September 15, 2017
Read: Job 42:1-17
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Scripture- Job 42:2-5 “2 I know that you can do anything and no one can stop you. 3 You asked, ‘Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorance? It is I—and I was talking about things I knew nothing about, things far too wonderful for me. You said, ‘Listen and I will speak! I have some questions for you and you must answer them. I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes.”
Observations- Job´s story obviously had a happy ending. The just man, who suffered so much without a reasonable cause, finally had healing and retribution. All that had been taken away from him was not only returned but multiplied. His philosophic debates finally came to a conclusion, his friends apologized with him and his faith was more enriched than his wallet.
Application- It´s ok to ask all kinds of questions as we all go through bumpy roads in our journey. It´s even ok to direct those questions to God. One of the most interesting discoveries we make as we go through our trial and tribulations, is that God wants to have a personal and authentic relationship with us so, He will use every good or bad moment to draw us closer to Him. Our problem is that we tend to respond better to the bad ones. On the other side of the story, the attitude of Job´s friends proves that when tragedy hits, people will express their compassion and sympathy in many different ways. Some will come as judges, reminding us about the causes and consequences of our behavior. Some will act like paparazzi, willing to capture the moment just to set the snowball in motion. And others will simply pat our shoulders and move on with their priorities. But as this story comes to an end, it really blows our minds to find out that… 1. Tragedies can strengthen our faith if we decide to stick to God´s unfailing promises. 2. Forgiveness is the fruit of an authentic understanding of God. And 3. The aftermath of it all is healing and retribution. It is then that… “we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” (Romans 8:28)
Prayer- “Open the eyes of my heart Lord, open the eyes of my heart, I want to see you, I want to see you. To see you high and lifted up, shining in the light of your glory. Lord, pour out your power and love, as we sing Holy, Holy, Holy. Holy, Holy, Holy, I want to see you.” (Paul Baloche) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZX7mPbF6J0