As I finished the book of Job in the Old Testament, there was a passage in Job’s confession and repentance to God that stuck out to me. “I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” Job 42:5-6 Job had just finished hearing an answer from the Lord, an answer that came in a… Read More
In one of Job’s late responses to his friends, he addresses the topic of wisdom. He echoes a familiar truth that meets find repeated over and over again in the book of Proverbs. “And he said to man, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.’” Job 28:28 When tragedy struck Job’s life, he wasn’t free from experiencing the deep hurt and pain,… Read More
Does the wild donkey bray when he has grass, or the ox low over his fodder?Can that which is tasteless be eaten without salt, or is there any taste in the juice of the mallow? Job 6:5-6 I’ve been taking a slow walk through Job’s story. Taking time to read, reflect, dialogue with God, and learn some valuable lessons for my life from Job’s experience. Reading over his first response to his friend in… Read More
Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said: Job 4:1 I hate it when those close to me are facing hardship. Not just because I see them suffering, but because I often find myself struggling for the right thing to say. I often feel I have to say something, that the moment requires my encouragement. When I look at the interaction of Job and his friends, I see at first what I struggle… Read More
I see in Job’s expression the same comfort and trust I see in David’s throughout the Psalms. Job in the processing of his grief, knew God was big enough to handle it. Job knew God was able to take the rawness of his feelings and thoughts. But what I find interesting in Job’s lament is not once does he blame God.
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The last two weeks have been long with some really high highs and low lows for our family. We’ve had some great highs with our oldest making the Freshman Volleyball team at school. We’ve had some lows saying goodbye to our dog Harley after 13 1/2 years of life. Seasonal allergies have begun to hit hard making for long nights with the youngest. And on top of it all, I’ve been trying… Read More