Day 12 part 2

Day 12 Reading – Job Chapters 32-34

“Here’s what you said. I heard you say it with my own ears. You said, ‘I’m pure—I’ve done nothing wrong. Believe me, I’m clean—my conscience is clear. But God keeps picking on me; he treats me like I’m his enemy. He’s thrown me in jail; he keeps me under constant surveillance.’

“But let me tell you, Job, you’re wrong, dead wrong! God is far greater than any human. So how dare you haul him into court, and then complain that he won’t answer your charges? God always answers, one way or another, even when people don’t recognize his presence. ”  Job 33:8-14 The Message

Job argued that he was innocent.

Job blamed God for Job’s troubles.

Elihu is not repeating Job’s actual words, but Elihu chooses words that emphasise Job’s main ideas.

Job thought that God might never help him (Job 24:1).

But God is always good. Even when Job was suffering, God was helping Job. God had a message for Job (chap 38-41).

But while Job was complaining, he was not ready to hear God’s message. So Elihu taught Job about God. Elihu will be used by God (powered by the Holy Spirit) to prepare Job to meet with God.

Isn’t that way life is for many of us.

We get so busy complaining about how unfair life is and how we deserve better than this or that. And while we complain, we keep asking God to answer – to do something.

The reality is that we cannot hear God speak because

1) we are too busy making noise and

2) we are not ready to hear God.

Be still and prepare to hear God speak …

 

Day 13 Reading – Job Chapters 35-37

Author:

I am a United Methodist Pastor and have the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor for the church of my childhood. I preach in a place I once was an acolyte. I love to preach, but more importantly I love to teach. I firmly believe that Faith Matters and should affect how we live. This blog is a place where I come to share the randomness that is life and faith ... and the intersection of the two.

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