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.

The Reading for Today
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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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