Before we start our reading of Job, I wanted to share a pic of 2 of my favorite guys. Clyde is the little fellow who looks like he is up to something. He’s a crazy dog who makes us laugh. (yes, we are animal loving people!) The other is my dad. My dad is currently fighting his 3rd fight against cancer. It has been frustrating journey in so many ways. But it has also had its moments of special blessings. I was so blessed to see the number of people who came out to a cake walk in the tiny town of Craigsville—so many in fact that close to $6000 was raised! From a cake walk! Crazy good! To see the people there that loved my dad and supported him was a wonderful blessing.
I have been blessed to also see how he has handled his cancer. He has had his bad times for sure. But he has fought the fight—never giving up. I hope if I ever am forced to, that I will fight with the same bravery and strength that he has.
Dad with Ab. Notice Ab’s necklace..It’s a turkey spur necklace. Dad made one for him and Josh. That’s my dad! :)
On to our reading…..
Job 12:1 through 14:22
Job’s rebuke….well.well.well….Job kinda lets them have it here doesn’t he?
A couple of interesting things…12:4 “I have become the laughingstock to my friends” That hurts doesn’t it? When your friends just don’t understand you? your pain, your desires? your passions? your heart? I feel so bad for Job here.
Chapter 13 continues on with his rebuke and righteous indignation. He asks his friends “would it turn out well if He were to examine you?” OUCH!
Here is the part I love…”Though he slay me, yet will I hope in Him.” (13:15) No matter what Job is feeling, no matter his hurts and his losses—he still places his hope in God.
Here is my favorite part of Job so far “I will wait for my renewal to come. You will call and I will answer you; you will long for the creature your hands have made. Surely then you will count my steps but not keep track of my sin. My offenses will be sealed up in a bag; you will cover over my sin.” (14:14b-17) A beautiful picture of New Testament grace!
However Job just as quickly jumps back into despair. Just like we can do at times…
Here is what I have learned through life—a lot of times we can feel so many emotions and those emotions can quickly take over. Those who know me well, know that I am an emotional creature. Cry over anything..Seriously. I cried in cartoon movies. Open Season, Monsters Inc. –Yep, I cried. Went to take the kids to Charlotte’s Web and I was crying so bad that I waited to leave until all the people left so I wouldn’t be seen sobbing..you know, that crying where you make weird noises --like a big baby! Sometimes those emotions can also overtake me! Make me do things I shouldn’t and say things I shouldn’t.
Many times our emotions can have more to do with the junk in our past and hurts in our heart than what is really going on around us. Other times we are in serious real pain that threatens are beliefs and faith. Friends—at these times—don’t rely on those emotions! Feel them, identify them and pour them out to God. If you are mad—tell Him! Hurt—cry out to Him! Then go back to what you KNOW about God. What you KNOW to be true. You KNOW that He is love. (though you might not feel loved) You KNOW that He is good. You KNOW that He is ever present (though you may feel like He is far away)
Keep friends around that will remind you of that when it begins to slip away and your faith is faltering.
Please testify in the comments about what you KNOW to be true of God. Let’s lift Him up!
Here is what I KNOW…though life my stink at times and I can’t completely understand—I KNOW that God is omniscient and knows best. I KNOW that He sees the future, the present, and the past. I KNOW that He has my best interests (or my loved ones) at heart.
I KNOW that about my God.