Oh, that I knew where I might find Him,
That I might come to His seat! Job 23:3 (NKJV)
Today when you sit down with Jesus for TEA, you might consider drinking a CUPP of Job. Job is the Old Testament book found right before the Psalms. It tells the story of a man named Job who may have lived about the time of Abraham. Job was a righteous man who followed God in all his ways. But Satan had his eye on him (as the enemy often does to those who are serving the Lord), and he took from Job his animals, his children, and his health. The book of Job tells the story of his friends failing miserably to cheer him up. Though their words did not help Job at the time, there is wisdom for us now as we use their elocutions in prayer.
T is for Thanksgiving
…The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away;
Blessed be the name of the Lord. Job 1:21 (NKJV)
E is for Exalting
Who does great things, and unsearchable,
Marvelous things without number.
He gives rain on the earth,
And sends waters on the fields. Job 5:9-10 (NKJV)
But He is unique, and who can make Him change?
And whatever His soul desires, that He does. Job 23:13 (NKJV)
A is for Admitting
You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity? Job 2:10 (NKJV)
Teach me, and I will hold my tongue;
Cause me to understand wherein I have erred. Job 6:24 (NKJV)
If you return to the Almighty, you will be built up;
You will remove iniquity far from your tents. Job 22:23(NKJV)
C is for Calling
But as for me, I would seek God,
And to God I would commit my cause. Job 5:8(NKJV)
Receive, please, instruction from His mouth,
And lay up His words in your heart. Job 22:22 (NKJV)
U is for Understanding
Yet man is born to trouble,
As the sparks fly upward. Job 5:7 (NKJV)
In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind? Job 12:10 (NKJV)
For I know that my Redeemer lives,
And He shall stand at last on the earth;
And after my skin is destroyed, this I know,
That in my flesh I shall see God,
Whom I shall see for myself,
And my eyes shall behold, and not another.
How my heart yearns within me! Job 19:25-27 (NKJV)
My foot has held fast to His steps;
I have kept His way and not turned aside.
I have not departed from the commandment of His lips;
I have treasured the words of His mouth
More than my necessary food. Job 23:11-12 (NKJV)
Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom,
And to depart from evil is understanding. Job 28:28 (NKJV)
P is for Promises (claiming God’s)
He will yet fill your mouth with laughing,
And your lips with rejoicing. Job 8:21 (NKJV)
But He knows the way that I take;
When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold. Job 23:10 (NKJV)
He shall pray to God, and He will delight in him,
He shall see His face with joy,
For He restores to man His righteousness. Job 33:26 (NKJV)
P is for Petitioning (pouring out my heart)
You will make your prayer to Him,
He will hear you,
And you will pay your vows. Job 22:27 (NKJV)
Today’s TEA CUPP: My friend, it is true. As Job 22:27 says above, God hears you! Come, take a seat with Jesus and have a CUPP of Job today. Pick just one verse and use it as a conversation starter as you pour out your heart to the Lord.
Scripture from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.