Beginning with Job 28, the Lord seems to be answering my prayer to learn to respect Him. What has been stretching my understanding of God now is how He decided to answer my prayer. He seems to have spoken through prophecy which is something I have little experience with. But as I have explored the passage, it seems at every turn to be speaking to prayers I’ve been praying for the last few months.

Reading Matthew Henry’s commentary on Job 28, one further detail really drove home the authenticity of this chapter being something God wants to share with me. Almost immediately Henry starts talking about Deuteronomy 29:29 which says “The hidden things belong to the Lord our God, but the revealed things belong to us and our children forever, so that we may follow all the words of this law.” I was floored reading this because I have been praying Isa 45:3 every day November began. God tells Cyrus there, “I will give you the treasures of darkness and riches from secret places so that you may know that I, Yahweh, the God of Israel call you by your name.”

I have been asking God for His secrets. I’ve been praying to grow in hoping to see His kingdom expand and hoping to see Him every day. And it seems that He has heard me and is answering in a mysterious, yet pointedly accurate way. He seems to be answering me in a way that requires me to go deeper with Him if I want answers. He is answering in a way that requires me to continue to pursue a relationship with Him.

And now that I believe I think I am aware of how God is getting my attention, I need to discern a faithful response. At the moment, continuing to read Job 28, and As Kingfishers Catch Fire seem to be the first starting points. I need to remain glued to what God is saying. But I think that I also need to be talking to my community about what I am finding. I show God respect by pursuing what He is saying and honoring His boundaries along the way. Ironically, all this seems to point back to friendship. I’m encouraged me because it seems that what I’ve shared is what it looks like to have a prayer answered by God. So I will share with my brothers at the MANsion. I will process with the FORMees. I will talk to my fiancé. And I’ll keep sharing here.

Until next time,

Be Present

Be God’s

- Ben :D