand.

And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them: And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house: And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity,

And Satan answered the Lord, put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life. Job was smote with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown. And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.

Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite; for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him. And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every one his mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven. So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great.

Job 3:2-3 (to ,), 26; 4:1, 2 (to ?), 3
And Job spake, and said, Let the day perish wherein I was born,
I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came.
Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
If we assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved?
Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands.

Job 5:6-8 affliction, 17; 6:1, 24-26
affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground; Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward. I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause:

Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty:

But Job answered and said, Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred. How forcible are right words! but what doth your arguing reprove? Do ye imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one that is desperate, which are as wind?

Job 8:1, 3 (to ?), 4-6 (to ,), 20
Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,
Doth God pervert judgment?
If thy children have sinned against him, and he have cast them away for their transgression; If thou wouldest seek unto God betimes, and make thy supplication to the Almighty; If thou wert pure and upright; surely now he would awake for thee,
Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers:

Job 9:1, 2, 15 I would, 16, 20, 21 (to :), 29, 34 (to ,)
Then Job answered and said, I know it is so of a truth:
how should man be just with God?
I would make supplication to my judge.
[Consider] if I had called, and he had answered me; yet would I not believe that he had hearkened unto my voice.
If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.
Though I were perfect, yet would I not know my soul:
If I be wicked, why then labour I in vain?
Let him take his rod away from me,

Job 10:2-5 (to ?); 19:2
I will say unto God, ..shew me wherefore thou contendest with me. Is it good unto thee that thou shouldest oppress, that thou shouldest despise the work of thine hands, and shine upon the counsel of the wicked? Hast thou eyes of flesh? or seest thou as man seeth? Are thy days as the days of man?
How long will ye vex my soul, and break me in pieces with words?

Psa 69:20
Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.

Job 19:6, 7
Know now that God hath overthrown me, and hath compassed me with his net. Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard: I cry aloud, but there is no judgment.

Job 32:6 (to 3rd ,), 7-9 (to :); 35:1-6 (to ?), 7 (to ?), 16
And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I am young, and ye are very old; wherefore I was afraid,
I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom. But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding. Great men are not always wise:
Elihu spake moreover, and said, Thinkest thou this to be right, that thou saidst, My righteousness is more than God’s? For thou saidst, What advantage will it be unto thee? and, What profit shall I have, if I be cleansed from my sin? I will answer thee, and thy companions with thee. Look unto the heavens, and see; and behold the clouds which are higher than thou. If thou sinnest, what doest thou against him?
If thou be righteous, what givest thou him?
Therefore doth Job open his mouth in vain; he multiplieth words without knowledge.

Job 40:1-4, 6-8; 42:1, 5, 6 (to repent), 10
Moreover the Lord answered Job, and said, Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it. Then Job answered the Lord, and said, Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.
Then answered the Lord unto Job out of the whirlwind,and said, Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?

Then Job answered the Lord, and said, I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I repent..And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.

Psa 11:7
For the righteous Lord loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.

Rom 5:1 being (to God), 3-5 we (to hearts)
being justified by faith, we have peace with God:
we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts.

Rom 10:8 (to :), 10 (to ;), 11
But what saith it? The word [of his faithfulness] is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

SH 487:19-20 (to 2nd ,), 15-16
Christian evidence is founded on Science or demonstrable Truth, flowing from immortal Mind.

Spirit is all-knowing; this precludes the need of believing.

SH 488:7 (only, to belief), 9 have
The Hebrew and Greek words often translated belief ..have more the significance of faith,understanding,trust,constancy, firmness. Hence the Scriptures often appear in our common version to approve and endorse belief, when they mean to enforce the necessity of understanding.

 SH 495:16-18 (to harmonious)
Let neither fear nor doubt overshadow your clear sense and calm trust that [God, Life is] harmonious.

SH 23:21-27 Faith; 22:11-12
Faith and the words corresponding thereto have these two definitions, trustfulness and trustworthiness. One kind of faith trusts one’s welfare to others. Another kind of faith understands divine Love and how to work out one’s “own salvation, with fear and trembling.” “Work out your own salvation,” is the demand of Life and Love, for to this end God worketh with you.

 SH 593:20
Salvation. Life, Truth, and Love understood and demonstrated as supreme over all; sin, sickness, and death destroyed.

 SH 23:29 Believe
Believe . . . and thou shalt be saved!” demands self-reliant trustworthiness, which includes spiritual understanding and confides all to God.

 SH 23:17-19 (to which), 19 establishes
Faith, advanced to spiritual understanding, is the evidence gained from Spirit which establishes the claims of God.

 SH 487:21-23; 486:18
Mere belief is blindness [and is] without Principle from which to explain the reason of its hope.

Alas for the blindness of belief, which makes harmony conditional upon death and matter, and yet supposes Mind unable to produce harmony! So long as this error of belief remains, mortals will continue mortal in belief and subject to chance and change.

 SH 144:3-4 (to ,), 14-15 (to ,), 18
If Mind is foremost and superior, let us rely upon Mind, which needs no cooperation from lower powers.

Human will-power is not Science. Human will belongs to the so-called material senses.

Human will-power may infringe the rights of man. It produces evil continually, and is not a factor in the realism of being. Truth, and not corporeal will, is the divine power which says to disease, “Peace, be still.”

SH 96:23
Belief is changeable, but spiritual understanding is changeless.

 SH 129:31-1, 11-16, 7-8 (to ,); 128:27-28
The sinner sees, in the [science] taught in this book, that the demands of God must be met.

Pantheism may be defined as a belief in the intelligence of matter, — a belief which Science overthrows. In those days there will be “great tribulation such as was not since the beginning of the world;” and earth will echo the cry, “Art thou [Truth] come hither to torment us before the time?”

If you wish to know the spiritual fact, you can discover it by reversing the material fable.

Science relates to Mind, not matter. It rests on fixed Principle and not upon the judgment of false sensation.

SH 51:21-24, 30 This
[Jesus’s] purpose in healing was not alone to restore health, but to demonstrate his divine Principle. He was inspired by God, by Truth and Love, in all that he said and did.

This [is the] spirituality which enabled Jesus to heal the sick, cast out evil, and raise the dead.

 SH 52:19
The “man of sorrows” best understood the nothingness of material life and intelligence and the mighty actuality of all-inclusive God, good. These were the two cardinal points of Mind-healing, or Christian Science, which armed him with Love. The highest earthly representative of God, speaking of human ability to reflect divine power, prophetically said to his disciples, speaking not for their day only but for all time: “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also;” and “These signs shall follow them that believe.”