Taking God for Better or Worse
Contrary to popular belief, God’s plans may include, “I, too, have been assigned months of futility, / long and weary nights of misery” (Job 7:3 NLT) . But tormented by turmoil, Job labored to understand God and his position with God.
“What are people, that you should make so much of us,Job 7:17–21 NLT
that you should think of us so often?
For you examine us every morning
and test us every moment.
Why won’t you leave me alone,
at least long enough for me to swallow!
If I have sinned, what have I done to you,
O watcher of all humanity?
Why make me your target?
Am I a burden to you?
Why not just forgive my sin
and take away my guilt?
For soon I will lie down in the dust and die.
When you look for me, I will be gone.”
HOW DOES THIS APPLY TO ME?
With no one else to turn to, Job’s suffering launched him into uncharted territory as he encountered God. For better or worse, Job saw God as his only course of action. His previous experiences with God had not educated Job to the nature of this encounter. Hence Job cried out to God, seeking to reconcile this version of life with what he did not understand about God. Within his confusion and frustration, Job’s humility prompted a deeper connection with God. Do I follow Job’s example?
God, what are people, that You should make so much of us, that You should think of us so often? For You examine us every morning and test us every moment. But how can a person be declared innocent in Your sight? For You are so wise and so mighty. Thank You, God, that we are innocent through Jesus Christ our Lord! . . .Job 7:17–18; 9:2, 4; Rom. 7:25
(excerpts from Desperate Dependency by J. Kirk & Melanie D. Lewis)
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