Today I read Job 10-12

 

The beginning of Chapter 10 starts with Job continuing to plea to God. “I loath my life”

I will say to my God, do not condemn me, let me know why you contend against me.  Job goes on to ask God a series of questions. Does it seem good to you to oppress? To despise the work of your hands and favor the wicked. It seems as Job is trying to make sense of it all. The thing that amazes me about Job, He’s honest and asking God questions about knowing Jobs heart. Job never shakes his fist towards God. He simply doesn’t understand and he’s trying to make sense of it. And again he continues to plead with God, If I’m guilty of something please tell me. Then Job asks God “Why did you bring me out from the womb”? I would’ve rather of died at birth. Are my day’s not few? Please  love me alone so that I can find a little cheer.

Then JOb’s friend Zophar responds:

Your words will go unanswered, you’re words have no weight. Listen to me, my doctrine is pure, I pray that God speaks to you through my words. God is big and almighty, higher than heaven and deeper than hell. It’s measure is longer than the earth and broader than the sea. God is a perfect judge. Prepare your heart. Stretch out your hand. If you have sin in your heart, confess and put it away from you. Then you will have the peace you seek. Listen to me because you’re not seeing clear. You will fool yourself.

Then Job replied.

No doubt, I trust you and know your hear means well but I have understanding as well, I am not inferior to you. I am the laughing stock of my friends. I’m blameless and have misfortune, the thief mocks God and has security. And then Job points out all the obvious, I think it’s to remind himself who has complete authority. Ask the beasts, the birds, the plants on the earth, the fish in the sea who has created such things. In His hand is life. With God is wisdom and might he has counsel and understanding. He is almighty and has complete authority. He gives wisdom and he takes away wisdom. He builds and tears down nations.

The book ends with Job recognizing to his friend Zohpar that Job isn’t crazy, he is blameless, God is just but his wisdom is beyond their wisdom. God is allowing this to happen beyond their understanding. So whats my takeaway. Job has a strong foundation in his understanding of who God is. How did he get the wisdom of how big God is and how insignificant we are? I can only strive to be more like Job in my view of God

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