Jan 10 (Daily reading: Job 24-28) In describing bad people, Job said, “People remove landmarks” (24:2, NASB). He is obviously talking about people stealing property but I will “spiritualize” this text for our devotional purposes. Notice the use of the word “landmarks” by the prophet Jeremiah: “Set up signposts, make landmarks” (Jer. 31:21, NKJV). The NASB says, “Place guideposts for yourself.” The prophet then asks Israel, “How long will you wander” (Jer. 31:22, NIV). The landmarks represent for us what Henry Blackaby calls “spiritual markers,” or reminders of spiritual encounters with God (Experiencing God, p. 101). Job indicated it was wrong to remove the landmarks (or ignore them). Everything that God has done in our past has significance for God’s present or future work in our lives. These spiritual landmarks serve as guideposts to give us God’s direction. They will keep us from wandering. In my opinion, the major reason our country finds itself where it is today is because we have forgotten the landmarks which indicate where we were at the beginning.
God is always at work in our lives! He does not overlook anything from the past, and the future never catches Him by surprise. Job had something else to say about God’s direction. He spoke of “those who rebel against the light; they do not want to know its ways nor stay in its paths” (Job 24:13). This refers to divine direction for our lives. God always provides light for our journey, if only we will follow it! “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Ps. 119:105).