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12 November 2009

Scripture:

1 Then the Lord said to Job, 2 “Do you still want to argue with the Almighty? You are God’s critic, but do you have the answers?” 3 Then Job replied to the Lord, 4 “I am nothing—how could I ever find the answers? I will cover my mouth with my hand. 5 I have said too much already. I have nothing more to say.” (Job 40:1-5 NLT)

God reprimanded Job for his criticism of God’s justice and fairness. It wasn’t that things were obviously fair and just from Job’s or any other human’s perspective – they weren’t. It was that Job thought things through and came up with the wrong answers because he couldn’t see the whole picture. He lost his point of reference – that God is loving, just, and good.

Into every life come situations and circumstances that seem to have no right answers. Through the centuries, Job’s story has helped a lot of people deal with unexplained tragedy and loss.

Interestingly, God didn’t explain why all the bad things had happened to Job. Seems like it would have been nice to know!

Encouragingly, Job humbled himself and repented for challenging God. And his faith trumped his unanswered questions.

I need to know that God knows the answers. I need to know that he has the answers to the things I will never understand. I need to know that he will forgive me for my fear, frustration, and questioning when I’m in the dark. I need to know that the answers to life’s most challenging questions are revealed on a “need to know” basis.

Thanks, Job, for living the story that helps me deal with life when it seems to be all questions and no answers.

Prayer:

Father, please help me learn all I can – all I need to learn – from Job. I don’t want to unnecessarily repeat lessons you’ve taught through the life experience of others. I don’t want to hurt unless it’s the only way to be who you want me to be and to get to where you want me to go. Thank you for having the answers. I love you and trust you. Amen.

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