My friend Kristie and I continue our study of the book of Job - and we are loving it! Such a rich book filled with the truth of God's sovereignty.
Last week we read several chapters, and while there were only three small sections that caught my attention, they caught ALL of my attention.
I hope someone else will be challenged and encouraged as well!
(Zophar speaking to Job about "the way of the evil man.")
In his self-sufficiency he will be in distress;
Every hand of misery will come against him. Job 20:22
This verse hit me between the eyes!
I constantly have to battle NOT to do things of my own will, and in my own strength and then say, “Please bless it, Lord!”
Instead, I must ask, “Where are YOU working, Lord? Draw me into YOUR work!”
I love the way the Lord pairs self-sufficiency with distress because it is pretty darn accurate!
Striving exhausts us.
Resting in the strength of the Father? A refreshing delight!
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
“Even today my complaint is bitter; My hand is listless because of my groaning.
Oh, that I knew where I might find Him, That I might come to His seat!
I would present my case before Him, And fill my mouth with arguments.
I would know the words which He would answer me, And understand what He would say to me.
Would He contend with me in His great power? No! But He would take note of me.
There the upright could reason with Him, And I would be delivered forever from my Judge.
I love this! Job’s miseries have not come to an end, yet once again he looks UP and remembers who his God is. He honors the Lord’s goodness and His perfect character as he proclaims that God is a fair judge who listens to His children.
“He would take note of me.”
This reminds me of the story of Zaccheus. Jesus sees him (in the tree) - He knows him (calls his name) - He wants him (let’s have dinner together).
Job understood that God is our Shepherd and He calls us by name!
When He works on the left hand, I cannot behold Him; When He turns to the right hand, I cannot see Him. But He knows the way that I take; When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.
My foot has held fast to His steps; I have kept His way and not turned aside.
I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth
More than my necessary food. Job 23:9-12
Another monologue of PRAISE!
And in it, Job reminds those around him that he is a faithful servant of the Lord.
“My foot held fast to His steps.”
“I have kept His way and not turned aside.”
The friends may be blind to Job’s faithful obedience and love of the Lord, but Job is not! He knows what his relationship with God looks like, and he stands securely in that knowledge.
And we have chapter one to remind us of this truth!
There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil. Job 1:1
Studying the Word of God with a sister in Christ is a privilege and a sweet joy.
If you have never studied Scripture in this way, I highly recommend it!
Sharing the truths, convictions, and insights of the Bible is a precious thing when you do so -
with a friend.