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January 2, 2019

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

Job 7 (ESV)

“Has not man a hard service on earth,
    and are not his days like the days of a hired hand?
Like a slave who longs for the shadow,
    and like a hired hand who looks for his wages,
so I am allotted months of emptiness,
    and nights of misery are apportioned to me.
When I lie down I say, ‘When shall I arise?’
    But the night is long,
    and I am full of tossing till the dawn..
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  1. Job 7:7-8 (ESV)
    7  “Remember that my life is a breath; my eye will never again see good. 8  The eye of him who sees me will behold me no more; while your eyes are on me, I shall be gone.

    Job in chapter six addresses his friends and in chapter 7 his lament now focuses back on God. When we face suffering and pain often times our perspective of God is distorted. We feel that God has in one sense abandoned us and in the other will not allow us to die and have deliverance of our suffering. I remember these painful feelings.

    But each time I faced these I had to try to bring my emotions back in line with what I know about God. Dr. James Dobson wrote a book many years ago, entitled “Emotions Can You Trust Them”, and the answer is no. Emotions can be great, like when I experience those very close and intimate times with God. But in times of depression and suffering, they are like looking through translucent glass blocks; everything is blurry and distorted. As Jim said of yesterday’s reading, “Anguish is all consuming at times”.

  2. How can you not feel bad for Job as he expresses his pain in such graphic and heart wrenching terms? What a reference point he provides for all the ages as we suffer loss and wonder if anyone else understands the pain or has been through what we have or can give words to what we what we are feeling. And yet I think that is why his words are recorded: to provide a voice for the suffering. And although at times it is very tempting to think God has abandoned us, or is hounding us or using us as a pawn, we know better from the insight this book provides, both in the background of where the suffering is coming from and it’s purpose as well as God’s answer at the end. Oh, yes He can be trusted even if we don’t feel like He can be. Or yes He is with us even if we feel alone. And yes He is working even when nothing seems to be happening, though outwardly we waste away, inwardly we are being renewed day by day (2 Corinthians 4:16-18). Thank God we have that hope and confidence in Christ!!!!

  3. 20 If I sin, what do I do to you, you watcher of mankind?
    Why have you made me your mark?
    Why have I become a burden to you?
    21 Why do you not pardon my transgression
    and take away my iniquity?

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