John Nunnikhoven

John Nunnikhoven is a member of The Fellowship of Ailbe and has begun working toward what, Lord willing, will become a re-awakening of the Church as a body directed into living the Kingdom in the here and now as it awaits the yet to come.

Job 9:27-35 

April 23, 2019

If I say, ‘I will forget my complaint, I will put off my sad face, and be of good cheer,’ I become afraid of all my suffering, for I know you will not hold me innocent. I shall be condemned; why then do I labor in vain? If I wash myself with snow and cleanse my hands with lye, yet you will plunge me into a pit, and my own clothes will abhor me. For he is not a man, as I am, that I might answer him, that we should come to trial together. There is no arbiter between us, who might lay his hand on us both. Let him take his rod away from me, and let not dread of him terrify me. Then I would speak without fear of him, for I am not so in myself.

I wonder if Job is not beginning to worry about others who may take the position that he must have failed the LORD somehow. Otherwise, why would the LORD allow an innocent man to suffer thusly? He recognizes that there is no arbiter between them. He has no one standing at the right-hand of God pointing towards the redemption of the cross. He sees that he cannot speak without fear before the LORD, God, the Almighty.

Praise the LORD, I have an intercessor and need not be afraid.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 139

Mid-day: 119:145-152

Evening: Psalm 64

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Job 6:21-23 

April 22, 2019

For you have now become nothing; you see my calamity and are afraid. Have I said, ‘Make me a gift’? Or, ‘From your wealth offer a bribe for me’? Or, ‘Deliver me from the adversary's hand’? Or, ‘Redeem me from the hand of the ruthless’?

I need to read Job with a different set of eyes than I have used in the past. I need to use Job's eyes as I minister to a friend who is suffering. He has heard his best friends examine his history for failure to serve the LORD. Job sees that as a fear that they may experience the same calamities or that they are concerned that he will ask them for help that they that cannot or will not provide.

Is the cry of Job's heart for help in trusting the LORD in all circumstances? Perhaps the why me, LORD is not as important as help me, LORD? Did his friends need to be better listeners than suggesters? Do I?

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 138

Mid-day: 119:137-144

Evening: Psalm 63

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Psalm 119:144

April 21, 2019

The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.

Lord, that light will shine within the prisons as we go in to give the story of salvation through You alone, for there is no other name, given under heaven, whereby men might be saved. Lord, my prayer is that we would preach no other name ever.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 137

Mid-day: 119:129-136

Evening: Psalm 62

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Job 6:14 

April 20, 2019

“He who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.

This is a very interesting thought. To deny kindness to a friend is to deny the Fear of the LORD, God, the Almighty in my life. That needs to soak deeply into all aspects of my life. One important observation is that an opportunity to show kindness to a friend should be a major issue in setting my priorities.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 136

Mid-day: 119:

Evening: Psalm

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Job 4:3-6 

April 19, 2019

Behold, you have instructed many, and you have strengthened the weak hands. Your words have upheld him who was stumbling, and you have made firm the feeble knees. But now it has come to you, and you are impatient; it touches you, and you are dismayed. Is not your fear of God your confidence,and the integrity of your ways your hope?

I have no idea about the number of times I have counseled and consoled someone who was wrestling with a problem; a problem that was very real and pressing to them. My counsel was and still is to trust in the LORD. He will meet your needs in a manner that is beyond anything I can ask or imagine.

Did/do my words sound weak and hollow? Insensitive to the reality in which they lived? Yes, often, but I must always demonstrate a Fear of the LORD, God, the Almighty that conveys the trust I have in Him to always work for my good.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 135

Mid-day: 119:113-120

Evening: Psalm 60

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Job 3:24-26 

April 18, 2019

For my sighing comes instead of my bread, and my groanings are poured out like water. For the thing that I fear comes upon me, and what I dread befalls me. I am not at ease, nor am I quiet; I have no rest, but trouble comes.”

Job is upfront about his problems, he admits that fear and dread have fallen upon him. I have to learn to admit that there are things, events, circumstances, and troubles in my life that I fear and dread. Part of learning to turn them over to the LORD, is a through and honest examination of the dimensions of the problem. I need to search for the sources but I do not needto lay awake all night, stewing and fussing. That time is better spent praising the LORD for His intervention and guidance.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 134

Mid-day: 119:105-112

Evening: Psalm 59

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Job 2:3-10

April 17, 2019

And the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil? He still holds fast his integrity, although you incited me against him to destroy him without reason.” Then Satan answered the LORD and said, “Skin for skin! All that a man has he will give for his life. But stretch out your hand and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face.” And the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your hand; only spare his life.” So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD and struck Job with loathsome sores from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. And he took a piece of broken pottery with which to scrape himself while he sat in the ashes. Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die.” But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.

Next level of attack is against Job physically. Satan does not get it, that the Fear of the LORD transends anything he can throw at Job. I need to keep this firmly fixed in my psyche also. The Fear of tjhe LORD will walk me through EVERYTHING. I need to constantly remind myself that I am called to trust Him in all things. I, like Job, must not submit to the temptation to "Curse God and die."

Today's readings in the Psalms

Morning: Psalm 133

Mid-day: 119:97-104

Evening: Psalm 58

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Job 1:6-11 

April 16, 2019

Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them. The LORD said to Satan, “From where have you come?” Satan answered the LORD and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” And the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?” Then Satan answered the LORD and said, “Does Job fear God for no reason?Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.”

A sharp contrast between the standards of the LORD, God, the Almighty and the standards of Satan. The LORD evaluates Job based on his moral and ethical character; Satan rates him based on his possessions and the effectiveness of his work. Do I evaluate someone using which set of standards? The Godly homeless and destitute individual should be far more precious in my eyes than the richest man in the world who is a God hater.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 132

Mid-day: 119:89-96

Evening: Psalm 57

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Job 1:1 

April 15, 2019

There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil.

The land of Uz was in the region of Ur of the Chaldees. Quite likely, according to Matthew Henry, at about the same time period as Abram. Isn't it interesting that the LORD continued His witness in that region? How did these two men, along with Enoch and Melchizedek, become God-fears? Were there others?

“He feared God,had a reverence for his majesty, a regard to his authority, and a dread of his wrath.” quoting from Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible. Now, thousands of years later, he continues to set an example for us.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 131

Mid-day: 119:81-88

Evening: Psalm 56

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Psalm 119:122

April 14, 2019

The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.

Lord, that light will shine within the prisons as we go in to give the story of salvation through You alone, for there is no other name, given under heaven, whereby men might be saved. Lord, my prayer is that we would preach no other name ever.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 130

Mid-day: 119:73-80

Evening: Psalm 55

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Esther 9:2-3 

April 13, 2019

The Jews gathered in their cities throughout all the provinces of King Ahasuerus to lay hands on those who sought their harm. And no one could stand against them, for the fear of them had fallen on all peoples. All the officials of the provinces and the satraps and the governors and the royal agents also helped the Jews, for the fear of Mordecai had fallen on them.

I see a more profound fear here in the officials of the kingdom. This Mordecai fellow exhibited an unexplainable power in going from a non-descript Jew sitting at the palace gate to a man of total control and authority. How did he engineer the complete eradication of Haman? And overnight at that? They did not see that he was one of the Chosen; they only saw him as a manipulator.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 129

Mid-day: 119:65-72

Evening: Psalm 54

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Esther 9:2-3 

April 12, 2019

The Jews gathered in their cities throughout all the provinces of King Ahasuerus to lay hands on those who sought their harm. And no one could stand against them, for fear of them had fallen on all peoples. All the officials of the provinces and the satraps and the governors and the royal agents also helped the Jews, for the fear of Mordecai had fallen on them.

Fear in mankind is fear of mankind. It does not include trust or hope but terror. The terror may be weak, but it exists. I cannot wholly trust any man who does not follow the LORD; he will act in self-interest at some point in time, given what may be, to me, an unknown stimulus.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 128

Mid-day: 119:57-64

Evening: Psalm 53

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