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Job gets it!

“The Lord said to Job: ‘Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him?  Let him who accuses God answer him!’  Then Job answered the Lord; ‘I am unworthy – how can I reply to you?  I put my hand over my mouth.  I spoke once, but I have no answer – twice, but I will say no more.’” Job 40:1-5.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading: Job 39-40, and 1 Corinthians 13-14.

Sometimes figuring things out is a progression.  Certainly not the case with Job!

After God confronted Job with a series of universe-management questions, the status of Job in relation to God was figured out.  Job got it.

What was the evidence that Job understood?  He chooses to say no more about God’s “shortcomings.”

And we need to get there as well.  God knows what He’s doing.  We need to give Him our support.  Far beyond giving the President-elect our support should be our support for God Almighty.

We need to be defensive about God.  We need to be light in a world that often prefers to ignore God or blame Him for problems.

How often do we do “our” thing and later rant at God when it doesn’t work the way we want.  Or if it does work well, we start the pattern of independently making our choices.  We think that if things go well, God must be with us.  That’s paganism!

“Lord, You know what is best.  There is no one like You.  Forgive me for falling into Job’s folly of calling You out when things don’t follow my plans.  I must run my plans through You.  I must cling to You.  I must have Your directions on my life.  Guide me, I beg.  I trust You and Your ways.”

Do you think that you have the firepower to question God?  Job heard about that thinking loud and clear.

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What do you have to say about that?

“What is the way to the abode of light?  And where does darkness reside?  Can you take them to their places?  Do you know the paths to their dwellings?  Surely you know, for you were already born!  You have lived so many years!”  Job 38:19-21.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading:  Job 37-38, and 1 Corinthians 12.

I don’t know if God laughed when He spoke the words of today’s chosen verses but I know that I do when I read them.

Job has been cruising toward this sort of reaction by his whining about God not understanding his plight.

God does not get into minor details about what has happened to Job.  His style here is to have Job realize that this is not a human-to-human situation.  It is God-to-human and the human side does not have equal standing with God.

Job has no clue about who God really is.  His magnitude.  God’s questions in today’s verse are all easily answered, “I don’t know.”

But God knows.  He created the universe.  He maintains the universe.

Some of the “wise” among us insist that there is no God.  Their answers to the questions Job was asked would be interesting to hear.

The argument that maybe God did make everything, but now has given us the controls, displays an ignorance in how the earth continues to function.  Someone is STILL in control of the universe.

The more I am connected to God the more I realize that He is in charge and that my best posture is to be ready and willing to do whatever He wants me to do.

“Lord, You are great.  Forgive my silly questions about what You are doing or not doing.  You know best.  I cling to You for direction.  I cling to You for discernment.  Guide me, O thou Great Jehovah!”

Do you ever question God?  Job not only did but he got an answer from God.

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“You must have no other gods…”

“If I have put my trust in gold or said to pure gold, ‘You are my security,’ if I have rejoiced over my great wealth, the fortune my hands had gained, if I have regarded the sun in its radiance or the moon moving in splendor, so that my heart was secretly enticed and my hand offered them a kiss of homage, then these also would be sins to be judged, for I would have been unfaithful to God on high.” Job 31:24-28.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading: Job 31-32, and Galatians 5-6.

Job is still trying to figure out how he has displeased God.  He hasn’t realized yet that God will do whatever God wants to do.  Job’s status with God is not indicative of how he has lived.

What I like in this section of verses is Job’s explanation of what a false god is.  To Job it is giving something, other than God, the “kiss of homage.”

That is how we get in trouble: We give other things our loyalty, our kiss of homage.  We will do almost anything to be at peace with them.

Think of work.  Things are going on that you are uncomfortable with.  Your Godly instincts are offended, yet you play along.  Why?  Your work has reached the “god” level.  Your job is more important to you than being loyal to God.  You’ve made your choice.

Solution?  “Lord, I want to be where You want me to be.  I will go/stay where You want me to go/stay.  Direct my path, Father.”

“Father, You indeed know best.  I want to keep in step with Your wishes.  Forgive me for getting out of earshot.  Forgive me for choosing my own courses.  There are false gods along those courses and I want none of them.  Direct me, Father.  I yield to You.  Thank You, Lord, for loving me, a sinner.”

Are we giving other things the “kiss of homage?”

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We know so little

“And these are but the outer fringe of his works; how faint the whisper we hear of him!” Job 26:14.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Job 26-27, and Mark 15-16.

How right you are, Job!

We think that we know God but there is no way we could.

We see evidences of things that are remarkable and surmise that we’ve gotten the full picture.  How silly of us!

God is beyond what we may even think.  He is flat-out awesome.

Think of things unlimited on earth yet they are limited.  With God, the unlimited is truth just as the eternal is truth when it regards God.

I must never minimize God.  He is never beyond my reach and nothing I face is an obstacle that overwhelms Him.

I must be mindful of His greatness in my midst.  Taking Him for granted is a first sign of aloofness on my part.

“Father, thank You for being in my midst.  Help me to trust You with the sense that You are great because You are.  I cannot rely on myself.  I need You every second.  I surrender to You.  Guide me, oh thou great Jehovah.”

We must never minimize the greatness of God.

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Remarkable Job

“’Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart.  The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.’ In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.”  Job 1:21-22.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading: Job 1-2, and Acts 6-7.

The disaster that struck Job is horrible: his wealth and his children gone in one day.  Job was very wealthy and he had ten children but in a day they’re gone.

How easily we get into the “Lord, why did You let this happen to me?” mode.  We credit God with being in charge however we expect that our lives will be pleasant.  Disasters shouldn’t happen to us.  But then something goes “unpleasant” and we question God.  “Why did You let this happen?”, we ask doubtfully.  He was supposed to be taking care of us the way we wanted but wasn’t.

Job does none of this!  He declares that he had nothing when he was born and won’t be taking anything with him when he dies.  He refused to blame God for what had happened.

My trust in God must be at Job’s level.  I must know that He is right in all that He does.  The material is terminal.  If I am in His will then what comes along will be the best thing for me.

This isn’t always easy.  In our affluence we suffer minimal deprivation at best.  Even our limited vision notices God’s goodness to us.  However, that steady flow of affluence can build up a godless trust in the affluence.  That trust can be severely shaken when things fall apart for us.  Will I trust God as Job did under his circumstances?

“Lord, You know what is best.  Free me of the sludge of godlessness so that I can follow You confidently no matter what happens.  What a role model Job was.  Thank You for Your Word.  I surrender to You now.”

If I am in God’s Will, anything that happens will be for my good whether I realize it or not.

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What say you?

“The Lord said to Job: ‘Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him? Let him who accuses God answer him!’” Job 40-1-2

(Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading – Job 39-40 & 1 Corinthians 13-14)

In the previous two chapters God asked Job a slew of questions all of them itemizing marvels of God’s creation that no human could imagine creating.

In these chosen verses God directly confronts Job about whether or not he still wants to correct Him.

It was a totally humiliating moment for Job and he was quick to respond, “I am unworthy – how can I reply to you?”

If I am tuned into God’s greatness I will not look at anything that happens with the slightest thought that God missed that one or God got it wrong etc.…

God knows what He is doing and always has. My view of Him is so limited and limiting. I see through a glass darkly.

I must put my complete trust in Him. There is a God behind the scenes in total charge in what often seems chaotic from my view. Everything Job had was wiped out. He didn’t understand why and so he became angry at God for it. Now, after God has interacted with him, Job is humbled that he ever questioned God’s intentions.

I do not know what God has planned for me. I, in fact, do not even know how long I’ll be alive. I mention that because this AM while I was walking, I saw a trailer break loose on the roadway I was facing and veer across the sidewalk behind me at a very high speed. I was on that section of sidewalk two seconds earlier. The earthly span of my existence continues!

“Lord, You are in control of everything. I will never be able to fathom You. But I can thank You for what I know You had Jesus do for me on the cross. I thank You for the assurance of an after-life with You. Forgive me for ever questioning You. I love You, Father.”

Are you acceptable to God?

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Who do you think you are?

“Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge?” Job 38:2

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Job 37-38 & 1 Corinthians 12)

Job wanted to connect to God so that he can explain that his suffering is for no reason. When it finally happens Job certainly gets an earful!

God’s answer is that Job knows little of what He does and understands even less. God’s point? I know what I’m doing and you never will. Put your trust in me without reservations.

How easy it is to wonder why things happen. How come a friend recently died from cancer? How come scoundrels around the world continue to slaughter believers?

This thinking narrows God to my parameters and that’s the problem. My parameters are miniscule. When I start to see God’s size, as He explained it to Job, I am struck by my limitations to understand things.

God doesn’t talk about things such as, “Where were you when the Red Sox won the World Series?” His questions relate to my understanding of where light comes from. I certainly don’t know the answer but I’m comfortable in my ignorance if I recognize that God created the heavens and the earth. There is an answer and God is it and has it.

Woe to those who will only believe what they can figure out. They have much to learn from Job’s experience.

“Lord, You are the Creator. I trust You. You know what is best. I ask for direction so that I can please You this day. Cleanse me of obstructions to my doing Your Will. Enable me to rightly represent You in every place I am today. Thank You, Father!”

Are you acceptable to God?

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How little we know

“And these are but the outer fringe of his works.” Job 26:14

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Job 25-26 & Mark 15-16)

Job is talking about God’s marvels.

Not what you would expect from someone who has virtually lost everything.

Job is worried about the uncertainties about God but he recognizes God unfathomable power.

Job considers himself righteous and doesn’t understand how the calamities he’s faced are from God. He knows that God is capable of such things but Job doesn’t understand why they are happening to someone as righteous as he sees himself being.

It is impossible for me to over-estimate God. He is beyond any measure. Even His time is not my time. I am a clay pot and He is the potter. He does with me as He wishes.

Being a believer doesn’t eliminate me from suffering. I know, however, that my God is with me in any situation. That is comfort enough.

Can I be as effusive in praise to God in less-fortunate situations as well as pleasant ones? Job’s situation is terrible…………he has lost everything. Yet he knows that there is a God but like the psalmist David, he’s unhappy with his current situation. God is a loving Father. He hears all our cries………..and laughter.

“Lord, You are God of everything. I cannot sort out Your Ways. I can see bits and pieces of them, however. Forgive me for ever lessening You in thought and deed. I want to rightly represent You in everything. Help me to do just that, I beg. Guide me, O thou great Jehovah.”

Are you acceptable to God?

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What was I thinking?

n15“You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without my knowledge?’  Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.”  Job 42:3

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Job 41-42 & 2 Corinthians 1-2)

Job gets the interaction with God he wants and realizes that he was way in over his head.

Job realizes that his understanding of God was limited.  God’s Things are above and beyond him.

When I complain, I am acting like Job.  In complaining, I make the assumption that God doesn’t have a clear picture of what I’m undeservedly going through.  If I could only explain my side to Him, we could make things better…..for me.

Very silly!  God is great.  I cannot even fathom Him.  He does know what is going on.  There is a Bigger Picture that I don’t know about.

I need to have a 24/7 close relationship with God.  The better I know Him the more I will realize how needy I am.  I will realize that I am not in control of my circumstances.  I will cling to Him for instruction.  I will pore over His Word for pointers on how I should live.

“Lord, I will never understand Your Ways.  I want to be on the path You want me on.  I need all the help You will give me.  Forgive me for trying to go it alone.  That always has lousy results.  You have given me every good and perfect gift.  I praise You for the blessings knowing full way that everything on earth is terminal.  My eternal life with You, however, is already underway!”

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Are you blaming God?

n13“Would you discredit my justice?  Would you condemn me to justify yourself?”  Job 40:8

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Job 39-40 & 1 Corinthians 13-14)

Job is getting yet another dose of, “Are you sure you know what you’re talking about,” from God.

Job was sure that what was happening to him (in Job 1) was a mistake on God’s part.  Job felt that he didn’t deserve such treatment.

Sounds a lot like myself.  “Why Lord, is this happening to my family?  Don’t You know who I am?  I haven’t done anything to deserve such as this.”  And on and on it goes…

God is COMPLETELY in charge.  “His understanding no one can fathom,” including me!  I err every time I complain because my complaints are actually against God.  I rationalize that I deserve better because I am in His family.  There is no Scripture that validates that thinking.  None of the first disciples, except John, died of natural causes.

How I long for the time when I can think, “I thank You, Lord that You are in charge of what is going on,” instead of the current, “Why is this happening to me, Lord?”

“Father, forgive me for questioning You.  I have the opportunity to question You and plenty of the psalmists did it.  Most of the time, however, those psalmists ended with affirmations of You.  I affirm right now that You are in total charge.  I am just passing through wanting to honor You as I travel.  Empower me, I beg, to be Your right representative in all that I say and do.  To You be all glory and praise forever and ever!”

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