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January 7, 2019

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

Job 12 (ESV)

 Then Job answered and said:

“No doubt you are the people,
    and wisdom will die with you.
But I have understanding as well as you;
    I am not inferior to you.
    Who does not know such things as these?
I am a laughingstock to my friends;
    I, who called to God and he answered me,
    a just and blameless man, am a laughingstock.
In the thought of one who is at ease there is contempt for misfortune;
    it is ready for those whose feet slip....Continue Reading

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  1. Job 12:4 (ESV)
     I am a laughingstock to my friends; I, who called to God and he answered me, a just and blameless man, am a laughingstock.

    There will be times in life where we are suffering unjustly and we will be misunderstood perhaps even by those closest to us. This misunderstanding will add to the pain of the suffering just as it does here with Job.

  2. Struck by the verses that he is a laughing stock also by the subsequent verse “contempt for misfortune “
    Lot here from job as he maintains his integrity confidence and faith in the midst of such pain…reflects an inner strength that is impressive

  3. In his hand is the life of every living thing
    and the breath of all mankind.
    11 Does not the ear test words
    as the palate tastes food?
    12 Wisdom is with the aged,
    and understanding in length of days.

  4. It is interesting that Job kind of gives it right back to his friends. “I have a mind as well as you”, he says. It demonstrates that we should be open to the counsel of others but should also have a mind of our own as we seek God and have wisdom from Him. And Job here says he has a better relationship with God than they may understand. He is a laughingstock even though he is blameless and yet evil people have peace. He recognizes it sometimes happens that way. And who understands this, creation does. I love his appeal to it. Yeah if you talked to the animals they would show an understanding of God, they would tell you that all life is in his hands and that He is the one that orchestrates events. And He both tears things down and builds things up and He has the power and wisdom to do so. And when He acts, no one can oppose Him or change what He has determined. And even though his friends might not get that and attribute what has happened to him to be based in his behavior, the animals understand how God acts.

  5. A dramatic picture of our sovereign, powerful God!

    9 Who among all these does not know
    that the hand of the Lord has done this?
    10 In his hand is the life of every living thing
    and the breath of all mankind.
    11 Does not the ear test words
    as the palate tastes food?
    12 Wisdom is with the aged,
    and understanding in length of days.
    13 “With God are wisdom and might;
    he has counsel and understanding.

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