How careful do you think Moses was before he struck down the Egyptian? He may have looked both ways before he crossed that street, but he was not careful enough. Since Moses had not already written Numbers 32:23, we can cut him some slack. Maybe at the time, he did not know God would say "Be sure your sin will find you out."
What we think is done in secret is always observed by the all-knowing God. We live our lives constantly before His face.
Lord God, I cannot hide my sin from You. Please help me hide Your Word in my heart so I may not sin against You.
"The Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins."
I know from Matthew 28:18 that Jesus has all authority in heaven and on earth, but His authority to forgive sin always causes me to stop and think. If I did something wrong to you and an uninvolved third person came along and absolved me of the wrong to you, we would both feel that was impossible and improper. Who has the right to forgive me but the one I have wronged? Yet, Jesus claims that authority. Why? Because ultimately every sin I commit is against God. In Psalm 51:4, after his adulterous affair with Bathsheba and having Uriah murdered, David says to God, "Against you, you only, have I sinned." Clearly, David had sinned against others, but he understood that ultimately it was God he had wronged.
Jesus, You do have all authority; You are King of kings and Lord of lords. When I live as if I am the authority, my rebellion is always against You. May I be ever mindful of what it cost You to forgive me. Thank You.
There are so many people I want to visit after Jesus returns. Obviously, don't we all want to sit at His feet and hear Him teach? I will no longer be envious of the men on the road to Emmas in Luke 24:13-27. There are many people I have known that are already with Jesus who I need to thank. Many people from the Bible will be fascinating to know. But Job is in my top five.
This passage is one of the reasons for him being ranked so high. I have so many questions about his life after these tribulations. How did people respond to him later? Wasn't he thankful God did not take his life? Was he surprised his words were inscribed in a book? But the most important is how did you realize the truth of your statement in Job 19:25-27. What led you to that point? I have read how Abraham, Moses, and Paul came to know and experience God, but what about Job?
Father, thank You for bringing each of Your children to Yourself through such different circumstances. Thank You for the insight Jesus gives us in John 6:37-40. Thank You for the promise to raise me up on the last day. Holy Spirit, thank You for revealing to us all the fact that "my Redeemer lives." Even though I die, I will live and see Him for myself; because He lives, I will also live (John 14:19).