God at Last

Tuesday – The Hebrew “Writings”

Job 38

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At last Job listens to the Lord. The strategy of God is not to answer the questions that have been the debate of the previous chapters, but rather, to pose more questions! The Lord simply repositions Job into his place in the universe. The result is silence. Job’s arguing and complaining ceases as he yields to pure wonder at the beauty of the world. It is beyond his capacity to understand. Contemplation wins out over competition and complaining.

The secret of your own peace lies in totally listening to the Lord speaking to you and asking these same questions. God speaks to you through the pen of Job. Pick up your own pen and let the Lord do the same through you. What does the Lord have to say to you after the debate in your head is over?

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
In Your presence, Lord, My God
The beauty of creation
Wisdom welling from within v. 36
Willing to live with questions

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Intimacy with God

Tuesday – The Hebrew “Writings”

Job 12—14
“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?

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
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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Snapped into Pain

Tuesday – The Hebrew “Writings”

Job 9—11

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As a child of Adam, Job cries out with the pain that flows into him and into us from Adam’s fall. The poetry of chapter 9 is Job’s attempt to stretch himself beyond the circle of his suffering into the larger sphere of God’s world. However, as a great bungee cord stretched to its limit, it snaps Job back into his pain that is the center of everything. Zophar makes all this worse when he, third of Job’s so-called friends, intervenes with his theology of sin. Instead of living with questions that evade easy answers, Zophar sets his speech to be the last word on the subject.

Give the Jobs in your life the compassion they need, but which they do not receive. Return this compassion to yourself at those points where your spirit quivers with Job’s.

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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Pouring out my suffering
Your hands fashioned and made me 10:8
I will turn to dust again 10:9
You grant life and steadfast love. 10:12

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When Love Is Absent

Tuesday – The Hebrew “Writings”

Job 6—8

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Though Job is filled with immense pain, anguish, and anger, there is beauty in the poetry that flows from his mouth.

Paul’s words from 1 Corinthians 8:1 apply to the attitude of Job’s friends: “Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies.” Love, not knowledge, is greater than evil. All the truth in the world, without love, amounts to nothing—amounts to evil. The absence of love allows evil to rush into the vacuum created. In all of Bildad’s judgmental words about Job and his wrongs, Bildad fails to see the arrogance of evil imbedded in his own loveless heart.

If you were to write or cry out the current “chapter” in your life just as Job does in his, how would the words flow? Will you trust the Lord and pour out your heart in prayer, sharing with the Lord how you feel about all aspects of your life?

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Never withholding kindness 6:14
Teach me: I will be silent. 6:24
Lord, be pleased to look at me. 6:28
Recalling: life is a breath 7:7

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Improving the Silence?

Tuesday – The Hebrew “Writings”

Job 4—5

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A Chinese proverb says, “Never speak unless you are improving on the silence.” Job’s so-called “friends” would have been much better at being quiet those seven days, than in speaking their hurtful words. Presence in silent love with one in grief releases more power than words.

However, silence it not enough for Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar. As you read their speeches, do so with the discerning heart that the Spirit will give. Their words are tempting fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Many of the verses are true and beautifully expressed in the dance of poetry that abounds in this book. However, it is not the whole truth, and nothing but the whole truth will do; anything less is a lie.

The friends become part of Job’s problem, instead of part of his solution. Be aware of the power of your silent presence.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Committing my cause to God 5:8
The Lord lifting the lowly 5:11
Mourners being safe in You 5:11
The healing hands of the Lord 5:18

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Job’s Restoration

Tuesday of Holy Week, March 26, 2013

Job 41—42

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The Book of Job concludes with God’s invitation to Job to contemplate one of the wonders of the world. Leviathan, the great sea monster, is presented for Job’s and our admiration, with the underlying awareness that God is the creator of this awesome creature.

The secret behind Job’s restoration is his humility and total abandon to the majesty of God. He repents from all pride and undue anger. His three “friends” receive a rebuke from the Lord. God condemns the arrogance behind their ways of thinking; yet they still have the means to repent.

Job has come full circle. Blessings of life and children return for him. It took much pain and anguish for him to get to that place. So may you find life through your suffering. Jesus found risen life for you in his.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
The wonder of creation 41:1ff
All of life a miracle 41:1ff
No purpose of Yours is lost. 52:2
Blessings returning to Job 52:10ff

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God Is the Center

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Job 35—37

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The sixteenth century Polish astronomer, Copernicus, demonstrated that the sun is the center, with the earth and planets circling about it. It was a revolution in his day. Elihu’s intervention does the same for Job’s world. Job is not the center: God is. Read today’s passage very slowly, so that your spirit will sense the shift, flowing easily along with his speech. Pause after his questions, so that any egocentric ways of thinking that you have will shift to a prayerful contemplation of God as the center of your world.

Yield to Elihu’s expression of faith and conviction. The images and poetry here will touch your spirit. Be open to the Lord who daily prepares you to receive God’s Word more and more. The concluding passage in Job comes next week, when God finally intervenes and does the talking.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
You giving strength in the night 35:10
Lured out of stress into peace 36:16
Your wondrous works, O my God! 37:14
Majesty surrounding You 37:22

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