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January 5, 2019

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Reading along with us in Job? Here’s today’s reading:

Job 10 (ESV)

“I loathe my life;
I will give free utterance to my complaint;
    I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
I will say to God, Do not condemn me;
    let me know why you contend against me.
Does it seem good to you to oppress,
    to despise the work of your hands
    and favor the designs of the wicked?.
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  1. Job 10:18-19 (ESV)
    18  “Why did you bring me out from the womb? Would that I had died before any eye had seen me 19  and were as though I had not been, carried from the womb to the grave.

    Job returns to the argument of why he was allowed to be born (Job 3:10, 7:16-17). We all have been there at times asking why does God allow such misery in the lives of those he has ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’. As is with the life of Job, we do not always get an answer.

  2. This chapter is full of questions that boil down to what is God truly like. And although God may not answer us or Job immediately when these questions come into our heads, He has provided His word to give us truth. And difficult circumstances are an opportunity to believe those things rather than trusting in feeling or what circumstances seem to be communicating. Now that is not to say that human suffering can’t be great and maybe Job’s the greatest, but it still does not change the unshakeable truth of God’s nature and the consistency of who He is. Does it please God to oppress Job or does He smile on the wicked?(v.3)? Faith says no. Does He see as mortal man (v.4) or does He conceal in His mind the hidden desire to destroy and punish us and any good He does is just a set up? (v 5-13). Faith says no. Is it better that we didn’t exist, or better that God turn away from us so we can have joy (v 18+20). Faith says no.

    Now it is true that Job may not have an explanation of why things are happening just like we may not know why things are happening to us, but what we can always rely on is who God is! He is always good and He always does and allows things for a reason. He is always there to comfort, console and encourage. He always loves and always perseveres. And we need to claim these things by faith when the darkness and desperation invades our hearts. And allow the light of God’s truth to overcome there so even if things don’t change, we can still have the right perspective of Who is with us.

    I think that is what Job is intended to teach us.

  3. In the midst of his complaint, a reminder of God’s character

    11 You clothed me with skin and flesh,
    and knit me together with bones and sinews.
    12 You have granted me life and steadfast love,
    and your care has preserved my spirit.
    13 Yet these things you hid in your heart;
    I know that this was your purpose.

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