Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Job 9-12

Job continues the conversation about his faith and his sufferings with his friends in Job 9-12.  Job's friends question his faith because he is crying out to God in his pain.    

Job has lost almost everything, and he is trying to understand it all with God.  Through it all, Job glorifies God by acknowledging God's power and sovereignty in his life.  He says,    

He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed,

    miracles that cannot be counted.
When he passes me, I cannot see him;
    when he goes by, I cannot perceive him...

If it is a matter of strength, he is mighty!

    And if it is a matter of justice, who can challenge him...

If only there were someone to mediate between us,

    someone to bring us together...

Job points to our deep need for a Savior, even before His time.  

Really, I think Job has a much better, more humble understanding of God than his emphatic friends because in his crying, he is praising God.  In his sufferings, God is testing his faith, and Job keeps turning to his creator, his healer, his sustainer, his redeemer, his savior.  

What do you think?

Job is honest and genuine with God about where he is in the moment, and I think that's what God wants all of us to do.

A prayer for today-

Dear God,

I thank You for sending Your Son Jesus to save all of us who believe.  

Forgive me for all ways I become self-righteous and misguided in my thinking.  Forgive me for getting caught up in judging others.

I humble myself before You, Lord.  You hold the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind. You are the source of wisdom and power.  And you, create all of us with Your great purpose and plan in mind.

I pray for those who are suffering.  Strengthen them, comfort them, and heal them with Your hands.  Open my eyes to those around me who need my prayers and my love.

Help me to see Christ in every person I meet.  And may every person I meet see Christ in me.

In the name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit I pray,

Peace of Christ,
*This post is part of A Mind-Maker-Upper's Everyday Reading Project.  Click here to read more.



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