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January 8, 2019

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

Job 13 (ESV)

“Behold, my eye has seen all this,
    my ear has heard and understood it.
What you know, I also know;
    I am not inferior to you.
But I would speak to the Almighty,
    and I desire to argue my case with God.
As for you, you whitewash with lies;
    worthless physicians are you all.
Oh that you would keep silent,
    and it would be your wisdom!
Hear now my argument
    and listen to the pleadings of my lips..
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    1. Ken, there is a fine line between godly confidence and pride. We would have to see Job’s heart to really know, but he seems here to direct his thoughts and trust to God and not himself. All his negativity is addressed to his friends and not to God. And they probably deserve it with their presumption. But you are not wrong to wonder if he is and recognize the slippery slope that exists when we boldly declare, we know definitively what’s up.

  1. Job 13:11 (ESV)
     Will not his majesty terrify you, and the dread of him fall upon you?

    Do I consider the majesty that is God’s and his alone? Sometimes I take God for granted; his grace and mercy are poured out for us, but in daily living do I forget he is God and not my buddy?

  2. Boy, Job really lets his friends have it here, doesn’t he? He clearly wants to hear from God and not from them, which isn’t such a bad thing…Verse 15a is one for the memory bank, Though He slay may, yet will I hope in Him!!! Job recognizes as we all should that it is God’s opinion that matters and He is open to us bringing our case to Hm, as long as we are patient to hear back from Him and obey what He dictates.

    But then Job goes from hoping in God (indeed this will turn out for my deliverance). to questioning what God is doing and who He is (Why do you hide your face from me and consider me your enemy?). This back and forth is pretty typical when suffering is deep. We can tend to facilitate from faith and hope, to fear, anger and doubt. But the best place to bring all of that is to God and sift it through our minds and before His thrown. And in the end, we will see what holds water, what is true and find God faithful regardless of what circumstances we find ourselves in.

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