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 15:20-24 

April 29, 2019

The wicked man writhes in pain all his days, through all the years that are laid up for the ruthless. Dreadful sounds are in his ears; in prosperity the destroyer will come upon him. He does not believe that he will return out of darkness, and he is marked for the sword. He wanders abroad for bread, saying, ‘Where is it?’ He knows that a day of darkness is ready at his hand; distress and anguish terrify him; they prevail against him, like a king ready for battle.

This is an adequate description of the man who lives outside the Fear of the LORD, God, the Almighty — consumed with pain, dreadful sounds that make him jump at every occurrence, no hope for the future, and miserable. A life without hope.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 145

Mid-day: 119:17-24

Evening: Psalm 70

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Psalm 119:145-147

April 28, 2019

With my whole heart, I cry; answer me, O LORD! I will keep your statutes. I call to you; save me, that I may observe your testimonies. I rise before dawn and cry for help; I hope in your words.

I am powerless over sin, without the ability to keep sin in all its multitudinous forms, from controlling my life. My cry is to You, Lord, for the understanding and willingness, the righteousness, peace, and joy that is life in the Holy Spirit, life in the Kingdom, that is Your Shalom. Continue to bless me, my Lord and Master.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 144

Mid-day: 119:9-16

Evening: Psalm 69

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Job 15:4 

April 27, 2019

But you are doing away with the fear of God and hindering meditation before God.

Old buddy, Eliphaz, takes it upon himself to put Job to rights before the LORD. Not only is he filled with windy knowledge and hindering meditation but he is doing away to the fear of the LORD. I think that digging down beneath all the rhetoric slung at Job, that there a strong resentment that Job had the temerity to ignore their advice and go his own way. Do I do that? Am I an Eliphaz?

Lord. Preserve me from my pride.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 143

Mid-day: 119:1-8

Evening: Psalm 68

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Job 13:20-22 

April 26, 2019

Only grant me two things, then I will not hide myself from your face: withdraw your hand far from me, and let not dread of you terrify me. Then call, and I will answer; or let me speak, and you reply to me.

Job politely explains to his friends that their time to pound him has come to an end. He is prepared to speak directly to the LORD, God, the Almighty and bear the consequences. It is an urgent request that he makes, a request not to let his dread of the LORD, God, the Almighty terrify him. He does not ask that the dread would leave him; he recognizes that it is a necessary element in the Fear of the LORD. But he does ask that it not terrify him, i.e., not leave him speechless.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 142

Mid-day: 119:169-176

Evening: Psalm 67

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Job 13:10-11 

April 25, 2019

He will surely rebuke you if in secret you show partiality. Will not his majesty terrify you, and the dread of him fall upon you?

Job begins to show his resentment of the way his dearest friends have insisted upon his failure, with a very fair question. They have been so insistent that it was his failure that created this situation, that they have lost sight of their own fallen humanity.

I must never lose sight that I minister as a fallen and recovering sinner among those who are also fallen and recovering sinners. We lean on each other as we stagger towards Kingdom living.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 141

Mid-day: 119:161-168

Evening: Psalm 66

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Job 11:15, 19

April 24, 2019

Surely then you will lift up your face without blemish; you will be secure and will not fear. You will lie down, and none will make you afraid; many will court your favor.

Zophar builds quite a case based on the assumption that all this is the result of Job's sin. But this is inconsistent with Job 1:8 where the LORD declares Job to be blameless and upright, none like him in all the earth.

But Job presents a beautiful picture of faith in the face of tribulation. Yes, he does cry out with a "Why me, LORD?" but he does not curse God and die as his wife proposed. Should I be looking at this book to teach me how to live and honor the LORD, God, the Almighty at all times and under all circumstances?

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 140

Mid-day: 119:153-160

Evening: Psalm 65

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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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