“Only two things do not do to me:
withdraw Your hand far from me
and let not the dread of You make me afraid.” 13:20-21
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In waves of poetry, Job expresses praise as well as pain. Notice the verbs in chapter 12 assigned to God. The very act of Job’s expression loosens the constant pounding of the pain in his heart, freeing him to come to the poignant prayer in the verses for the day. Dwell on them until they engrave prayer upon your heart.
Competition instead of compassion: this is what Job’s friends contribute. Their responses are blocks in the path to where the Lord is leading him. Job’s words reveal the intimacy that he really has with the Lord. It is trust in God that ultimately brings Job to the place of resolution from all that is torturing him. God is even using the heartless responses of Job’s friends in the process.
Will you be open to how God’s hand is upon you, though you may not see it?
What are these?
In your hand is life and breath. 12:10
Ear tests words as tongue tastes food. 12:11
With God are wisdom and strength. 12:13
In silence is my wisdom. 13:5
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