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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Job: Why Me, Lord?

October 1

(Job 38:1-3 NIV)  "Then the Lord answered Job out of the storm. He said: {2} "Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge? {3} Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me."

(Job 42:3-12 NIV)  "You asked, 'Who is this that obscures my counsel without knowledge?' Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. {4} "You said, 'Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer me.' {5} My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. {6} Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes." {7} After the Lord had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, "I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has. {8} So now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly. You have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has." {9} So Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite did what the Lord told them; and the Lord accepted Job's prayer. {10} After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before. {11} All his brothers and sisters and everyone who had known him before came and ate with him in his house. They comforted and consoled him over all the trouble the Lord had brought upon him, and each one gave him a piece of silver and a gold ring. {12} The Lord blessed the latter part of Job's life more than the first. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys."

Job’s biggest problem was not what he lost. His biggest problem was his theology. Job believed that God always punished evil and rewarded good. Thus he concluded that God must be unfair or simply not paying attention. How many times has God endured the same questions Job and his friends asked? How many times has God listened to the same whiny complaints that many of us will make today? Are we really foolish enough to think that God will suddenly step back and say, “Wow, I never thought about that before. What was I thinking? I’m sorry for any inconvenience life has caused you.” Don’t hold your breath! God asks the questions -- we gulp for answers. God does the talking -- we do the repentance. He is the Potter -- we are the clay. He is eternal -- we are dust. He is the Creator -- we are the created. God is the sovereign One. He does not answer to us -- we answer to Him. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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