chronological day 24 :)

Please read Job 19, Job 20 and Job 21, and head on back!  We’ve got a familiar verse today – I wonder if it is one of your favorites too!  I know I’ve been sticking with the Message translation this year (I want to read familiar verses in new language so I resist the urge to “skim” 🙂 ), but sometimes, I’ve got to go back to the NKJV.  This is the version I was raised on, and some verses are so comforting to me, imagined highlighted and circled and starred and memorized in my favorite Bible!

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When I read these words within the context of Job’s speech and situation, it is so much more powerful:

“For I know that my Redeemer lives,
And He shall stand at last on the earth;
And after my skin is destroyed, this I know,
That in my flesh I shall see God,
Whom I shall see for myself,
And my eyes shall behold, and not another.
How my heart yearns within me!” (19:25-27 NKJV)

Job’s skin IS destroyed (remember 1:7-8? “Satan left God and struck Job with terrible sores. Job was ulcers and scabs from head to foot. They itched and oozed so badly that he took a piece of broken pottery to scrape himself, then went and sat on a trash heap, among the ashes”). His children and property ARE gone (remember 1:13-22?  Child after child reported dead).  His wife’s advice is that Job “curse God and die” (remember 2:9?). To all this, what is Job’s response, over and over again?

“Job arose….. and he fell to the ground and worshiped”  (1:20)

 “In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong” (1:22)

I’m just backing up a little today to remind us of the context.  It’s extraordinary that job stay faithful to the Lord.  He knows that his circumstances do not define God’s character.  Our circumstances do not define God’s character either-  let’s take our cue from Job and shout an “in spite of” or “anyway” praise to the Lord today!

 

 

One thought on “chronological day 24 :)

  1. Ralph Madrigal says:

    Job:19:13-14 My relatives stay far away and my friends have turned against me. My family is gone and my close friends have forgotten me.
    Job:20 Zophar says he must reply because he is disturbed and from there a dark cloud of insults and demeaning proceeds.
    Job:21 breakdown Job asks his so called comforters to listen what he has to say, they have done much of nothing else so pending an ear is the least they can do. I am so impressed that Job was able to dig deep and let zophar know that his words are empty and lies, he sees the world around him with evil prospering and yet no punishment comes to them. So what is going on with him has nothing to do with sin. He then explains GOD and he will talk, Zophar’s empty words are not needed.
    Today’s takeaway….look around you. Left, right…front, back…..There are folks, friends, neighbors who don’t walk with GOD and we wonder why they have a bigger house or greener grass. GOD wants you to be with him and enjoy life not live in material things. Our big home awaits us who are faithful. I want so badly to stay this path.

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